Why is creativity in education important?

There’s been an increased call for boosting creativity in schools in recent years, culminating with the final report from the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education in the UK. Following their study on more than 1000 businesses, teachers, families, and officials the consensus is clear: we need to better integrate creativity in our schools.

why is creativity in education important

The Durham Commission on Creativity in Education also talked about the need for a shift back to better supported arts-related subjects in the curriculum as currently these subjects are being eroded. This has led to a growing dependency on extra-curricular activities in the development of creative thinking, analytical and interpersonal skills.

Unfortunately, according to research by the Sutton Trust found that 37% of students do not take part in extra-curriculars, meaning over a third of all English students do not engage in activities that would develop their creative skills, due to socio-economic and geographic factors. It is now more important than ever, considering the rapidly changing world we find ourselves in, to make sure all children have the same opportunities to develop these essential life skills.

“ By encouraging creativity and imagination, we are promoting children’s ability to explore and comprehend their world and increasing their opportunities to make new connections and reach new understandings.” (Duffy, 2006)

But why? Why is it so important we integrate creativity developmental methods into our education systems? 

There’s a myriad of reasons, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll focus on what we believe to be the top 5.

1. Creativity is key to career success.

In a study conducted by Adobe on why creativity matters, 82% of surveyed adults said they wished they had developed more creativity in school. 96% also said that creativity is an important part of their jobs, as well as believing creativity contributes to economic growth.  Every advancement known to mankind has started with a new idea and by thinking out of the box. Both promoted by creativity. 

2. Creativity Promotes Confidence

Being creative requires courage, it requires you to be willing to fail and try again. Promoting creativity in schools can help children increase their confidence and resilience to better prepare them for the future.

3. Creativity develops creative thinking and problem-solving skills

Creative-thinking and problem-solving skills depend on nurtured creativity. These are skills that are inter-disciplinary and will be used throughout life – both professionally and day-to-day – which is why children need to develop them as early as possible. 

4. Creativity promotes physical and emotional development.

Creativity and the methods through which it is expressed, such as arts and crafts, help children develop fine motor skills, control, and coordination through making. Creative expression also allows children to express thoughts and emotions by putting them into a piece of artwork, contributing to their emotional development. 

5. Creativity promotes social development

More often than not, being in a creative space requires us to share and interact with others. Creative activities such as singing, dancing or acting play a big role in the development of social skills such as communication, sympathy, and respect.

We’ve just scratched the surface of the benefits that come with promoting creativity in education. The need for schools to help kids develop, nurture and retain their creativity is bigger than ever. Creativity will always be an advantage, especially in a time where this skill is becoming prevalent in most industries.

Here at Tech Will Save Us, we work alongside teachers with experience across classrooms, home-schooling and after-hour clubs to ensure we integrate creative development processes in all of our education packs and lesson plans. You can find out more about Tech Will Saves Education here.

What do you think? Would you like to see a bigger focus on developing and nurturing creativity in children by schools? Let us know your thoughts via social media by tagging @techwillsaveus. We’d love to hear from you!