‘For Remembrance Day, Celebrate Creativity in Schools’

Nov 9, 2018

Pupils need creativity skills more than ever, says Professor Bill Lucas in a TES article as he highlights a Remembrance Day project.

“One hundred years on from 1918, it seems a fitting moment to celebrate humankind’s creativity. War represents destruction, the antithesis of creativity. The end of the First World War marked the start of the Child Art Movement, a holistic and arts-rich approach to learning championed by educationalists of the time. The year 1918 was, therefore, a key moment in the deep seam of education that has always concerned itself with what it is to be creative.”

According to the World Economic Forum, creativity, alongside complex problem-solving and critical thinking, is one of the three most important skills people will need to be employable. Acclaimed psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has shown how crucial exercising our creativity is for improving wellbeing and happiness. Closer to home, in a large-scale review, researchers Leslie Gutman and Ingrid Schoon identified a number of key areas that were particularly associated with positive outcomes for young people, one of which was creativity.

To read the full TES article, click here.

Budgets for creative subjects are being squeezed at a time when it is more important than ever for young people to be able to express themselves, think creatively, work cohesively in teams and improvise. RIO works on behalf of Arts Council England in the South West to connect organisations all across the region, supporting them to deliver excellent cultural education for children and young people. Interested in hearing more? Get in touch with us here or subscribe to our Cultural Education Newsletter to learn more about our work and opportunities in the region, as well as new insights, learning and opinion from sector leaders and innovators.