Creativity is key at learning festival

Douglas Blane reveals how you can travel up the learning ladder and take a more imaginative approach to lessons

Douglas Blane

Creativity is the theme of this year's Scottish Learning Festival and it means different things to different people, say the organisers.

For the teachers and school managers giving seminars at the SECC in Glasgow on September 19 and 20, it means everything from learning ladders, growth mindsets and games development to social media, tablet technology, collaborative enquiry and even yoga, for "focus and concentration".

There are seminars on creative teaching in science, history, maths, English and PE, as well as interdisciplinary learning and global citizenship.

A strong thread of creative approaches to literacy and numeracy across learning runs through the festival, which is organised by Education Scotland and the Scottish government, with TESS as media partner.

There are half a dozen seminars on each, including reading, rugby and the Royal Marines, fighting crime with maths and using Scots to get parents participating.

Key seminars include one from Education Scotland on "a new model of career-long professional learning", and two on quality assurance and moderation, with examples of good practice from around the authorities. An overview of the new National qualifications by the Scottish Qualifications Authority lets practitioners ask questions and hear about next steps.

The Scottish Book Trust shows how to tempt teens into reading, the University of Glasgow presents research on assessment to support primary- secondary transition, and the Govan Law Centre tells teachers how not to break the law.

Keynote speeches include Creativity in Politics from Matthew Taylor, former chief adviser to the prime minister, and a new look at leadership from Keith Grint, professor of public leadership at the University of Warwick.

Education secretary Michael Russell will open the festival by talking about the high points of the past year and the way ahead.

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