Creative approaches to learning can help raise school standards
Creative approaches to learning can help raise school standards but secure subject knowledge and careful planning are vital according to a new report published today.
The report, Learning: creative approaches that raise standards, confirms that pupils’ motivation, progress and attainment in primary and secondary schools were improved by creative approaches to learning such as:
- stimulating pupils with memorable experiences and practical activity
- allowing pupils to question, explore and challenge ideas
- encouraging pupils to think creatively
- supporting pupils to reflect on and evaluate their learning.
Inspectors found that in schools with good teaching, there was no conflict between the National Curriculum and creative approaches to learning. These schools drew on content and skills specified in the National Curriculum in their planning and good practice. Pupils’ motivation was reinforced by the awareness they gained from tracking their own progress. Many disaffected or low attaining secondary school pupils in the schools visited gained confidence and then competence in their learning work.