Creative approaches to improve school children and young people’s wellbeing

Creative Scotland and Education Scotland have outlined a refreshed Action Plan to embed creativity at the centre of Scottish education and adopt a collaborative culture to empower more learners to grow skills and confidence through creative activity.

With learners’ mental health and wellbeing a key priority of the Action Plan, Creative Scotland and Education Scotland also confirmed over £80,000 Creative Wellbeing National Lottery Funding to school groups and creative partners to enable them to work together to find innovative solutions to increasing learner wellbeing.

HM Chief inspector and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, Gayle Gorman welcomed the new agreement and said: 'Since 2015, our partnership with Creative Scotland has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that we are now committed to working together for at least another three years.

'Our shared vision - to ensure the system can enable everyone to recognise, develop and apply their creativity in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world - continues to gain pace and increase the amount of creative learning opportunities for children and young people in Scotland.

'At present, creativity plays a key role across the education recovery agenda and it is so important that every child in Scotland gets the chance to find, use and develop their creativity through learning.

'Working together, we are hopeful that more and more of our children and young people have inspired learning experiences that not only support their health and wellbeing but ensure they are empowered, creative and confident.'

Iain Munro, CEO of Creative Scotland said: 'Creative thinking and activities make an invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of children and young people – both physically and mentally. Alongside social benefits and life skills, they can help children and young people deal with feelings of anxiety, isolation and stress, which is crucial during the ongoing pandemic.

'Artists and creative practitioners offer unique skills in creative facilitation that can help shape conversations and deal with difficult situations, giving a central voice to children and young people. Our partnership with Education Scotland reinforces the importance of the arts and creativity to the country’s future as we emerge through the pandemic.'

About the Action Plan

Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan was first published in 2013, setting out a shared vision for the importance of creativity in education and as a result we have seen growth in a shared language and common understanding of creativity and creativity skills.

The landscape is now very different, and the impact of COVID-19 has required a rapid rethinking of Scotland’s education, skills employability and careers provision. We therefore believe that the Plan is more important than ever and have refreshed the vision to ensure the Scottish education system enables everyone to recognise, develop and apply their creativity to ensure they thrive in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world, with 3-year outcomes committing to:

  • Creativity embedded in curriculum design
  • Learners’ mental health and wellbeing is improved
  • Learners confidently applying creativity skills in all contexts
  • Learners directly influencing their own creative learning
  • Quality cultural experiences accessible to all learners

Further information can be found here: Creative Learning Networks