At the seminars senior education leaders discussed what creativity means in their school, and how they strive to make creativity a characteristic of their school, while meeting Ofsted requirements. The report, ‘Ten challenges to becoming a truly creative school’, builds on their experiences and outlines ten key challenges for schools to focus on to develop a creative environment for both staff and students.
The challenges discussed include: finding the right staff, encouraging creative leadership and staff development, involving students, parents and the community and the ways in which teaching, learning, assessments and timetabling can all contribute to a creative environment.
Paul Matthias, Director for Hays Education comments: “Being creative and innovative while delivering measurable results is something many teachers struggle with. Becoming more creative in education can involve asking some difficult questions of yourself and your school leaders, but by facing the ten challenges we outline teachers and school leaders can work towards delivering a truly creative curriculum, involving teachers, leaders and parents alike.”
Sir Tim Brighouse commented: “'I hope the report will convince everyone that creativity is not something at risk, nor something some lucky few enjoy. It's in every one of us and creative schools can and do unlock deep wells of it among its pupils and staff'
Commenting on the discussion seminars, David Cameron, Chair of the York Education Partnership, said: “I think we have learned as much from the conversations that we have had as anyone else who attended them. We hope this will make some contribution to supporting many ambitious heads and teachers in very challenging times."
To request a copy of the report visit http://www.hays.co.uk/recruitment/education-early-years-recruitment/become-a-truly-creative-school-1302615
Sir Tim Brighouse was the former Chief Education Office in Oxfordshire and Birmingham, and he is currently visiting Professor at the Institute of Education.
David Cameron is a speaker and advisor on education issues and Chair of the York Education Partnership.
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