Creativity in Scottish school curriculum and pedagogy

Authored by: Moira Hulme , Ian Menter , James Conroy

The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning

Print publication date:  July  2011
Online publication date:  July  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415548892
eBook ISBN: 9780203817568
Adobe ISBN: 9781136730047


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This chapter charts the increased promotion of creativity across the formal curriculum for maintained schools in Scotland (IDES Network and Learning and Teaching Scotland, 2001; SEED, 2006; HMIe, 2006a; LTS, 2009). Successive polices have sought to reconcile creativity, curriculum innovation and enterprise, including Determined to Succeed, the Future Learning and Teaching programme (2001–7) and the Schools of Ambition programme (2006–10). Creativity-oriented teaching and learning processes are increasingly deployed in a repertoire of interventions designed to tackle disaffection, promote ‘better behaviour’ and improve achievement among the lowest attaining 20 per cent of pupils (the so-called ‘NEET group’ – those deemed at risk of being Not in Education, Employment or Training). In addition to targeted interventions, new opportunities for professional creativity are extended in the relaxation of curriculum prescription.

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