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Background information
1.     What is the Schools of Creativity Programme?
       The Schools of Creativity Programme is one of three new Creative Partnerships
       schools programmes being rolled out across England from 2008.

       It will enable a number of leading schools to engage in cutting-edge practice. They
       will develop innovative programmes with other schools and play a pivotal role in
       the strategic leadership of Creative Partnerships.

       Creative Partnerships, Arts Council England’s successful creativity programme for
       schools, will become part of a new independent organisation – Creativity, Culture
       and Education (CCE) on 1st April 2009. CCE with nationally manage Creative
       Partnerships. CCE has already assumed management of the Schools of Creativity
       programme.

2.     Does my Local Authority know about the Schools of Creativity programme
       and support it?
       Schools of Creativity is a national programme and its objectives therefore go much
       further than local development. We will ensure that Local Authorities are made
       aware of the programme. Creativity, Culture and Education area teams will
       encourage Local Authorities’ support and increase their understanding of the
       programme’s potential contribution to local strategic objectives.

3.     Who do I need to get in touch with to find out more?
       In the first instance please refer to the schools’ prospectus and this FAQ paper.
       You can download copies at www.creative-partnerships.com/soc. If your question
       is not answered, contact Pat Chapman at Creativity, Culture and Education
       (pat.chapman@cceengland.org)

Applications and selection

4.     Are stage 1 applications initially submitted to the Creative Partnerships Area
       Delivery Organisation?
       No, but Area Delivery Organisations will be consulted as part of the shortlisting
       process.

5.     Who makes decisions at each stage?
       At the first stage, a national selection panel will shortlist a maximum of 60 schools
       for progression to the second stage. The second stage of applications will involve a
       selection visit by members of the national selection panel, including a Creativity,
       Culture and Education director. Final decisions will be made by the national
       selection panel.




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6.     Can we include a supporting statement or reference from the local authority,
       the Creative Partnerships Area Delivery Organisation, or our current Creative
       Agent?
       Not at the first stage. However, during the second stage selection visit you may
       wish to provide supporting statements, or direct input from your partners.

7.     How long will the second stage selection visits last, who will be involved,
       and what will schools need to prepare?
       Visits will last one day and involve Creativity, Culture and Education staff,
       members of the national selection panel, and education consultants employed by
       Creativity, Culture and Education. It is up to schools to decide how they can best
       demonstrate why they should become a School of Creativity, and staff, pupils,
       Creative Practitioners and other key external partners should all contribute. A more
       detailed brief will be supplied to schools once they have been shortlisted to
       progress to the second stage.

8.     Why do the second stage selection visits take place at such a busy time?
       We recognise that this is a very busy time of the year – most are. For primary
       phase schools we would not wish you to involve children engaged in SATs. For
       secondary schools we hope that we can schedule around the demands of the
       exam timetable for both students and staff.

9.     What support can our Creative Partnerships Area Delivery Organisation give
       us to help us write our School of Creativity bid?
       None, as they will be involved in the shortlisting process.

10.    Can our current Creative Agent help us write our School of Creativity bid?
       Yes, although it is essential that your school is the main driver of the bid. Your
       application must demonstrate that your school has the internal capacity to become
       a successful School of Creativity and to take on a national leadership role.

11.    Can an unsuccessful school appeal if they are unhappy with the decision?
       We do not have a formal appeals process; however, all applicants will receive
       written feedback regarding their application.


What happens next?

Timescale

12.    If our bid is successful, when will the programme start?
       If your school is successful in its application, a Creative Agent will be selected and
       planning will commence in Autumn 2009, with a likely project start date and first
       payment in early 2010.

Funding
Please note that detailed guidance on the use of funds will be made available to schools
once selected.


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13.    What can Creative Partnerships funds be used for?
       Creative Partnerships funds should predominantly be used to cover the fees of
       Creative Practitioners and other external partners. In addition, funds can be used
       for materials, transport costs and small items of equipment related to the
       programme. Funds can be used for supply cover to release staff to plan and reflect
       in the network of schools only.

14.    If £20,000 per year is an average amount, how will actual levels of Creative
       Partnerships funding be determined?
       Actual levels of funding will be based on the size of the School of Creativity, the
       size and number of other schools in the network, and other factors relating to the
       planned programme and local conditions.

15.    Does the 25% contribution to programme costs need to be cash or can it
       include in kind support?
       Cash, although additional support in kind is also encouraged.

