Orchestrating Creative Approaches
At Guildford County, we believe that all students have the ability to create. Not just in the areas typically associated with being creative but rather that all learning is creative learning offering stretch, challenge and accessibility to all.
Creativity is the ability to think about a task or a problem in a new or different way, or, the ability to use the imagination to generate new ideas. It is, therefore, multi-disciplinary. It allows us to find patterns and make connections, often in ways that are not always immediately obvious. At the root of this, is inspiring curiosity, engagement and adaptability.
Our emphasis, therefore, is on facilitating creative learning habits, actively encouraging students to “opt in” and to develop a “why not”; “could be” and “what if” attitude. Whether in the classroom, face to face, or in our remote learning provision, this manifests in many different ways:
- Students are given some control over their learning, which generates ownership.
- Online tools become a canvas for exploration and collaborative learning.
- There is a balance between structure and freedom.
- Time is used flexibly.
- Students work collaboratively and assess each other, considering what and how they will progress and refine.
Crucially, creativity supports skills and nurtures confidence, for it encourages us to take risks and, as a result, we use it to help define, solve, rethink, reframe, problem solve and consider new perspectives.
We recognise, therefore, that learning is a dynamic process and an exciting journey for students and teachers alike.
Director Of Music; Head of Creativity.