Day of Poetry final at The Foundling Museum. Photograph by Hayley Madden

Pure Poetry

The second annual Creative Education Trust Day of Poetry was a feast for the ears and mind. A girl and boy finalist from each Creative Education Trust primary school chose a poem to recite from an anthology compiled for the purpose. Another girl and boy were finalists in the parallel competition for an original poem…. Read more »

All Change Please!

Creative teams from the five primary schools assembled at Abbeyfield for the final of Change 2018, the enterprise competition devised by 7BillionIdeas for Creative Education Trust. David Harkin, the impresario behind the agency, welcomed pupils and their teachers in dynamic style, before leading warm-up exercise in ingenuity and problem-solving. Next, each team set up a… Read more »

Caister Academy Principal Michelle Strong with students of the school council

Caister: a Good School

The new year brought our first inspection of 2018, at Caister Academy, deemed by Ofsted to have ‘serious weaknesses’ before it joined Creative Education Trust. The new report glows with praise across all four categories: leadership, teaching and learning, student welfare and outcomes. “Leaders and governors have driven sustained and effective improvements, and changed the culture… Read more »

Abbeyfield School perform Julius Caesar as part of Creative Education Trust's Day of Shakespeare 2017

Fear, greed, treachery and hatred

‘Fear, greed, treachery and hatred’ never looked so good. Weavers Academy opened Creative Education Trust’s double Days of Shakespeare with Richard III; the villainous drama and background narrative cleverly integrated in three ingenious twisting frames and several excellent performances. Lynn Grove’s Romeo and Juliet proceeded from comedy to sorrow with elegance and charm. Caister’s As… Read more »

Winners of the 2017 Creative Education Trust Sixth-form public speaking and essay writing prize with judges Kirsty Dias and Paul Lay

‘Safety in numbers?’ Sixth Form Public Speaking Prize

Seven sixth formers contended for the 2017 public speaking prize with a ten-minute speech addressing the proposition ‘Safety in Numbers’. Eloquence, ingenuity and evidence were applied to a wide range of arguments and purview. Sophia Nichol of Abbeyfield took on the big theme of democracy and argued for lowering the voting age to 16. Emily Kuhn of… Read more »

Eleven Ideas to Change the World

Are you ever too young for enterprise? In January, the creative agency 7BillionIdeas set in motion an enterprise challenge for Creative Education Trust primary schools which culminated in yesterday’s final at Abbeyfield School in Northampton. The challenge, supported with excellent resources to guide brainstorming, prototyping and presentation, was simply to propose an idea that could… Read more »

A Feast of Shakespeare

Kicking off the Christmas season with a feast of dramatic gusto and visual delight, Abbeyfield School in Northampton was host to the two CET Days of Shakespeare. The first, Shakespeare 3 x 3, featured Ash Green’s Tempest, the Hart School’s Twelfth Night and Othello set in a 1940s gambling den by Thistley Hough. Lewis Kent… Read more »

Sixth-formers make their own luck

The third year of CET sixth form competitions has reached its climax in the public-speaking final at London’s Swedenborg Hall. Six finalists address this year’s theme, “You Make Your Own Luck” and we enjoyed a fascinating tour of determinism and self-efficacy intersecting fortune and fate. Barrister Hugh Davies OBE QC, our guest panellist for the… Read more »

We’ll Meet Again

Performers and production teams from all eight CET secondary schools joined forces in a spectacular Year 7 Day of Performance. We’ll Meet Again was a series of musical theatre excerpts from contemporary commissions in commemoration of World War II, produced with generous support form the Arts Council of England and PRS for Music Foundation. In… Read more »