Last Updated: Monday, July 26, 2021

What are creativity skills?

What is this?

An introduction to creativity skills and the resources available to develop creativity skills, creative teaching, creative learning, and creative change.

Who is this for?

Practitioners, leaders and learners across all sectors and all settings.

Text graphic for What are creativity skillsCreativity can be thought of as the colour that brings Curriculum for Excellence to life. The four core creativity skills run throughout the four capacities and are integral to the meta skills which are increasingly important in today’s workplace.

The World Economic Forum states that by 2025, the top five skills employers will be looking for include innovation, complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and originality. Creativity is one of our most essential skills.

Here in Scotland we define creativity skills in a way that educators across all sectors can identify, value and discuss with learners:

  • Curiosity
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Imagination
  • Problem solving

The development of creativity skills is a responsibility of all educators and the infographic What are creativity skills? offers a succinct starting point. Every school and early learning centre in Scotland has received posters of the visual, and all local authorities received a set of pull-up banners of creativity infographics, including this one. You can download the visual, or contact your local Creative Learning Network/key contacts to access the pull up banners for events, CLPL or to use with learners. You can also download activities to accompany the banners.

Education Scotland, often in partnership with Creative Scotland, offers many means of support for educators including:

  • films to develop creativity skills
  • tools to plan, develop and evaluate creativity skills
  • funded Creative Learning Networks that support creativity across learning, teaching and employability at a local level
  • films and tools that support creative change, planning and improvement.

A full list of creativity resources is available below.


PDF file: What Are Creativity Skills? (771 KB)

PDF file: What Are Creativity Skills? - Gaelic version (180 KB)

ZIP file: What are creativity skills downloadable jpeg versions

PDF file: Creativity banner activities (279 KB)