The role of creativity in and out of the classroom is getting increasingly more recognised, as one of the key benefactors to help children succeed in the future. Indeed, Sir Ken Robinson once stated that: “Creativity is as important as literacy.”
The world appears to be changing faster than ever. However, the current knowledge-based education system only goes so far in giving young people the vital skills, resilience and confidence to shape their lives. Durham University, alongside the Arts Council, produced a very detailed report on Creativity and Education. It is a long report, which concludes that: “the integration of teaching for creativity in our education system will result in young people who have an ability to express their creativity and have the personal creative confidence that will support them in all aspects of their lives – not just in employment and economic success, but also in their relationships with others in their community and in their own identity, health and wellbeing”
Read the full report here: sophiahigh.school/creativity
Arts Council England have also written a blog on the topic, which you can read here.
We, at Sophia High School, agree with Sir Ken Robinson and the Durham University Report – that creativity should be at the centre of the classroom and outside of it. This is why the IPC and IYMC are at the forefront of our curriculum. It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.
We are also happy to announce that this week, we are offering drama/musical workshops to all our students, led by Maria Coyne. Maria is a well-recognised West-end star, who has appeared in such west end shows as Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Crazy for You – just to name a few.
We are also offering, at half term, a range of creative and fun activities, which we are calling Beyond the Curriculum – these include daily workshops on Harry Potter, Computer Coding (Scratch and Python), Creating your own Comics, Phonics and Storytelling.
We certainly hope all the students at Sophia High School enjoy these new creative experiences that the school has to offer.
This is Education Reimagined.