Forth Valley Creative Learning

Forth Valley Creative Learning is a new collaboration between Education in Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, creating opportunities together to explore creativity and creative learning through creative conversations, talks, CPD and networks.

FREE Creative Learning Professional Development

In the 21st century humanity faces some of its most daunting challenges.  Our best resource is to cultivate our singular abilities of imagination, creativity and innovation. Our greatest peril would be to face the future without investing fully in those abilities. Doing so has to become one of the principal priorities of education, and training everywhere.  Education is the key to the future, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.’ Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, Sir Ken Robinson, 2001


During 2012/13 Forth Valley Creative Learning held a series of Creative Conversations.  Participants were asked to feedback after each event how FVCL could continue to support teachers, educators and creative practitioners beyond the conversations.

A number of participants asked if we could provide experiential professional development opportunities to help them explore how to engineer / plan / create learning experiences with creativity at the heart and, therefore, how to support creative learning within the classroom.

Forth Valley Creative Learning are therefore very pleased to be able to offer two innovative programmes of professional development in February 2014, specifically created to explore how to engineer / plan / create learning experiences with creativity at the heart within the classroom, and are aimed at headteachers, teachers, probationer teachers, educators, education officers, youth workers, community learning and development officers (priority initially to those from Stirling, Clackmanannshire and Falkirk schools and councils), creative practitioners and arts and heritage officers and managers (across all genres).  These have been developed in collaboration with and will be delivered by Single Steps Learning and Creativity, Culture and Education.

Thanks to funding and support from Creative Scotland, Education Scotland and Artworks Scotland we are able to offer these programmes for FREE.

Introduction to the Programmes

The overarching aim of both programmes is to support teachers, educators and creative practitioners to reflect on their own practice and to explore how to create and support learning experiences in schools across the curriculum with creativity at the heart.  Both programmes are experiential, involving participants in the learning process.

Both programmes will be an opportunity to explore and inspire creativity in the practitioner’s own approaches and in the learning of the children and young people they work with. 

The Professional Development will be led by two specialist education and creative learning organisations.

Programme 1 (3 days) will be led by Single Steps Learning and held at the Camelon Education Centre, Falkirk and Programme 2 (2 days) by Creativity, Culture and Education will be held at the Tolbooth in Stirling.  We are also very happy that Paul Gorman (creative practitioner / educator / lecturer) will be involved with both programmes. Please see accompanying documents for initial information about the programmes and the organisations involved.

We are able to offer 14 places (7 educators / teachers and 7 creative practitioners) on each of the programmes.  It is suggested that you only attend one of the programmes but if you would like to attend both please let us know.

At the end of each programme there will be an opportunity for the creative practitioners involved to then work in a school in Stirling, Falkirk or Clackmannanshire for 2 x ½ day sessions alongside one of the teachers / educators they have worked with on the programme (there will be a fee for creative practitioners of £100 to cover this time in schools). A sharing day will also be brought together in May / June where which each participant will be asked to attend to share their experiences during the professional development and since.

How To Get Involved

To participate please send us initially an email to let us know that you would like to be involved with the professional development opportunity.  Applicants should then submit a brief statement of interest including the following information by Friday 17th January 2014.

  • Name, contact details and school / organisation / company / freelance practioner
  • The programme that you would like to take part in (programme 1 or 2).  If you would like to take part in both please let us know, or if you are from a school outwith Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Falkirk please mention here.
  • What you hope to gain from participation in the programme and how it will be of benefit to your practice (please write no more than one page of A4)
  • Agreement to commit to all course dates and agreement from your headteacher if you are based in a school or early years setting

Appliactions will then be reviewed by Forth Valley Creative Learning and all applicants wil be notified the following week.

However if you would like more information in the meantime please do get in touch.

Please contact:

Clare Hoare, Cultural Coordinator (Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils) 

Gayle Martin, Arts and Culture Officer (Falkirk Council)


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