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22 October - 13 November
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Creative skills in education: benefits, challenges and policy responses

What’s on offer?

This event will bring together professionals from the education and cultural sectors, to debate the value of embedding creative skills in education and visions for possible policy responses.

Panellists will reflect on the main benefits of embedding creativity in the curriculum across schools and in higher and further education. They will also address some of the challenges that practitioners face and how policymakers might respond to this at a local and national level.

The discussion will be informed by a Burberry Inspire case study, which draws on new data from a four-year, longitudinal evaluation conducted by the Policy Institute at King's College London.

There will be opportunities for networking after the session.

Presentation of Burberry Inspire Case Study:

Nicole Lovett, Responsibility Programme Director, Burberry

Leanne Kirkham, Director of Learning, Northern Ballet

Kirstie Hewlett & Niall Sreenan, Researchers, The Policy Institute


Beatrice Pembroke, Executive Director for Culture, King's College London (Chair)

Jo Johnson, Chair, Access Creative and Former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Lizzie Crump, Visiting Engagement Fellow, Culture, King’s College London

Sarah Gregory, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Creative UK

Wesley Bush, Headteacher, Castleford Academy

What’s it about?

The event will have a broad focus on the value and importance of cultivating creative skills in educational settings, and reflection on how this is currently supported in policy and practice. Panellists will be invited to put forward an opening statement of what they see as the main benefit of embedding creativity in the curriculum, be it in school, further or higher education, and to reflect on some of the challenges that practitioners face and how policymakers could respond at a local and national level. 

The discussion will be underpinned by the presentation of findings from a mixed methods evaluation of Burberry Inspire – an artist-in-residence programme, which was delivered in eight schools in Yorkshire between 2018-2022 – which studies the impact of embedding creative skills in the early years of secondary education on students' confidence, locus of control and aspiration.

Of particular interest to

Cultural practitioners and educators, as well as policymakers in relevant fields.

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