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A creative approach to learning

Introducing a less formal style of teaching has been shown to help youngsters thrive in a classroom environment.

The importance of promoting creativity within education settings is coming to the forefront more and more with teachers and parents alike refuting the benefits of the traditional curriculum and standards set. Creativity fosters innovation and that’s arguably how to get the best results when teaching the next generations.

One such college implementing this ethos is the WAC Arts College in Camden, North London. The college is using a creativity-based curriculum to re-engage pupils with learning. Interestingly, it is the first alternative education system to be oversubscribed.

There is now a move away from the culture of lessons that are designed to meet targets and tick boxes for Ofsted, and instead encourage creative expression and alternative methods of learning.

Paul Collard, chief executive for Creativity, Culture and Education said: “Creative learners are curious, disciplined, resilient, collaborative and imaginative. Creative teaching nurtures and develops these skills by creating a learning environment in which pupils are challenged, rather than directed, where learning is relevant to their lives.”

For most teachers, investment in the time and space to learn a different teaching method can be difficult. Good teaching for creativity is tough and demands a strict, disciplined and resilient approach – but ultimately it can be much more rewarding, with improved motivation and behaviour.