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History

Our story for the past 27 years has been one of innovation and constant evolution in the field of creative learning.  At the heart of our work is the belief in the innate creativity of every individual. 

1997

IVE started out life in April 1997 as a research and development organisation with charitable status; known as CAPE UK (Creative Arts Partnerships in Education UK), a sister organisation to CAPE Chicago in America. Cape quickly established itself as thought leaders in the field of creative thinking and was at the forefront of research around creativity and the impact it can have on learning. The model developed centred around placing creative experts in the classroom alongside teachers to support them in delivering curriculum.

1999

In 1999 we contributed to the seminal report to government entitled ‘All Our Futures’, which proved to be the blueprint for government policy for the next decade. During this time we led a national programme of research involving 58 Local Authorities, 150 schools and 37 universities. ‘The Creative Action Research Awards’ (CARA) led to us becoming advisors to government on creative learning and between 2002-2011, leading part of a programme built around our model of placing creative practitioners in classrooms - ‘Creative Partnerships’, which at £350m, is the highest funded piece of staff development the world has seen.

2002

In 1999 we contributed to the seminal report to government entitled ‘All Our Futures’, which proved to be the blueprint for government policy for the next decade. During this time we led a national programme of research involving 58 Local Authorities, 150 schools and 37 universities. ‘The Creative Action Research Awards’ (CARA) led to us becoming advisors to government on creative learning and between 2002-2011, leading part of a programme built around our model of placing creative practitioners in classrooms - ‘Creative Partnerships’, which at £350m, is the highest funded piece of staff development the world has seen.

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