Kaleidoscope, August 2019 – celebrating creative learning, creative teaching and creative change

National Creative Learning Network Development Day

Breaking expectations inspires creativity, so our recent National Creative Learning Network Development Day was held at Edinburgh Zoo, one in a series of interesting venues including a velodrome (Emirates Arena, Glasgow), Codebase in Falkirk, and Falkland Palace in Fife. Colleagues from Aberdeen and North Lanarkshire talked about programmes of work supported by the Creative Learning Network Fund. Margaret Stewart, Aberdeen City, shared the story of how consistent messaging and building on successful models of practice has resulted in an exciting new venture in a local primary school which has committed to embedding creativity in its practice. Pauline O’Neill, North Lanarkshire Council, shared two innovative DYW projects, one designed for young people ‘at risk’ and the other to support Christmas leavers into positive destinations. Partnerships with local businesses and industry are a strong feature of both projects and contribute to successful outcomes. Presentations from the day can be found here : https://creativityportal.org.uk/?q=edinburgh+zoo


Check out Education Scotland’s YouTube channel for our creativity focused animations. There are ten in total which cover a range of topics from ‘Why teach creativity skills?’ to ‘Do creativity skills challenge prejudice and gender bias?’ Find out more.

Big Meet with Ollie Bray

Ollie Bray, former Headteacher of Kingussie High School and now Director/Initiative Lead: Connective Play and Education at The LEGO Foundation, Denmark, recently led a professional learning event in Glasgow. Through active participation, he illustrated how play and creativity are essential elements of engaging learning. He also reflected on Kingussie’s success story, highlighting the importance of bringing creative and innovative approaches to curriculum planning.

You can read more about his work here:




Find out more about the Creative Learning Networks here:

Did you know…..?

Registration for the Scottish Learning Festival 2019 is now open. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. This year new features have been introduced, including Twilight sessions for those who can’t make it along during the day.


Lateral thinking: David Epstein explains how Nintendo’s Game Boy was a case of “lateral thinking with withered technology”

Project Based Learning (PBL) accelerates creativity through sufficiently structuring learning goals and requirements while allowing students to choose between differentiated options. Here’s your very own PBL test drive.

Collaborative Problem Solving : Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan lists Problem-Solving as one of the four core creativity skills. This summary of research literature tells us that when structured well, problems can reinforce knowledge and improve attainment, as well as prepare children for the future workplace.


How Can Creativity Support STEM? This two minute animation explores how.

Do you have an interesting piece of practice to share? Please get in touch!

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