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A lack of creativity in schools can affect children’s practical abilities

A leading surgeon has suggested that a decline in hands-on creative subjects in schools has led to a lack of understanding of the physical world.

Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London, has stated that medical students have spent so much time on screens that they do not have the practical skills needed to carry out life-saving operations.

He added that cutbacks in creative subjects are resulting in students struggling with hands-on activities in later life.

The comments have been made in support of a new policy report by leading education charity, The Edge Foundation.

The report, Towards a Twenty-First Century Education System, calls for changes to the curriculum, arguing that ‘creativity should be at the heart of all learning’.

Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, said of the report:

“Creativity is not just for artists. Subjects like Design and Technology, music, art, and drama are vitally important for children to develop imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, problem-solving, team-working and technical skills.”

The report also notes that since the introduction of the EBacc, the number of students entering GCSEs in creative subjects has fallen sharply. Between 2010 and 2018 there has been a 57% in entries to Design & Technology GCSE and a 20% reduction in admissions to creative subjects overall.

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Read the full story at The Guardian.