16.    Can the 25% school contribution pay for supply cover?
       No. Schools of Creativity are expected to make provision for staff to be released to
       coordinate, plan and evaluate as part of their core commitments. However, part of
       the funding allocated to schools to support programmes in the wider network of
       schools can be used for supply cover to release staff for planning and evaluating
       the programme.


17.    Is each school in the network required to contribute £5,000?
       No. A cash contribution of 25% of programme costs (an average of £5000) is
       required from the School of Creativity only.



Network of Schools
18.    What is the network of schools?
       This is a group of between four and ten schools that will work together with the
       support of the School of Creativity to develop their own creative programmes.

19.    Do prospective schools of creativity have to name the other schools in their
       network?
       Not necessarily at the first application stage, but you do need to demonstrate that
       you have a track record of working in partnership with other schools to influence
       their practice. However, if you are able to identify other schools you intend to work
       with, it may strengthen your application. If your school progresses to the second
       stage, we will expect you to identify schools in your network.

20.    Who decides on the network of schools?
       The School of Creativity itself, although this is likely to be in consultation with other
       schools you may already be working with, and possibly your Local Authority.
       Prospective Schools of Creativity will need to demonstrate why they wish to work
       with their chosen network, for example: geographical proximity, feeder schools,
       common interest, addressing local priorities.

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21.    Can schools in the network be in another Local Authority?
       We anticipate that most schools in the wider network will be from the same Local
       Authority so that Schools of Creativity can help contribute to local strategic
       objectives. Schools from another Local Authority can be included if there is a clear
       rationale for doing so.

22.    Will we be expected to hold meetings with our network of schools, other
       Schools of Creativity in our area and their school networks?
       Yes. We would expect Schools of Creativity to meet regularly with other schools in
       their network at least once every half term to plan, reflect and evaluate progress.
       You will need to be in regular contact with other Schools of Creativity locally,
       regionally and nationally as part of the commitment to sharing knowledge.



Creative Agents
23.    Who assigns Creative Agents to Schools of Creativity?
       Creative Agents will be selected by the School of Creativity. You may wish to
       consult Creativity, Culture and Education or your local Area Delivery Organisation
       on selection.
24.    An excellent Creative Agent has supported our school since we joined the
       Creative Partnerships programme. If successful in applying to become a
       School of Creativity, can we continue to work with the same Creative Agent?
       There is no reason why you cannot continue working with a Creative Agent who
       already has a relationship with your school. You will need to demonstrate that the
       Creative Agent will offer an appropriate level of advice, support and challenge to
       enable your school to become a successful innovator, leader and a catalyst for
       creativity in your partner schools.


Monitoring, evaluation and research
25.    How will the Schools of Creativity programme be monitored and evaluated?
       There will be a common self-evaluation process and monitoring procedure which
       will be applied to all projects across all schools, and Schools of Creativity will also
       undertake an annual self-review. Schools of Creativity should reflect their status
       strongly in their SEF, and Creative Partnerships will therefore give weight to the
       comments that Ofsted make on inspection. Additionally, Schools of Creativity will,
       on a random sample basis, occasionally be selected to undertake a more in-depth
       and reflective evaluation process which will be periodically subject to an external
       audit.

26.    What does the commitment to research involve?
       Schools of Creativity will be expected, as part of a nationally co-ordinated
       programme of research, to examine their programme in more depth. This may
       include working with external researchers and findings will be published in reports
       produced by Creative Partnerships or external researchers as part of the national
       research programme. From time to time, Schools of Creativity will also be able to
       become involved in evaluative research led by university partners and other
       external agencies which will be commissioned by the national office of Creative


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       Partnerships. We would always seek to establish such projects in ways which
       would mutually benefit all concerned and no schools would be expected to take
       part on a mandatory basis against their will.

27.    Can Creative Partnerships funds allocated to a School of Creativity be used
       to buy in external evaluators and researchers?
       No. The budget allocated to Schools of Creativity is to be used to support the
       development, delivery of the creative programme, and its evaluation by
       participants. External evaluation and research will be funded from a national
       budget, and Schools of Creativity will be expected to participate in nationally co-
       ordinated themed research programmes. To ensure we maximise our impact and
       avoid duplication, they should not spend their core budget on research but use the
       national themed research projects or the open call for teacher-focused research
       bursaries.


28.    Can funds be used to support the professional development of school staff
       and creative partners?
       The creative programme in the School of Creativity and the wider network of
       schools can include projects which have a strong professional development
       element and which help to retain a focus on enquiry and reflective practice.




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