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Eleanor Philpot

Durham University and Arts Council England release report highlighting creativity in schools

8:27, 18th October 2019

The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education has published its final report, emphasising the need for more creativity in schools.

The report, released on 15 October, calls for creativity to be nurtured in schools in order to equip young people with the skills needed for adult life. The report also found evidence for the positive impact that both creativity and creative thinking have in our lives, and is encouraging all schools from early years to post-16 education to embed the teaching of creativity into their curriculum. In engaging students with creative lessons that are grounded in subject knowledge, the report outlines that young people will find their personal, social and academic skills greatly enriched.

Alongside the report, the Durham Commission have released practical recommendations to help schools and educational institutions make the most of teaching creativity. These include:

  • The development of a pilot national network of Creativity Collaboratives set up through joint working between DfE, the Arts Council and education trusts
  • Better recognition, research and evaluation of teaching for creativity in schools and a recognition of this teaching in the Ofsted inspection process
  • A clearer focus on digital technology and its role in a creative education
  • Inclusion of the arts as standard in the curriculum to key stage 3 and a National Plan for Cultural Education
  • A focus on early years learning including training for the workforce
  • Creative opportunities out of school hours and in the world of work

The full report can be read here.

For more information visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/creativitycommission/report/

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