'Creative' kids join national priorities

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
Pupils should be allowed space to release their natural creativity and set them up for survival in a changing world, according to the man who helped crack the post-McCrone pay and conditions deadlock and put the exams back on track.

Jack McConnell, Education Minister, this week urged schools to be equally creative and emphasised a key role for creative thinking within the five national priorities he announced last autumn.

Addressing a conference in Fife, Mr McConnell declared: "I want to see every school in Scoland dedicated to creative activity. Every school should be a centre of creativity in the community."

Mr McConnell announced his aim to place ambition and creativity high up the curriculum last November.

A project to highlight the practical dimensions of creativity in the curriculum is currently being headed by Kevin Gavin, former director of education in Moray.

It is jointly run by Learning and Teaching Scotland and the IDES network, which supports design, technology and enterprise in schools.

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