Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Creativity and Wellbeing

What is this?

A partnership event from Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan Partners and the National Creative Learning Network.

Who is this for?

Leaders, practitioners and learners at all levels and in all contexts.

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The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have had a profound effect on all our lives, particularly impacting on our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Research and experience tell us that creative learning across the curriculum and the development of creativity skills lead to improved wellbeing, confident learners and teachers, and a wider sense of achievement. This is reflected in the refreshed vision of the national Creative Learning Plan; ‘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’.

Over the course of this national event week, we look forward to celebrating and sharing the creativity and innovation of practitioners and learners that became a silver lining of the pandemic. Join us to hear inspirational and transformational stories of collaboration and empowerment that are helping learners to thrive.

Have you utilised your creativity skills to collaborate with colleagues? How have you created conditions and environments to empower all learners? How have you sought to embed creativity within your setting? Please come along and share your experiences!

Please save the dates for this week of online learning, professional dialogue and networking opportunities with colleagues from across Scotland inspired by the theme of Creativity and Wellbeing.

Sessions led by practitioners, learners and partners will include insights into projects supported by the Creative Learning Network Fund and the Creative Wellbeing Fund.

Contact us at creativity@educationscotland.gov.scot

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Events programme

Monday 28 March

Time

Presenter/Host

Session

10:00 - 11:30

Keynote: Professor Anne Bamford, Strategic Director of Education, Skills, and Culture, City of London.

Fusion: The role of creativity on flourishing and wellbeing
Fusion Skills are the competencies, characteristics and tools which individuals need to flourish in the 21st Century environment. They are as necessary for school-age children as they are for adults. One of the core Fusion Skills is Creativity. Creativity has a positive impact on learning and the learners and promotes wellbeing. Creativity is vital to flourish in society today, vital to the economy, and vital to enrich future lives. There is a proliferation of complex problems to be addressed, new types of jobs, new ways of working and the influence of technology is ubiquitous. Fusion will be the predominant way of being and be crucial for future success and happiness.
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11:45 - 12:45

Jean Laird, Stepping Stones Development Officer, General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and Hollie Simpson, Kinross High School

Creativity and professional growth
This session is suitable for teachers interested in professional growth and developing creative learning and teaching. There will be a focus on exploring one early career teachers’ enquiring approaches and experiences. Reference will also be made to The Professional Standards and the Creativity in Learning and Teaching Professional Guide.
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13:00 - 14:00

Elizabeth McGuire and Nicola Crawford, Curriculum Innovation Team, Education Scotland

Co-designing Creative Curriculum opportunities with Industry Partners
This session will explore and exemplify how secondary schools and their partners have developed and delivered a creative curriculum offer through the pandemic.
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14:15 - 15:30

Mahri Reilly and Ryan Hay, Scottish Youth Theatre

Valuing Your Own Needs
This participatory workshop is a gentle space for personal reflection. A space where you are invited to identify your own wellbeing needs, the things you want to change, and the steps you can take to make the change.

15:45 - 17:00

Helena Good, Katie Simpson, Philippa Drummond, Daydream Believers and Lucy Eades, Acrylicize

Daydream Believers – Reimagining wellbeing in our schools
Create a new wellness area in your school. What does it look like and how would you activate the area?
This is the challenge for pupils working on the new Creative Thinking qualification.
In this session we will discuss why is this an innovative way to embed wellbeing in the curriculum.
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Tuesday 29 March

Time

Presenter/Host

Session

10:00 - 11:15

Simon Sharkey, Director, The Necessary Space

The Conference of the Birds
How to plug your pupils into a global network and make learning about climate change fun, impactful, connected and full of hope and agency
You will be given access to a global network of creative outputs, exercises and ideas that enhance your teaching of the complex and emotional responses that children experience when being learning about or being exposed to the existential threat of climate change.
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11:30 - 12:30

Learners from Dounby Community School, Orkney

Include, Involve, Inspire – Building Our Ethos Using Creative Leadership
Thinking about belonging at Dounby Primary School - Exploring the meaning of belonging to a school community and why it matters. Utilising creative leadership approaches to build ownership and community.
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14:00 - 15:00

Laura Frood and Co-Researchers from Articulate

The Cradle of Learning
This creative participatory digital workshop will be led by care-experienced young people from the Articulate Cultural Trust in Scotland who have been working with The Verbatim Formula research team. Celebrate your brain creatively. Share your experiences of barriers and challenges in learning and life. We invite you to join the cradle.
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16:00 - 17:00

Creative Wellbeing Project Community

In Conversation with the Creative Wellbeing Project Community
Join Creative Partners and Education settings who are working together to develop learners’ creativity skills and improve wellbeing through the Creative Wellbeing Fund. Hear from participants on the challenges, highlights and learning each project is experiencing. Be inspired to embark on your own creative collaborative journey.
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17:15 - 18:15

Rosie Reid and Louise Hamilton, Vox Liminis and Glasgow CREATE

The Trial of Rex Redford; a partnership project
Firstly, we will look at the journey of the ongoing partnership between Vox Liminis and Glasgow CREATE. We will share learning and reflections from The Trial of Rex Redford and offer the The Trial of Rex Redford project to new educational communities. This session aims to engage educators into a dialogue about the potential of creativity to explore social issues such as crime and punishment.
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Wednesday 30 March

Time

Presenter/Host

Session

16:00 - 17:00

Orkney and Stirling Creative Learning Networks in partnership with National Galleries Scotland – Your Art World

