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D&G Creativity Framework

Dumfries and Galloway’s Curriculum Support team have produced a framework document which shows how creativity is a cross-cutting theme of Curriculum for Excellence.

The document helpfully identifies the characteristics of learning environments that encourage creativity.

Download the document here: Creativity in my learning community and learning environments that encourage creativity

CREATIVE RESILIENCE – How culture enables young people to thrive on change

In response to popular demand after Paul Collard’s very successful
Creative Conversation ‘How do we capture and measure creativity?’
for Forth Valley Creative Learning last year, we are very excited that
Paul is able to open our 2014 programme of Creative Conversations.
How culture enables young people to thrive on change
Tolbooth Arts Venue, Stirling
Tuesday 25th February 2014
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Young people today are confronted with a tough, complex and deeply
challenging environment in which to grow up. Some thrive on it, some
find coping strategies, others are destroyed by it. What we know is that
those young people who manage most effectively in this environment have
the capacity to understand where they are coming from and to imagine
different futures. In this conversation, we will explore the role that
culture and creativity plays in developing this form of resilience. We
will look at the combination of skills that underpins resilience, and
the places where these can be learnt. Most of all we see whether the
creative and cultural programmes can make a significant difference to
the outcomes of young people here.
If you would like to join us please book free tickets via:
For further information contact:
Kind Regards
Clare Hoare
Cultural Coordinator
(Stirling and Clackmannanshire)
Teith House
Kerse Road
Tel: 01786 233226

Starcatchers Creative Skills Training

Starcatchers is currently offering a free training programme for Early Years workers in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fife, South Lanarkshire and Inverclyde as part of a pilot project to develop creative skills for early years workers in Scotland which is being supported by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland.

The programme will allow early years workers from a range of sectors to build their understanding of the importances of creativity in early years and through a series of artist-led practical sessions, will offer skills and techniques that practitioners can use when they are working with children and families directly.

Starcatchers is currently recruiting participants for the project, all the information is on their website:

Download further information here: Creative Skills National Info

Edinburgh Creative Conversation Christmas Celebration

Edinburgh’s Creative Conversation Christmas Celebration is on Wednesday 11th December 2013.This one has a slightly different focus and our Creative Catalysts are people who have been inspired by Creative Conversations to take action. Different ways of working, challenges to the norm, surprises, being outside the comfort zone and inspiring stories of deep pupil engagement can all be expected.

The Creative Conversation is titled ‘What Difference Does it Make?’ and that is exactly what you are invited to discuss with colleagues.

I would also like to thank all of you for coming to Creative Conversations and hope you can join Gillian Tee, David Cameron, Lucy Vaughan, Heather Lucchesi Eileen Littlewood and Lindsay Fullarton in what I am sure will be a very enjoyable conversation about Creativity across Learning.

Coffee is from 4pm and the Creative Conversation will begin at 4.30. Wine and seasonal nibbles will follow at around 6pm till 7ish.

Places will fill up very quickly – please email Linda Lees <> for an invitation.

New report on Assessing Creativity across many subjects available on Creativity Portal

Led by the University of Dundee and funded by Creative Scotland, this project gathered the views of three groups of professionals working within the expressive arts with the aim of identifying effective and innovative models of assessment of creativity. These models were documented and used to develop case studies in the format of a teaching resource for application across the whole curriculum. The resource was piloted and evaluated by the research and development team in collaboration with teachers and initial teacher education (ITE) providers.

Click here to find the downloadable file:

The project develops the links between arts organisations, schools and ITE providers through data collection; shared analysis and evaluation; and through the development, application and dissemination of findings. In this way stronger partnerships have been established as recommended in Teaching  Scotland’s  Future  (Donaldson  2010)

120 Words for Perth and Kinross

2014 is set to be a fantastic year in Perth & Kinross and across Scotland. With the Year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, 2014 will be full of amazing events, activities opportunities and memories. With our website, 120 words, we want to capture a record of 2014 in Perth & Kinross whether you live, work or visit the area.

