A joint event between the Scottish Borders Council and Borders College CLNs’ was held on Thursday 25th April with the aim of building links across the college and local authority networks. Participants came from Primary, Secondary, FE and HE. Phil Orr, Borders College Creative Catalyst and Susanne Batchelor, Scottish Borders Council Creative Learning Manager led this initial session. The first part of the morning was spent looking at creativity in education, locally, nationally and internationally through film clips and presentations.
During the second part of the morning participants worked in groups to generate ideas using the ‘Ideas Trail’ toolkit, developed by UXL Ltd. Each group were given a question about Creativity and were asked to come up with 50 ideas.
- How do we create different spaces/environments for creative teaching and learning?
- How do we engage partners in creative teaching and learning?
- How do we assess/measure/capture creativity of students?
- How do we improve the way we teach to further develop creativity in our learners?
The ideas were then narrowed down during group discussions and two ‘Red Hot’ ideas were selected and presented. A general discussion was then held around the next steps and how to continue to develop the network.
Some comments from discussions:
“The creative process is a specialist term which needs an agreed definition so we all know what we’re talking about.”
“I love everything about teaching creatively but I’m really concerned about what exactly to write in my planning folder when my HT (and others I’m sure) expect teachers’ plans to detail every session to the nth degree. Looking forward to discussing it further with others.”
“Listening to like minded people – encouraged that teachers too could share the vision for change.”
“Thinking about my own teaching and that I do teach creatively but there is always room to improve and build on.”
“Networking, learning a strategy for starting creative thinking processes in my class and in other education groups of which I am a part.”
“Discussion of where to go from here and take it back into the work place to develop. Opportunity to share ideas of how to overcome difficulties and promote ideas further”
“Continue to teach creatively and look to improve it, also to try to encourage colleagues to be open to creativity”
From the ideas generated and from the feedback received, the next steps for the partnership CLNs from Scottish Borders Council and Borders College are:
- To continue the innovation conversation in schools and college through further planned joint sessions and CPD
- To implement some of the Red Hot ideas through pilots on schools and college
- To develop materials and use processes to allow the sharing of good practice and the continued development of creativity in teaching and learning in the Borders Region.