SWITCHING ON CREATIVITY IN SCHOOLS

Kath and Carla Simpson (left-right)

Kath and Carla Simpson (left-right)

When the men and women in charge of the biggest companies in the world were asked what skill they valued most in their employees they said creativity.

The world of technology moves at lightening speed and the competition in the market place, for any business, has never been so fierce. But if creativity and innovation is so valuable why aren't creative thinking skills part of our national curriculum?

Research has proven that creativity drops off massively when children reach secondary school and we want to give children some tools to prevent that from happening.    

In  Ken Robinson's famous Ted talk  he refers to a study in the book  Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future Today , by George Land and Beth Jarman, that looks at the decreasing levels of divergent thinking* skills through-out  childhood .  * Divergent thinking  is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions.

In Ken Robinson's famous Ted talk he refers to a study in the book Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future Today, by George Land and Beth Jarman, that looks at the decreasing levels of divergent thinking* skills through-out childhood.

*Divergent thinking is a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions.

free pilot workshop for kids 11-13

Ideas

At Creative Switch we normally do creative thinking workshops with adults but knowing what we know now we want to make sure our next generation has better creative skills than we do. That's why I've teamed up with my sister Carla Simpson a Leeds based popular children's entertainer and founder of children's improvised storytelling company Anything Could Happen

Together we want to change that sudden decline in creative thinking and we're working toward securing the funding to bring creativity workshops into secondary schools. So, on the 10th of September from 10am - 12.30pm in Boston Spa village hall we're piloting a free fun workshop for children aged 11-13 to explore creative thinking head on and get their valuable feedback in how best to tackle this subject in schools.

You can hear an interview about creativity in schools workshops on Tempo FM with Paul Richards a former secondary school teacher.

Places are limited so email kathsimpson@creativeswitch.co.uk or call Carla on 07887 648 734 to reserve your child's place and give them the opportunity to have fun and learn some valuable, marketable creative skills.