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 »

Shakespeare East and West

The CET Day of Performance expanded in 2015 to East and West days of Shakespeare over 48 hours: seven plays in total, each in an expertly edited half-hour version, featuring 128 student performers and 83 production design team members. Ash Green’s Romeo and Juliet opened the event, followed by Rugeley’s Macbeth and Thistley Hough’s A… Read more »

Speaking and Writing Well

The second award of CET sixth-form prizes – one for an essay, the other for public speaking – attracted twice the number of entries as the inaugural competitions in April. Six speaking finalists took the podium at Conway Hall, the London headquarters of the British Ethical Society, for ten minutes each to address the theme… Read more »