The educational vision of our sponsor, the Creative Education Trust, is ‘Knowledge Connected’. The Trust and its member schools believe that creativity is the ability to make new connections between the things we know, and to turn these connections into ideas and practical action. Connecting knowledge needs to be at the heart of education because is vital to improving standards and will make young people resourceful and employable in tomorrow’s knowledge economy.
At Abbeyfield School and other CET schools, six concepts connect what students know and do: Structure, Pattern, Meaning, Performance, Human Interaction and Practice. These concepts are recognised by educationalists, universities and employers as characteristic of successful employees, responsible citizens and resourceful adults. We use the concepts to link subjects across the curriculum and to foster personal development and employability.
The six concepts also underpin the thinking of professionals in engineering, architecture, design, construction, manufacturing and the digital industries, and they are the foundation of our unique Key Stage 3 design programme.
Our approach is unique and it is working. The Department for Education recently showed Creative Education Trust as one of the top performing multi-academy trusts.