It is no secret that creative learning and subjects in our schools and colleges have sharply declined in recent years. However, the creative industries in the UK are booming, estimated to be worth around £115.9 billion and accounting for 5.9% of the UK economy. In fact, Oxford Economics predict that with the right investment, the UK’s creative industries will recover from the pandemic faster than the UK economy as a whole, growing by over 26% by 2025 and creating 300,000 new jobs.
Not every student favours Art over PE, but the
transferable skills that students pick up from
their creative subjects will set them up to
succeed in a variety of different career paths
and support their professional development
and general well-being in many ways. Art,
design and media are a motor for economic
growth and job creation, but just as importantly,
creativity drives innovation and makes
communities in all parts of the UK happier,
healthier places for us to live in. The British
Journal of Clinical Psychology published a
study which demonstrates when people are
involved in arts-oriented activities, they see
a boost in positive emotions and a reduction
in negative emotions - bringing about greater
The ability to think critically, some would say, is as important as Maths and English. Having the ability to ask ‘why?’ as well as ‘how?’ and to analyse the subject matter in order to form a clear judgement and continue to make informed decisions as well as demonstrate problem- solving capabilities. These kinds of skills can give students the confidence to approach education, work and live independently and with resilience.
Hands-on subjects are a way of learning by doing, allowing students who thrive in these environments to feel more comfortable in their abilities. Practical subjects allow students to explore, developing their skills and practice and take this confidence forward to apply to their core subjects, as well as improving their concentration. This provides a platform for students to feel prepared when taking part in GCSE qualifications, A-Levels, or any other more vocational type of subject.
Often our schools and colleges have their
hands tied when it comes to providing a way for
all students to access creative subjects for their
GCSEs or A-levels. However, many universities
offer a variety of free masterclass or practical
workshops to help engage students in creative
study whilst also exploring higher education.
This can be a wonderful way to allow students
to get a feel for what it might be like to study
a creative subject at university, whilst giving
students the opportunity to engage in a new
activity and skill, build their confidence and
professional and personal relationships with
their peers and beyond.
Through creativity, students develop ability as natural problem solvers, preparing them for further study and employment, and equipping them with the skills that will be needed to tackle the problems of the future. Creative learning is needed in our schools, colleges and universities now more than ever.
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