Erasmus+ – Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills

Updated 19.12.16

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship® has earned endorsement for the EU funded Erasmus+ project.

This project provides €423,000 over three years for work in three areas:

  • Curriculum research and development
  • Professional development and training
  • Establishing an innovative qualification pathway at Levels 2 and 3 (equivalent to GCSE and A Level or Baccalaureate qualifications).

Experienced upper school specialists will work in these areas over the next three years. Their task will be to develop an integrated approach to formal, non-formal and informal learning, one that enhances and makes explicit the creative thinking skills so highly prized and sought after at this time.

For a summary of the project please see the Executive Summary below. We have also published a handbook that contains a full outline of the details of the project that you can download here:-

Download the handbook here
Download ACTS-SWSF-Project-Handbook.pdf (779.7 KB)

see report on meeting in Finland here

see update here
see list of supporters here

The Erasmus+ / Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills Project is open for discussion!

In addition to this handbook we have set up a new area within the SWSF Forum website to explore the concepts of the project further – as such if you are a teacher in a member school or organisation then please do login to the Forum and go to the ‘Erasmus+ / Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills Forum’ to discuss this with your peers from other schools in the UK & Ireland.
N.B. If you are not yet a member of the Forum then please go to the forum registration page here too apply to become registered.

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Executive Summary

There are five partners working together on this project: the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship® (UK),
Sammenslutningen af frie Rudolf Steiner skoler i Danmark (Denmark); see website here
steinerskoleforbundet (Norway); see website here
Steinerkasvatuksen liitto (Finland) see website here
Crossfields Institute (UK). see website here

Our project ‘Acknowledging Creative Thinking Skills’ aims to contribute to the development of a European area of Skills and Qualifications, thereby raising attainment for all students and reducing the numbers of early school leavers.

We want to facilitate creative thinking and maximise potential in all students through a holistic approach to curriculum development and implementation combining the highly-focused, analytic thinking and memory training involved in formal education with the softer focus, non-verbal, experience of interconnections and context that is often found in non-formal and informal learning.

We have identified a need, raised repeatedly by schools across Europe, for qualifications at Levels 3 and 4 (EQF) that recognise and validate learning gained through an integrated variety of formal, non-formal and informal learning styles. In an increasingly mobile Europe, these qualifications and the elements within them need to be portable.

We recognise that in order to enable the successful embedding of this approach in schools, a parallel activity developing suitable CPD and assessor training will be needed, and most effective if Learning Support specialists are available from the outset. It is in this context that development of Level 2 and 3 qualifications (ENQF) equivalent to Level 3 and 4 (EQF) can be realised.

There are therefore three strands to the proposed SWSF project:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Upper School Teacher Training/CPD
  • Establishing a Qualification on the National framework recognising and validating an integrated approach to Formal, non-formal and informal learning. Also the associated Assessor Training

The methodology for this three year project will be collaborative and involve 4 Project Management meetings to plan and disseminate results relating to:

4 Curriculum Development Transnational Activities facilitated by the Crossfields Institute. These will develop an innovative integration of formal, non-formal and informal learning within school provision to reduce the number of early school leavers, and raise the attainment of all including low and high achievers, by enhancing creative thinking skills. Layers of creative thinking will be studied across the entire curriculum. Qualification meetings will write up the diploma priorities with subject specialists and in a cross curricular context, also in consultation with learning support specialists. The participants will all be experienced teachers, teacher trainers and educationalists.

3 Assessor Trainer Transnational Activities lead by Crossfields will train experts to cascade down the necessary assessment training to teachers in the schools. Assessor training will include holistic assessment using a range of integrated methods, observation skills, working cross curricular, with past, present and future and conscious reflective practice.

An interactive Information Hub website with conferencing and virtual learning facility will be set up.

Crossfields will work collaboratively with the partners on the detailed development of the units including an innovative unit, making explicit the creative thinking skills so valued in Higher Education, employment and business. Once completed, the diploma will be launched at the end of the three year project.

Alongside this, an invaluable overview of approaches, methodologies and case studies discussed at the Transnational Activities will be synthesised into an easily understood and digestible publication suitable for practical use and wider dissemination in the form of the SWSF intellectual output: ‘Creative Thinking: the integration of formal, non-formal and informal learning in schools’. This will be made freely available on the SWSF Information Hub website, along with articles, reports, forums and information about the diploma.

see news archive here

Experienced teachers from Upper Schools, plus a retired teacher and a parent who is a university lecturer are currently attending the meetings.
Schools participating in the transnational conferences:
Michael Hall see website here
York see website here
Botton see website here
Edinburgh see website here
Brighton see website here
Elmfield see website here
Ringwood see website here
Wynstones see website here

See ACTS FAQ here

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