Creative Teacher is a two-year teacher development programme designed to mentor and support teachers in creative learning techniques.

The programme will work directly with up to 21 teachers, from seven primary schools across Belfast, to support their pupils in developing critical thinking skills through creative practice in both drama and visual art.

‘Creative Teacher’ has grown out of Young at Art’s ‘Creative Child’ programme and will align with ‘The World Around Us’, part of the Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculum. Participating schools have been part of Young at Art’s Creative Child programme and other engagement programmes in previous years, meaning they already enjoy strong positive relationships with Young at Art and their artists. Supporting the home-school interface is at the core of Young of Art’s engagement programmes with these schools, a guiding principle which will continue through ‘Creative Teacher’. As this will be the first year of this project, it will also seek to support teachers in the new challenges faced in the classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions.

This programme is fully funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of their Teacher Development Fund. This fund aims to support teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to deliver effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.

Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagain in North Belfast is one of the seven primary schools due to participate in ‘Creative Teacher’. Principal Máire Uí Éigeartaigh said;

“Our pupils really enjoyed taking part in the creative child project - it gave them a wonderful opportunity to explore their creative side through art, drama and performance and brought a whole new dimension to this area of the curriculum.

“We are looking forward to the creative teacher project which will give teachers an enriching professional learning opportunity in a much neglected but extremely important area of self-expression which complements all areas of the curriculum.”


Creative Teacher Schools:

· Ballysillan Primary School

· Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin

· Cliftonville Integrated Primary School

· Donegall Road Primary School

· Nettlefield Primary School

· Our Lady’s Girls’ Primary School

· Seaview Primary School


Thank you to Funders and Supporters:

· Paul Hamlyn Foundation