Creativity in the Classroom


This academic year has seen The Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Nottingham publish the first comprehensive study on why arts and cultural education matters to young people. The 6000 responses from young people aged 14 – 18 consistently mentioned that arts-based lessons and subjects taught in schools were the only places where they felt able to think creatively and explore their own thoughts, opinions and ideas.

With no right or wrong answers, arts subjects allow children and young people the freedom to develop their identities, consider ideas and alternative points of view and formulate arguments of their own. Often referenced as “soft skills”, these are regularly highlighted as some of the most important tools in young person’s skill set, preparing them for life beyond school and encouraging them to contribute to their communities and the wider world.


The report also highlighted the relationship between arts subjects and wellbeing and this we see daily in our Elysium schools, where our young people speak overwhelmingly about how much they enjoy and use the wealth of arts opportunities offered as way to release some of the pressures they experience whilst studying and to process the difficult emotions they experience as teenagers.

Within our Elysium schools, we are constantly exploring new and different ways to introduce creativity into our curriculum – teaching technology through stop motion animation, delivering science through river flood sculptures tested to destruction, offering online photography courses to journal story-telling, joining online singer/ songwriter courses from The Institute of Contemporary Music, London and using drama to explore returning to home schools.

Music, Art, Crafts, Drama, Media are golden threads throughout our day – with students recording their own CDs, performing with concert grade cellists and giggling their way through our Christmas Review shows.  Britain’s Got Talent may well see one of our own performing this coming season.

The report highlights the role arts and culture education plays in realising the potential in all young people; we see that daily in our schools.

Elysium Children & Education is an integral part of the care and treatment programmes facilitated within our services for young people. Our independent schools are registered with the department for education and regulated by Ofsted. The schools are located within each of our sites.

On admission to our Child & Adolescent specialist services, each young person will have access to education delivered by our on-site schools. The expert teaching teams work closely with our Child & Adolescent Mental Health services to provide a holistic education programme designed specifically around the needs and interests of each child or young person.

Lessons are taught in dedicated teaching classrooms within the school. Each classroom is decorated with creative artwork, inspiring quotations and imaginative posters all of which were produced by the students themselves.

If you would like to know more about our Child & Adolescent Mental Health services, please contact our 24 hour referral line on 0800 218 2398 or email us at