Tes Creativity Award 2021
This award is for independent schools that put creativity at the heart of their work. This isn’t about individual projects in art, drama, music or design – or even in science, technology or humanities: it is about enabling children to think differently, perhaps beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum.
The most outstanding institutions that the independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2021 Tes Independent School Awards.
Tes editor Jon Severs said: “After a difficult year for all schools, it is an honour to celebrate the Tes Independent School awards, not only to celebrate excellent practice but to ensure that practice is shared far and wide.
We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, which is testament to the great work all have done during the pandemic. The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement.”
The Dulwich entry focused on our activities in the Summer Term:
Let’s. Let’s seize the day.
When it became clear that things weren’t going to return to normal in the summer term 2020, we designed an 8 week online whole-school programme to embolden children to embrace change, take risks and throw themselves headlong into school life.
Each fortnight we focused on a different skill or discipline to make learning fun, challenging and encourage everyone to get out of their comfort zones: Let’s Sing; Let’s Create; Let’s Dance Our Socks Off; Let’s Write; Let’s Keep Moving Forward.
We kicked the programme off with rainbow portraits to encourage the children to really explore how they feel and see themselves. Through the See Saw app children exchanged observations about themselves and their peers. Children blossomed, compliments flowed, and most delightfully we saw children re-assess their earlier lockdown art projects and have another go.
By the end of the summer term every child had challenged themselves and learned the magical power of the word ‘Let’s’. Through the programme, and with the support of our comprehensive wellbeing curriculum, our children became noticeably braver. They inspired each other. We’ve seen greater participation in class, with a palpable increase in confidence and overall willingness to take a risk.