The Creative Schools Partnership Programme is a three-year programme, funded by the Arts Council, Education Authority and the Urban Villages Initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for young people from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds and support them in contributing to positive change within Urban Village communities. The partnership meets a collective ambition to improve community cohesion, support government priorities and reduce educational inequalities.
An independent evaluation of the first year of the programme has concluded that the impact on the schools has been exceptional, especially in proportion to the cost. The programme made connections that have set in train an organisation-wide and leadership-driven move towards embedding creative learning. The impact on the community has been strong in places and is contributing to a longer-term process.