Ellesmere Port school to lead on innovative practices in teaching for creativity






St Bernard’s RC Primary School and Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust (HFCMAT) have been chosen as the lead organisations in the North West as part of a new initiative which supports creativity in schools. Following a report by Durham University, teaching for creativity in schools should be prioritised in order to equip young people with the skills they need in later life. Last year, Arts Council England announced funding of £2,780,000 to build a network of schools that will test a range of innovative approaches to teaching for creativity. The networks will trial varied methods of teaching that help children and young people to develop their creative capabilities and evaluate their effectiveness. The pilot will run until July 2024, testing out teaching approaches and curriculum development which can then be applied more widely throughout the education system. St Bernard’s, which is situated on Sherbourne Road, Ellesmere Port, has been selected as one of eight schools nationally to lead the programme. All four schools from HFCMAT will be taking part in the project along with eight others from across the region. The network of schools will be known as ‘Creativity Collaboratives’, with St Bernard’s naming its project group ‘C-Change’. The C-Change project was recently launched to schools and partners on Zoom, detailing the purpose and importance of the Creativity Collaboratives. Emily Reid, assistant headteacher at St Bernard’s, together with Andy Moor, CEO of HFCMAT, talked passionately about how the project will work. Professor Bill Lucas from the University of Winchester and Professor Louise Stoll from University College London also made guest appearances and spoke about why creativity matters in education. The schools taking part are: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (Birkenhead), Our Lady of Pity Primary (Greasby), St John Plessington Catholic College (Bebington), St Mary’s Catholic College (Wallasey), Parklands Community Primary and Nursery School (Ellesmere Port), Hinderton School (Ellesmere Port), The Oaks Primary School (Ellesmere Port), Kelsall Primary School (Chester), Park Primary School (Wallasey), New Heights School (Liverpool), Everton Free School (Liverpool) and Everton Nursery and Family Centre (Liverpool).