“Teaching for creativity in schools must be prioritised” Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

Teaching for creativity in schools must be prioritised to equip young people with the skills they need in later life, according to the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education report which was published in October.

The Commission, a collaboration between Arts Council England and Durham University, found evidence of the positive impact of creativity and creative thinking in our lives. It suggests all schools, from early years to post-16 education, should be better enabled to support teaching for creativity for all young people, whatever their background. Through engaging in opportunities for creative learning, grounded in subject knowledge and understanding, students’ personal, social and academic development will be greatly enriched.


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Sir Nicholas Serota, Head of Arts Council England, spoke to Sky News about the benefits of giving children the opportunity to be creative at school.

“Arts subjects being squeezed out in schools means the education system is failing to produce well-rounded, creative children”.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Sir Nicholas said it was “short-sighted and morally wrong” not to do more to teach children and young people to be creative – and that the benefits go beyond the arts.

“We can revolutionise the whole economy by being more creative”.


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