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Creativity, Education, and Culture Conference (DU & OECD)

“Fostering creativity in children and young people through education and culture”

An international conference co-organised by the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Durham University: 4-5 September 2017, Durham University, United Kingdom


The OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Durham University jointly hosted an international conference to discuss innovative approaches to equip young people with the creative skills required by tomorrow’s societies and strategies for scaling up and embedding innovations around creativity in education and culture. The conference took place in Durham University, United Kingdom, on 4-5 September 2017.

The conference built on ongoing CERI work to improve our understanding of how creativity skills can be visibly and tangibly articulated by teachers, students and policy makers, and learnt and assessed as part of the curriculum. The meeting aimed to bring together two types of practices around creativity: pedagogical practices in formal education, and cultural practices in out-of-school education or through partnerships of cultural agencies with schools. It provided a forum for policy makers, teachers, cultural practitioners and academics to share experiences and reflect on initiatives in these areas.

Themes for the conference sessions included:

  • The relationship between creativity and traditional learning outcomes
  • Signature pedagogies to develop students’ creativity across school subjects
  • Curricular and assessment frameworks to support the teaching and learning of creative skills
  • The role of cultural education programmes and out-of-school learning in developing creativity
  • Strategies for supporting teachers and cultural agents in embedding creative skills into their work
  • The relationship between creativity, socio-emotional skills and well-being


  • To share innovative approaches to fostering and assessing creative thinking skills in school education, including by identifying effective strategies for supporting teachers in embedding creative thinking skills into their classroom work
  • To share innovative approaches to promote creativity through cultural education programmes
  • To discuss strategies for scaling up innovations around creativity in education and culture


The conference featured speakers from across the globe, representing OECD partner organisations, academia, the culture sector, and education. Speaker biographies may be found here.

Agenda and Presentations

The full agenda for the conference may be found here.

Speaker presentations may be found below. Please click on each speaker to open their presentation.