Creativity for Teaching

Creativity for Teaching is a Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) programme for primary and secondary school teachers that will help nurture and develop the creativity of pupils.

Creativity is now as important in education as literacy – Ken Robinson




We have been at the forefront of creative learning for the past 20 years and have carried out extensive research into the benefits of creative teaching and learning and the best ways to facilitate it.  Our research shows us that participation by young people in structured activities focused on creativity improves academic attainment in secondary-aged students, boosts pre-school and primary aged children’s early literacy skills, increases language development and relates learning to real work.

On this course, teachers will learn how to incorporate activities that promote creativity skills and creative thinking into all aspects of the curriculum. Teachers will learn how to develop a more creative mindset incorporating imagination, a drive to be inquisitive and the confidence to take controlled risks. Teachers will be supported to develop vision, strategy and structures that support creativity and consciously nurture and develop the creative capacities of their pupils.

Our approach uses fun, challenging activities to help teachers make new discoveries and open minds to ‘what if?’, ‘how can we…?’ and ‘let’s try this’.

Who is it for?

Creativity for Teaching is aimed principally at Primary and Secondary Teachers in any subject but could apply to anybody who works as an educator.

What will you learn?

Participants of the CPDL programme will learn:

  • To understand what creativity is, the creative process and its components
  • To become skilled in pedagogical tools that identify, nurture and develop the creative capacities of pupils
  • How to enhance their own creative potential
  • How to grow in confidence in using the creative process to bring about pupil progress
  • How to be prepared to take calculated risks
  • How to be comfortable with utilising failure as part of the learning and teaching process
  • How to develop a mindset in children that gives them a way to consider and deal with any problem

How Will Pupils Benefit?

Teaching that allows pupils to utilise their skills in creativity has additional benefits on their development in other areas, including:

  • Cognitive abilities
  • Language development
  • Literacy skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Improved confidence which can be transferred to other subjects
  • The ability to work on their own initiative

Format and delivery

Creativity for Teaching is available in 4 formats.

1 Full Day Session – £260pp

1 full day session.

Over the course of a day we will introduce the general concept of creativity, how to develop it individually and as part of a team and the strategies for developing it in others.

Participants will be able to try simple, fun techniques that reinforce their teaching repertoire and help develop pupils’ independent learning abilities.


Twilight Sessions – 6 x 2 Hour Sessions – £549pp

six, two hour sessions spread over a period of up to 20 weeks.


In the first two sessions we will introduce the general concept of creativity, how to develop it individually and as part of a team and the strategies for developing it in others. This introduction will provide fun and experiential challenges to begin unpicking the creative process.


During the second two sessions we will reflect on how we have been able to apply the training in the first session to real classroom experiences and what we have learned so far. We explore enhanced strategies for embedding creativity in the curriculum and also introduce our “Learning to Enquire” research methodology – identifying a unique question for participants to undertake in their school.


In the final two sessions we will provide plenty of opportunity for participants to review what they have learnt in their own practice. They will gauge the impact of the programme and agree on a plan for development and next steps.

In between each session, participants will be able to put what they’ve learned into practice in order to immediately capitalise upon the benefits of the programme.


Full Day Course– 3 Days – £400pp

Three full-day sessions spread over 20 weeks.

The public training follows the format of the twilight sessions but with more time to explore in detail the concepts discussed and more opportunities to try useful and fun activities that help embed the learning.

It also provides more opportunities for networking, peer discussion and support.


In-House Training – £Variable

Training sessions can be delivered in-house where we come to your educational establishment to deliver training. In-house packages can be tailored to your requirements; we can deliver 1-day sessions, twilights, the full 3-day course or tailor the training to focus on specific areas you’d like to target. Prices depend on the training time and number of participants.


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