120 Words 1200 people 12 months We’d like you to get creative and describe what you’ve done, what you’re doing or what you want to do in 120 words, upload it to our website and share it. You can even add a wee photo too! Our website will launch at the end of November 2013 and we’d like as many contributions as we can get. You can submit as many times as you want (in 120 words!) over the year and to help inspire you we’ve created 12 themes for you to write about.

You can upload your contribution to at the end of November or please fill in the submission form email it to us and we’ll upload it for you. Over the next 12 months we’ll build a picture of 2014, keep checking back to see what’s been posted and what people have been up to.

Download the submission form here: 120 Words Submissions Form – public editable

Thanks for your entry! When complete, please return this form to

Henriette Laidlaw, Perth Museum & Art Gallery

One Day Digital- CPD events on Digital Making

One Day Digital

Nesta is organising a series of One Day Digital- CPD events for teachers interested in Digital Making. The sessions take place next Saturday 23 November at the School of Informatics in Edinburgh University. For details click here .

Edinburgh Creative Conversation with Don Ledingham

Creative Conversations are Edinburgh’s now well established strategic response to developing the Creative Learning Network for the City. They feature as a case study in the recently published 3-18 Curriculum Impact project Creativity Across Learning. This successful approach has been picked up by colleauges in other local authorities and Education Scotland. You help make them the success they are and your invitation to the next Creative Conversation on Creative Leadership is attached.

Creative Conversation Invitation – Don Ledingham – download the pdf invite

Date for your diary:

The first of the 2013/14 Creative Conversations will be on Monday 25th November at 4pm for 4.30 till 5.45pm with wine and canapes afterwards (venue to follow with confirmation of attendance). I am delighted that our Creative Catalyst this session is Don Ledingham.

Don Ledingham’s Creative Conversation is titled ‘Try a Little Tenderness….’ which may seem like the wrong song title for a session on Creative Leadership, but with Don as the Creative Catalyst, you can expect a few surprises! Don talks about forgiveness in leadership and about creating space for creativity and innovation. He thinks aloud and in public, challenging other leaders to open up and let go. He now works with Drummond International and will go global soon, so catch him while you can. No mere theorist, Don has been a Head Teacher and Director. This will be a memorable start to this session’s Creative Conversations. Coffee is from 4pm and the Creative Conversation will begin at 4.30.

As with all previous Creative Conversations, David Cameron will facilitate the discussion. You are invited to continue the conversation with Don, David and colleagues over wine and canapes at around 5.45/6pm.

Places are filling up very quickly – please email the address in the pdf  if you would like to attend and receive full venue details and confirmation of your place.

West Lothian Creative Learning Network – Colouring Outside the Lines

Friday 8th November 1.30-3.30pm, Linlithgow Burgh Halls, Linlithgow

Download the event flyer here: West Lothian Creative Conversation 1

West Lothian Creative Learning Network will hold it’s first Creative Conversation event on Friday 8th November at the Linlithgow Burgh Halls

Our idea is to offer a platform for anyone interested in the future of learning in West Lothian to discuss, debate and create. The structure of the conversation will include specialist input, updates from the residency project we doing this year and space to explore practical implementation in classrooms. We are aware of some inspiring creative teaching in West Lothian and we want to bring these voices together.

Our first conversation…

• …will establish a shared language and vision.

• …will start the debate by identifying the people curious about continuing the conversation.

Although we will be discussing West Lothian, this event is open to all as we know that similar conversations and challenges are happening nationally and we want you to be part of the conversation. Please see the linked PDF for more information, to book your place please contact Fiona Macfarlane, Arts Officer (Learning) on 01506 773873 or email

Please book by Wednesday 6th November.

Activity generator: participatory ideas to spice up your classroom and engage your learners

Monday 18 November 2013

13:15 – 16:00

Moray College UHI

Target Audience

For anyone looking for ideas to engage college students and build a positive classroom climate. Suitable for lecturers from all curriculum areas and those who have a learner engagement and support role.

This half day experiential event will provide participants with lots of ideas for engaging students from induction through to pre-exit.  We will be demonstrating how to build a positive classroom climate, engage students and how to structure sessions that maintain cooperative behaviours.

Find out more and Book online
Closing date 17 November 2013

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