Cultural Learning Alliance

In my opinion culture should be at the heart of the school curriculum so that every child can have the kind of cultural opportunities I was offered early in my education

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Artistic Director, Old Vic


BBC Get Creative: What’s the future of education?

Published 29 January 2015

Get Creative is a new, public-facing, year long campaign led by the BBC together with many other partners. It aims to raise the profile of arts, culture and creativity, to highlight their central place in all our lives and to celebrate where they happen all over the nation.

Get Creative will be launched through a series of events and debates all over the UK – some of which will be picked up and covered by the BBC on their TV or radio channels. Over the next year lots of different activities, programmes, events and art works will be part of the Get Creative Programme.

We think that the launch is a great opportunity to ensure that young people and learning have a profile in this process right from the start, so the CLA wants to ask all our members and supporters a question: 

‘What is the future of education?’

We will be holding an event in the launch week of 23 February at which will we ask young people to work with artists and teachers to think through and present their ideas on the future of education. We’ll collate and publish them, and ensure that the political teams and education leads in all the political parties who are writing the manifestos for the General Election are aware of them.

We want to showcase the fantastic power of cultural learning to inspire creativity and innovation.

We’d love you to be a part of this process too.


How to get involved:

  1. Hold your own event or debate in the launch week where you discuss the future of education.
  2. Come up with suggestions, manifesto pledges and ideas for education over the next 20 years. Be as visionary and as innovative as you’d like.
  3. Hold your event or debate in whatever format you’d like – workshops, meetings, a panel debate, a chat over coffee and cake, a twilight session, an online discussion, a festival, or a performance. You can make this discussion a part of an existing event or programme something new, it’s up to you.
  4. Invite anyone you’d like to be part of it – young people, teachers, artists, colleagues, policy makers, arts learning partners, parents.
  5. Let us know you’re having it – email with the details of your event and we’ll tell the BBC team that are covering the launch and we’ll send you the branding pack and further information about the scheme.
  6. Record your findings and your ideas. Let us know your top five suggestions for the future of education – you can send us videos, podcasts and artworks (with the right permissions), but put your ideas on paper too. We’ll include them in the dossier to send to policy makers. 


What is Get Creative?

Get Creative is a major celebration of the nation's culture and creativity. Led by the BBC and What Next? in collaboration with a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations, everyone is invited to get involved and share their creative talents.

How Get Creative came about?

Get Creative, led by the BBC and What Next?, came about as a result of the Warwick Commission on the future of cultural value, and collaboration with Voluntary Arts, Culture24, 64 Million Artists, Fun Palaces, Cultural Learning Alliance and Arts Council England.



What a brilliant idea! Our Patron Sir Ken Robinson is also filming a documentary called 'Creative Revolution' so this may be a good link? We will let you know about any events in Bath or Bristol area asap. Penny
Penny Hay 30 January 2015
I am interested in holding an event as we have ten schools exhibiting in our gallery on your launch week. Is there any funding attached to this ? I would need to pay an Artist Educator and this is not something that can come from our core funds? kind regards, Bridget
bridget virden 30 January 2015
Excellent. Would love to run something with our students generating the debate... email to follow.
Matthew Bisco 30 January 2015
Love this idea. Definitely want to get involved! Secondary school in the Cheshire area, if there are any nearby schools wanting to collaborate on this! Sarah
Sarah Mellor 30 January 2015
An awesome idea! Would love to gather a group of Drama teachers either in London or Edinburgh (or both!) to generate a debate. Anyone interested do email Thanks - what an exciting time! Adrienne
Adrienne Ferguson 30 January 2015
Get Creative is a sound idea. Especially in bringing people together. The sad part of the current situation is that we can't get the political parties to make clear their manifesto statements on the arts and on arts education. The government send the same cut and paste letter out every time we write to ask questions. If this can impact on their prevarication- that would make me happy. Campaigning is important, as is a collective voice.
Susan Coles 30 January 2015
Loving the idea - any artists/collaborators in the Lancashire area want to get involved?
Anna Booth 03 February 2015
As a parent and a cultural leader I support this idea. My daughter was shy while growing up but by participating in the children dance and drama group organised by our charity and later on attending Drama for her GCSE, she has built her confidence and went to be a President of a dance society at University. The sky is the limit for her she has performed in University dance competitions ,gone as far as Budapest and France to perform. I would like other children to have this opportunity.
Daisy Byaruhanga 04 February 2015
We are holding a Teacher Twilight event at Towner on 24th February so we'll include a debate about the future of education and come up with five good ideas to send you! If you want to take part follow this link:
Clare Halstead 05 February 2015
Fantastic idea. Would love to hear from any artists and/or organisations in the Winchester are who would like to generate a debate.
Katherine Howlett-Davies 06 February 2015
As well look to the future, in a time when change is accelerating at an ever faster pace, the only thing that remains of constant importance is the need for children and future generations to be creative! Education must respond.
Benjamin Summers 09 February 2015
I fully support any initiative to raise the profile of the need to encourage creative thinking throughout education. We are hosting a lecture/ discussion on creativity and diversity at the Graduate School of Education in Bristol in June. organised by artist educator - Pete Moorhouse and St Werburghs Nursery School (National teaching school;)
Pete Moorhouse 09 February 2015
At last! A chance to make the ordinary extraordinary.
Zareena 10 February 2015
Art and Education is fundamental for children and adults. I have been delivering educational programming alongside exhibitions in UK and abroad. I will think about incorporating debate in one of the projects in Hampshire this year. If any artist organise a debate in Winchester I would be happy to contribute or participate.
Helena Eflerova 16 February 2015

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