The 2018 Creative Education Conference

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Creative Education Conference.

CEC 2017

Recognising the importance of integrating creative subjects into the curriculum

We believe creative education is key to ensuring curriculum breadth and balance. Creative education is a vital part of today’s teaching because it underpins progression into the UK’s creative industries – which remain the fastest growing and arguably the most diverse and dynamic anywhere in the world.

Studying creative subjects allows students of all abilities, backgrounds and learning preferences to develop a richer cultural awareness. This type of study:

  • is essential to ensuring students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • facilitates cultural understanding
  • enables self-expression and encourages independent thinking
  • allows students to apply their learning to solve problems creatively
  • develops skills vital for employability in a wide range of sectors.

By hosting this conference, we seek to emphasise the importance of creative subjects in the curriculum. This event will:

  • inform the design of creative qualifications and how they are taught
  • discuss the latest views on the arts from leading thinkers from education and industry
  • inspire innovation and forge links with other schools and colleges, higher education and the creative sector.

We want to work with you to ensure that the design of qualifications and curriculum in creative subjects is the best it can be. Our goal is to inspire new thinking and new collaborations between industry, higher education and schools/colleges to support a high-quality creative education – both now and in the future.


“Creative teaching and learning must happen in all subjects. The arts are often the portal for creativity to come into a school and a very natural means for children and young people to flex their creative muscles. We all begin as artists don’t we? When we are at our most imaginative and creative, we are all artists.”

Professor Jonothan Neelands, Director of Study, Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value

“Schools, colleges and universities are fundamental to the growth of the UK creative industries. Without them, most young people would not engage with the arts at all.”

Pauline Tambling CBE CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills and Managing Director, National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills

“To deliver creative education, you need to think in terms of the culture of a school, the ethos, but also the systems you have in place. It’s important for the people who lead the school to champion creative education, creative subjects, and opportunities for students to be creative across the curriculum and to give that real value.”

Tom Sherrington, Head Teacher, Highbury Grove School, Islington

Contact us

For further information, or if you'd like to support this event, please email the Creative Education Conference team at