The Lead Creative Schools Scheme provides the opportunity to explore creative approaches to teaching and learning with the support of creative agents and practitioners.

This strand focuses on developing the creativity of teachers and learners across the curriculum. Schools are assigned a Creative Agent who will work with senior leaders and teachers to identify challenges within the school development plan that might benefit from a creative learning approach. Projects could explore how numeracy outcomes can be developed using sculpture or how film can be used to develop pupils’ literacy skills.

Schools apply to join the Scheme for two academic years receiving a grant of £10,000. After their first year, schools will have to demonstrate they have met the requirements of the scheme and that they have a clear plan for the next phase of their involvement.

Grant funding will pay for your project work over each academic year you are in the scheme. You will be expected to make a school contribution of 25% of the grant total. This may be met by cash from your school budget and/or other grants and can include the cost of your School Coordinator’s time (up to 10 days) working to support your engagement as a Lead Creative School.

Eligibility criteria

  • available for any state-maintained schools (Foundation phase – KS4)
  • schools who have not yet participated in the Lead Creative Schools Scheme and
  • any partner schools from Year 3 school to school development programmes, partner schools from Developing Creative Leaders programme and Lead Creative Schools ‘cluster’ schools (2015-2020)

Schools that participated in the Lead Creative Schools Scheme online, who have not already participated in the scheme are also welcomed to apply.

Please note: We are currently unable to accept applications for the Lead Creative Schools Scheme.

Frequently Asked Questions

The scheme is open to all state-maintained schools in Wales. However, please check the eligibility criteria above.

Learners can be from reception to Year 11. Unfortunately, you can not use this grant to work with nursery or post-16 learners.

This can come from supply cover costs to allow your school coordinator and teacher to attend the training session, your school coordinators time (up to 10 days) to help implement the project.

Your grant will be spent on creative practitioner time (£250 per day) and materials/resources to deliver the project. The money cannot be used to purchase equipment (including digital) or musical instruments.

Your school coordinator (a member of the senior leadership team) and one teacher will be required to attend the training. NB. this is likely to be 2-half days during w/c 9 November or 16 November.

Click on the link on this page.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 7 October.

A member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team should make the application on behalf of the school.