Wales is leading the way with its ground-breaking creative learning scheme, which puts the arts and creativity at the heart of education and is transforming teaching methods across the curriculum. 

To date, the Arts Council of Wales programme, supported by Welsh Government has supported over 80% of schools in Wales.

Sian James, Programme Manager said:

“We have adapted our creative learning programme since the start of the pandemic to offer a variety of resources that allow learners to work independently with others in a classroom environment, or resources that allow them to work from home when classrooms have to isolate.  We deliberately devised a programme that recognises that many learners were under the same roof as other siblings or a parent working full-time.”

One of the schools that joined the scheme during lockdown was Canolfan Addysg y Bont, Llangefni, Anglesey. Here’s feedback from one of the parents:

“He loved it! He was really happy afterwards! It gave me peace of mind too, as I was worried about his social interactions after leaving school with just a family, but he was great and enjoyed all the tasks.”

The scheme, which is supporting schools to prepare for Curriculum for Wales 2022 is designed to use creative techniques to improve attainment, develop the skills of teachers and reduce the impact of deprivation in Wales’ primary, secondary and special schools.

Schools, teachers, and creative professional can celebrate the work created as part of Creative learning through the arts by using the Twitter hashtag #CreativeLearningWales.