This report offers: 1) A clear framework for the further development of creativity for children and young people; and, 2) A progression within this framework that starts with the Early Years, is embedded in (but goes beyond) mainstream education, develops a personalised approach, seeks to be inclusive of and responsive to the voice of children and young people and leads to pathways into Creative Industries. Key proposals:
1. Creative Portfolios – Develop a personal portfolio – a creative portfolio – incorporating both formal and informal learning.
2. Early Years – Ensure the visibility of creativity in the Early Learning goals and in the guidance for Children’s Centres.
3. Extended Schools – Set explicit expectations and incentives for creative activity in Extended Schools built on best practice in personalized learning.
4. Building Schools for the Future – Create spaces for creativity and community use.
5. Leading Creative Learning – Prepare new entrants to the education workforce for the roles involved in developing partnerships with creative organizations.
6. Practitioner Partnerships – Develop brokerage arrangements to build the capacity in education and creativity sectors.
7. Pathways to Creative Industries – Create a website to provide industry-approved careers advice and guidance.
8. Frameworks and Regulation – Encourage recognition of creativity through school self-evaluation and through including creativity as one of the themes for the national review programme.
9. The way forward – These proposals need further development. They will build on existing success and further nurture young creative talent.