Creative Approaches to the Visual Arts
Explore practical ideas for use in class to develop creativity skills through the visual arts. Orkney and Stirling Creative Learning Networks in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland will describe recent partnership work and resources available to support you. Aimed at primary and secondary teachers.
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17:00 - 18:00

Graeme Wallace and Leigh Watson, Curriculum Innovation Team, Education Scotland

Curriculum design – understanding the learners
We will share two examples of curriculum design to promote wellbeing and use these as provocations for discussion. Participants will exchange ideas and thinking on how curriculum design can empower young people to be responsible for their own wellbeing.
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Thursday 31 March

Time

Presenter/Host

Session

10:00 - 11:30 Linda Lees and Charlotte Bennett, City of Edinburgh Council

Learner Led Consultation
The Learner Led Consultation was part of a wider Learning Strategy asking learners why, where and how they like to learn. A series of artist-led workshops in schools, EYC settings and the community involved over 100 participants in a journey of engagement and creativity. The findings will help shape curriculum reform.
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14:00 - 15:30

Keynote: Dr Debra Kidd, educator, practitioner, trainer and author

A Curriculum of Hope
In this session we’ll explore how to make learning matter for young people and how by thinking about five key principles – coherence, content, creativity, compassion and community – we can embed meaningful and agentive learning for all.

16:00 - 17:00

Stuart McIntyre, @MrDataCoach, West Lothian Creative Learning Network

Making Space for Creativity to Happen
Explore (and question) a detailed example of an exciting way in which practitioners have made space for creativity in their classrooms / settings / curriculum.
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Friday 1 April

Time

Presenter/Host

Session

10:00 - 11:30

National Creative Learning Network

In Conversation with the National Creative Learning Network
A conversation with the National Creative Learning Network on creativity and wellbeing through the lens of the refreshed Creative Learning Plan goals: Collaborate, Empower, Embed. Join local authority Creative Learning leads for facilitated, meaningful discussion around what this looks like within our practice.
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11:45 - 13:00

Emily Reid, Artistic Director and Saffron Gillies, Drama Artist, Eco Drama

Eco Drama ~ Storytelling, Drama and Creativity in Learning for Sustainability
This event showcases two creative learning projects by Eco Drama - ‘Future Calling’, a digital arts and climate change project delivered with secondary pupils during lockdown, and arts-based outdoor learning project ‘Out to Play’. The session highlights the rich possibilities of creative learning through presentation, practical ideas and discussion.
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Resources

PDF file: Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan – Refreshed Creative Learning Plan High-level messages slide pack (635 KB)

Stimulating new approaches to learning and teaching through partnerships between education and cultural sectors

PDF file: A Collaboration for Creativity – Creative Scotland and Education Scotland – Action Plan 2021-22 (141 KB)

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Follow-up from Sessions

YouTube playlist of sessions recordings.

PDF file: Fusion: The role of creativity on flourishing and wellbeing - 28/03/22 (3.6 MB)

PDF file: Creativity and professional growth - GTCS - 28/03/22 (1 MB)

PDF file: Acrylicize/daydream believers - 28/03/22 (5.5 MB)

PDF file: Placing creativity at the heart of education - 28/03/22 (5.5 MB)

PDF file: The Conference of the Birds - 29/03/22 (2 MB) No modification allowed

PDF file: The Trial of Rex Redford booklet - 29/03/22 (598 KB)

PDF file: The Trial of Rex Redford slides - 29/03/22 (2 MB)

PDF file: The Secret Creativity Service - Teacher's resource - 29/03/22 (1.2 KB)

Padlet - Cradle of Learning – Articulate Cultural Trust - 29/03/22

PDF file: CLN presentation - 30/03/22 (548 KB)

PDF file: Junior curators - 30/03/22 (3.8 MB)

PDF file: What does creative arts learning look, feel, sound like - 30/03/22 (528 KB)

PDF file: Your art world - 30/03/22 (1.7 MB)

PDF file: Curriculum Design: understanding the learners - 30/03/22 (1.6 MB)

PDF file: Learner Led Consultation - 31/03/22 (7 MB)

PDF file: Making Space for Creativity to Happen - 31/03/22 (3.7 MB)

PDF file: Conversation with National Creative Learning Network - 01/04/22 (1.6 MB)

PDF file: Eco Drama - slides - 01/04/22 (3.7 MB)

PDF file: Eco Drama - Let's go out to play - 01/04/22 (3.4 MB)

Eco Drama Word CloudImage: Eco Drama Word Cloud - 01/04/22 (80 KB)

 

 

 

 

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Links

Creative Bravery Festival - Celebrating acts of bravery to help transform and rethink the way we educate.

The Creativity Portal - stimulating new approaches to learning and teaching through partnerships between education and cultural sectors.

Creativity resources - National Improvement Hub.

Creative Learning on Pinterest

Daydream Believers gives pupils access to 'real world' experiences through free online resources created by industry experts to help them develop essential skills.

HundrED is a global education non profit organisation whose mission is to help improve education through impactful innovations.

IDL Thought Paper, Education Scotland, NoTosh and a Co-Design team from across Scotland.

Safe Face to Face Working by Cultural Practitioners During Covid-19 Restrictions - Eight Case Studies, Arts in Education Recovery Group.

YouTube video: School of the (Im)Possible

The Conference of the Birds

UNBOXED – A UK wide ground-breaking celebration of creativity taking place in 2022.

 

 

 

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