Teaching for Creativity

Supporting teachers to develop young people’s creativity through a broad and diverse curriculum

Like many others, A New Direction believes that creativity is an essential skill that exists across the whole curriculum, not just the arts. Through our Teaching for Creativity programme, we want to support schools and teachers to help children reach their creative potential, with classroom resources and ideas for pedagogies designed to develop creative thinking.

There are lots of models that break down creative thinking, but the pedagogies underpinning this work come from the five Creative Habits of Mind – a concept developed from decades of research that has now been widely adopted into learning policies across the globe. Using the language from The Creative Habits of Mind can help learners reflect, progress and practice creative habits.

Learning Resources

We have a range of classroom learning resources to support educators in delivering activities and lessons with young people, focusing on developing each habit within various subjects and topics.

Training and CPD

Our Teaching for Creativity programme also offers CPD and training in various formats to support teachers in putting the significant theory and research around teaching creative skills into practice across the curriculum. You can access our existing CPD resources, including webinars and self-guided practical sessions to deliver in-school, and find out about any upcoming events.

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Critical Curriculum Podcast

Our Critical Curriculum podcast series focuses on other themes outside the Creative Habits of Mind framework. Each episode uncovers approaches to learning that can often be neglected and explores what teachers can do to make space for them in their classrooms, such as supporting wellbeing through drama, the importance of play and physical movement in the classroom.

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