By Tom Deveson, 2008
This essay describes a CPD programme developed with creative practitioners Eastside Educational Trust who worked in 22 schools in East London in 2005 to develop teachers' creative teaching skills. The practitioners supported teachers in creative classroom activities through either delivering a programme of school INSETs or embedding artists into the classroom as artists-in-residence.
The case study features three primary schools and one secondary school from the programme and explains how teachers moved the learning forward from INSET sessions and from working alongside artists into their own classroom practices. The teachers not only gained new ideas for arts in classrooms, but also a greater understanding of how to implement changes to their approach to teaching the curriculum.
The study also details the ways in which the school pupils benefited from embedding creative approaches in the classroom.