Creativity is increasingly seen as central to good learning and teaching throughout the curriculum. This book examines the political and educational context behind such developments and looks at dilemmas faced by trainee teachers as they begin their teaching practice. Demonstrating what creativity is, how it evolves and how it can be nurtured in various teaching contexts, it enables trainees to develop creativity in their teaching role and in their pupils' learning. Throughout, the book links clearly to the new Professional Standards for QTS and presents exercises, subject-based case studies and teaching examples to engage and support all secondary trainees.

Setting the Scene: Creativity in Secondary Education

Setting the scene: Creativity in secondary education

By the end of this chapter you should:

  • have thought about creativity, and what it means to be creative;
  • have considered views of learning and how the notion of creativity sits within these;
  • have reflected on the place of creativity within your specialist subject;
  • have considered the rote of creativity within the National Curriculum.

This chapter wilt help you to meet the following Professional Standards for QTS:

Q1, Q2, Q6, Q7, Q8, Q9, Q10, Q15, Q18, Q22, Q25


Creativity is an important concept in education and elsewhere, and it is hard to imagine it being seen as anything other than a positive attribute of individuals and institutions alike. Indeed, arguing against creativity in schools would seem to be like ...

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