Rotherham Ready, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s innovative approach to creating a culture of enterprise in education, has been chosen to take part in the NESTA’s Creative Councils programme.
The Creative Councils programme launched in April 2011 to develop, implement and spread transformational new approaches to meeting some of the biggest medium and long-term challenges facing communities and local services. Seventeen councils, including Rotherham, were selected for the first phase and have been working intensively with Nesta and the Local Government Association since August. The second phase will build on some of the strongest ideas that have the potential to spread to other councils, by providing up to £150,000 in follow-on funding as well as non financial support such as legal advice and support with community engagement.
Six councils have been recognised for their pioneering work in trialling radical new ways to deliver public services and have been selected to move into the second phase of the ‘Creative Councils’ programme run by Nesta and the Local Government Association.
Philip Colligan, Executive Director of Nesta’s Innovation Lab, said: ‘Now more than ever we need local government to take the lead in shaping the public services of the future. All of the Creative Councils 2012 have showed a level of ambition and capability around innovation that deserves national recognition and attention. It’s an amazingly diverse and exciting portfolio that we’ll be working with over the next year and we’ll be working hard to share their experiences and learning with the wider sector.’
The response to the initial call for applications in April 2011 revealed a significant appetite for innovation amongst councils and a wide spread desire to trial radical new approaches. Over one-third (38%) of all local authorities in England and Wales originally applied for the programme, amounting to 137 submissions.
The other successful councils were Cornwall, Derbyshire, Monmouthshire, Stoke and Wigan.
Catherine Brentnall, Project Officer for Rotherham Ready said: “We are thrilled to be one of the final six Creative Councils and to be able to continue working closely with NESTA. The level of challenge and support we have experienced being involved in the programme has really helped us develop new ideas about how to embed enterprise culture in education and in our communities.”
For more information please contact Catherine Brentnall on 07825 125 438.