Creative Agents are the extended team of Creative Partnerships. The role has been established in acknowledgement of the unique and complex nature of partnership working, the value of an ‘independent’ perspective and the importance of sustained, supported relationships in ensuring effectiveness and reach.

Creative Agents need to be creative thinkers and ideas generators, able to successfully negotiate partnerships between schools, the wider creative and cultural sector and beyond through their proven understanding and sensitivity to the needs of these different sectors. Creative agents draw on their practical experience of ‘creativity’, and can act as a catalyst able to respond to a schools specific dynamic, rather than applying a pre-determined process.

Whether from arts, culture, education, science, or other sectors, their key skills will be their ability to challenge and support new practice in the field of creative learning.

Creative Agents support schools and creative practitioners through acting as a critical friend: this can mean asking challenging questions within a supportive context. They support schools and creative practitioners to work with young people as equal partners.

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© Catherine Watling 2009