Teachers benefit from creativity scheme

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The Creative Partnerships programme boosts teachers' skills and career progression, according to independent research carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

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A survey of 2,295 teachers involved in Creative Partnership's national learning programme, managed by charity Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), shows the positive impact that it has on learning, personal development, interpersonal and teaching and leadership skills.

The survey found that:

- 93 per cent of teachers felt the programme contributed to their professional development

- 62 per cent felt that it had a greater impact than other professional development programmes

- 76 per cent of teachers said the programme gave them an enhanced enthusiasm for teaching

- 86 per cent of teachers said that working with Creative Partnerships in schools helps them to develop skills for working with creative professionals

- 80 per cent said it gave them the confidence to try new ways of working that help children to be more creative.

Paul Collard, chief executive of CCE, said, 'The recent schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, argues that teachers learn best from other professionals and that too little teacher training takes place on the job. Creative Partnerships is already doing this successfully.

'It is already proven that Creative Partnerships improves pupils' skills, motivation and attainment, and now we know that it also impacts on teachers' confidence and professional development.'

Last year, funding for Creative Partnerships was withdrawn by the Arts Council England following the Government's spending review (News, 11 November 2010).

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