It’s WORLD CREATIVITY WEEK! 8 articles to get you going…

World Creativity Week! And about time to.  You can never get enough of all things creative.   Because creativity's great isn't it?  Like apple pie, Christmas and Easter bunnies all rolled into one?  Well, yes and no.  Not really.  'Creativity' and our recent glamorisation of all things creative really needs a good shake up. And … Continue reading It’s WORLD CREATIVITY WEEK! 8 articles to get you going…

So you wanna be a partner? Presentation to the Creative Connections in the Early Years Tasmania teams

Urban regeneration partnership initiatives - in which public, private and the voluntary sector collaborate in order to bring about the management of public services within neighbourhoods - have been a feature of the UK’s political landscape since the Thatcher government of the 1980s. In 1999, the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE) … Continue reading So you wanna be a partner? Presentation to the Creative Connections in the Early Years Tasmania teams

Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning: how schools are ahead of the political game

After two years in the making, here it is. Finally. Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning shows teachers of key stages 2 and 3 how to introduce creativity into what is often seen as a prescriptive and stifling curriculum, and addresses the tensions that can exist between the requirement to follow the curriculum … Continue reading Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning: how schools are ahead of the political game

Here’s how a creative school becomes a creative city (2)

Impresa and Coletta’s Tool-Kit for Cities suggests that cities: * Deliver an ‘appealing reality’, because ‘young people are very savvy in assessing cities’; * Put values on display, demonstrating how the city ‘welcomes newcomers and new ideas’; * Keep in touch with former residents, and find ways to have them ‘return to your city’; * … Continue reading Here’s how a creative school becomes a creative city (2)

How does a creative school become a creative city?

Many cities around the world present themselves as undergoing programmes of regeneration by aiming to engage the efforts of the local ‘creative communities‘ for the benefits of the city and and presenting themselves as a site of creativity and hub of contemporary culture. In The Rise of the Creative Class Richard Florida interprets these ‘creative … Continue reading How does a creative school become a creative city?

Unleashing the Unwanted on the Unexpecting: teachers responses to creative moments

Picture a small Welsh Hotel in late February, fresh with glimmers of early spring sunshine reflecting optimistically off the grey Menai Straits. Thirty Primary Head Teachers, Education Action Zone Directors and LEA officers converge on the small town of Beaumaris for three days of discussing, planning, evaluating and reminding ourselves of the local nightlife. And … Continue reading Unleashing the Unwanted on the Unexpecting: teachers responses to creative moments

The potential of potential

Creativity is often referred to as means of ‘unlocking potential’. There’s a sense that it’s something of the future, a store of source of energy in reserve. It’s a always a lot – we don’t refer to unlocking someone’s low level of potential – but we think too that once unlocked, it will have significant, … Continue reading The potential of potential

Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning

Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning shows teachers of key stages 2 and 3 how to introduce creativity into what is often seen as a prescriptive and stifling curriculum, and addresses the tensions that can exist between the requirement to follow the curriculum and the desire to employ innovative pedagogies. It offers readers … Continue reading Placing Students at the Heart of Creative Learning