A continuation of learning: Creative learning through the arts 

Last week, we were able to announce our plans for phase two of Creative learning through the arts – an action plan for Wales.

We are now able to release further details as to how we will continue to support schools in realising the continuation of learning and put the arts and creativity at the heart of education. Below is an opportunity to get involved with the programme.



As we are all adapting to new ways of working together, we too are exploring how we can support schools in realising the continuation of learning by putting the arts and creativity at the heart of education. The Arts Council of Wales, in partnership with the Welsh Government, are thrilled to announce a bespoke online Lead Creative Schools offer open to all schools.

The ground-breaking scheme which to date has worked with over 600 schools across Wales has been re-imagined as an online offer. It will continue to provide opportunities for teachers and learners to explore creativity across all areas of learning, drawing on the skills and knowledge of existing Creative Professionals.


What is the Lead Creative Schools Scheme?

The Lead Creative Schools Scheme provides the opportunity to explore creative approaches to teaching and learning with the support of creative professionals.

Each project is unique and designed to help address specific challenges schools and learners may be facing and that have usually been identified in the school’s development plan. In addition, it aims to nurture the creativity of learners and raise attainment aligned to the Welsh Government priorities of Literacy, Numeracy and reducing the impact of deprivation. The scheme has also supported schools in preparing for the new curriculum. One of the key findings from the evaluation of the scheme is how the creative approach to learning engages all learners across a range of subjects and areas of learning, raises confidence and improves attainment.


Our online Lead Creative Schools offer – what you can expect

  • A bespoke project tailored to the specific needs and interests of your learners at this time
  • Working alongside creative professionals online to plan and deliver a short creative learning project in an area of learning identified by you 
  • Taking part in an online professional learning session, focused on developing creative habits of mind and delivered by the Arts Council of Wales Creative learning team

We anticipate that the project will involve between 3 and 4  online sessions over a period of three weeks. The project will support pupils to develop and share their learning between sessions in imaginative and creative ways.


Eligibility criteria:

  • Available for any state-maintained schools (Foundation phase – KS4)
  • Priority will be given to schools who have not yet been a part of the Lead Creative Schools scheme
  • Taking part in our online offer will not prevent new schools from applying for future Lead Creative Schools initiatives in its traditional format.


What schools will be required to do:

  • Designate a teacher who will apply and take part in the project on behalf of the school. This should not necessarily be a teacher within the Expressive Arts area of learning and experience.
  • Identify a small group of learners (up to 30) that will take part in the project with the teacher and creative professional.
  • The designated teacher will need to attend a half day online professional learning session with the Arts Council of Wales, week commencing 1 June 2020.
  • Collaborate online with a Creative professional to plan and deliver a creative learning project.
  • Provide a short reflection on what has been achieved by taking part
  • Share the output from the project. This can be images, film, written work, testimonials from pupils and/or staff
  • Identify communication channels between the teacher, creative professional and pupils

How to apply

Schools will need to submit an expression of interest from the designated teacher under the following headings

  • Name of the teacher who is applying and designated to implement the project
  • School name, address and school code. 
  • Why you want to explore creative learning approaches?
  • Why you would like to collaborate with a creative professional?
  • What methods are you using to deliver to your learners at this time?
  • A supporting statement from Headteacher or member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Details of the pupils taking part in the project. Please give an idea of number of pupils and year group.
  • What priority would you like to address through this project; literacy, numeracy, or other aspects of reducing the impact of deprivation such as wellbeing.
  •  What art forms are you interested in working in?


Closing date

Please send your expression of interest to creative.learning@arts.wales by 12pm Monday 11 May 2020 using the subject line ‘Online Lead Creative School intervention’.


Proposed timeline:

  • Launch: 28 April
  • Deadline: 12pm, Monday 11 May 2020
  • Successful applicant notified: week commencing 18 May 2020
  • Individual school briefings: week commencing 1 June 2020
  • Project delivery: between Monday 8 June – Friday 3 July (During this period, schools and Creative Professionals will hold 3 sessions: 1 session per week. We ask that these sessions take place consecutively).
  • Delivery: 8 - 29 June 2020