Can we teach creativity?

by Mark Squire, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Introduction To not dare is to have already lost. We should seek out ambitious, even unrealistic projects, because things only happen when we dream. Andrée Putman The education system is traditionally based on convergence:

Does a mandatory reading programme have a positive impact on attitudes to reading among Year 10 boys, or does it deny them autonomy, reinforcing a negative perception of reading as a chore?

Context A frequent talking point at parents’ evenings is the perception amongst teachers and parents that reading for pleasure plummets around the age of 13, particularly amongst boys. This is backed by research. For example, Hall and Coles (2002) report “a clear