Ref No: NR- 2010-01 Date: 15 Jan 2010
Creative approaches to learning can help raise school standards according to a report published today by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
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. Many disaffected or low attaining secondary school pupils in the schools visited gained confidence and then competence in their learning work.
Patrick Leeson, Director, Education and Care, Ofsted, said: ‘When teachers use more creative approaches, pupils’ learning is more relevant and engaging, it fires their imaginations, they enjoy the challenge and feel a greater sense of achievement.”
The involvement of practitioners such as engineers, scientists and artists was seen to strengthen links between schools and the world beyond, and to enhance pupils’ opportunities to develop as creative learners.
Just read this brilliant report by Ofsted, confirming what we here at Act On Info have known for years in that theatre in education companies really work! We will continue to write quality drama for schools in 2010 with pride. This week I will mainly be learning about Vikings whilst Helen is tackling bullying in Ancient Greece. Or should that be Bullying AND Ancient Greece? Togas at dawn! Anyway if this report has inspired you as much as it has us, please get in touch about how we can bring some drama workshops or play in a day into your school.