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CCE Research

Youth Voice in the work of Creative Partnerships


November 1, 2009

Author: Sara Bragg, Helen Manchester, Dorothy Faulkner

Institution: The Open University

Full reference: Bragg, S., Manchester, H. and Faulkner, D. (2009). ‘Youth Voice in the work of Creative Partnerships’. Creativity, Culture and Education. Newcastle: Creativity, Culture and Education.

Summary of key findings

Creative Partnerships’ foregrounding of youth voice has resulted in some significant work and innovations within schools and at regional levels in Creative Partnerships and beyond. This report focuses on areas of interesting practice, rather than offering a complete overview of how far youth participation has been developed across the whole of Creative Partnerships. It presents data on young people’s roles in governance, on youth voice and relationships; and on youth voice in the ‘co-production’ of learning.

The Creative Partnerships programme has raised the profile of young people’s participation in schools. This has partly been through the design of the questions asked in the planning and evaluation framework, the use of which is a condition of funding.

Creative Partnerships’ work in schools has sometimes marked significant cultural shift and raised expectations of what young people can and should be involved in, for example in governance. Teachers and creative practitioners often expressed surprise at what young people could achieve.

Research questions & methodology

Mapping: What kind of youth voice initiatives are being undertaken by Creative Partnerships and by Creative Partnerships schools?

Creativity: Is there a necessary relationship between the aspiration to develop creative learning projects and the aspiration to encourage youth participation?

Access: Which ‘stakeholders’ are involved in Creative Partnerships projects that attempt
to harness student participation?

Learning: (How) does participation offer new forms of identity and relationships to schools, teachers, creative practitioners and students in the creative learning process?

Read the report.