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Durham Commission on Creativity in Education

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New report renews commitment to supporting creativity in education

(21 April 2021)

The Commission has renewed its commitment to embedding creativity within education with the launch of a new report.

Since the Commission’s first report in 2019, Covid-19 has changed the landscape of education and teachers have shown extraordinary effort and determination to support students and their families.

Covid-19 impact

The Commission’s latest report provides an overview of progress in relation to the original recommendations and sets out critical areas of focus in light of research reviewing the impact of Covid-19 on education.

In the coming months there will be opportunities for both schools and students to re-think teaching and learning, and the Commission will work to contribute to these efforts and help build on teachers’ recent achievements.

The Chair of the Commission and Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota CH said “While this report shows how we will be sharpening the focus of our work, it also celebrates the resilience and determination of teachers, schools and young people across the country.

“Our focus going forwards will be to address the wellbeing of young people through their creativity, to support their return to school, and to give them the resources and creative capacities to shape the future.”

Embedding creativity

In October 2019, the first report of the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education made recommendations as to how creativity and teaching for creativity could be integral to the preparation for life for all young people. This was followed by a full evaluation of the impact of the first report, undertaken by researchers in Durham’s School of Education. The findings of this report are available in summary form here and the full report is available here.

Professor Alan Houston, Vice-Provost (Education) at Durham University, said, “The pandemic has highlighted the vital role played by creativity within education, and we hope this latest report, and our refocused recommendations, will bring about positive and real change.”

Creativity Exchange

Most recently, the Commission has launched the Creativity Exchange – an online interactive and collaborative space for school leaders, teachers, those working in cultural organisations, scientists, researchers and parents to share ideas about how to teach for creativity and develop young people’s creativity at and beyond school.

We are looking forward to inviting applications for the Creativity Collaboratives pilot programme in late Spring 2021 – a school collaboration initiative to establish and sustain the conditions required for nurturing creativity in the classroom (one of our critical recommendations from our first report).

Read the report here.