1st Edition

Sculpting New Creativities in Primary Education

Edited By Pam Burnard, Michelle Loughrey Copyright 2022
    244 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book introduces the new term ‘creativities’ with cutting-edge examples of creativities research that has influenced the thinking and work of teachers and school leaders in their practice. Co-edited by one of the leading international experts in creativity and the arts, this book is packed with imaginative ideas and practical classroom suggestions underpinned by theory and research to help teachers become research-informed and research-generating.

    Sculpting New Creativities in Primary Education will inspire us, invite us to think, and share ways in which research is informing and enabling a role for new and creative practices in primary education. Each chapter is collaboratively written by an academic and a practicing teacher covering areas such as: creative spaces, intercultural and interdisciplinary creativity, art, wellbeing, mathematics, STEM and leadership creativities. It importantly highlights the need to inspire, shape and unfold change-making practices that (re-)invigorate, (re-)empower, and (re-)position primary education practice.

    Drawing from projects originally conducted both in the UK and beyond, this revolutionary book invites teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders to co-create ways to unlock research together as mutually informative ways of authoring change.


    1. Creativities of change in primary education

    Pam Burnard and Michelle Loughrey

    2. Using school corridors to support learning: spatial creativity driving primary education

    Thomas Bellfield, Emma Dyer, Karolina Szynalska and Ben Erskine

    3. Storying the journey to new spaces of intercultural creative learning

    James Biddulph and Pamela Burnard

    4. Animating primary schools, inside and out: enlivening learning through meaningful memory-making

    Elsa Lee and Sarah Stepney

    5. Posthumanist creative ecologies in primary education

    Anne Harris


    6. Innovating change through creativities curricula

    Michelle Loughrey and Richard Gerver

    7. The Creative Pedagogue: Enacting Affective Pathways for Interdisciplinary Embodied Creativity in Primary Education

    Anna Hickey-Moody, Peter J. Cook and Nathan Portelli

    8. Activating creativities by emphasising health and wellbeing: a Holistic Pedagogical practice from Finland

    Kristóf Fenyvesi, Christopher S. Brownell, Jukka Sinnemäki and Zsolt Lavicza

    9. Cultivating primary creativities in STEAM gardens

    Donald Gray and Laura Colucci-Gray with Louise Robertson


    10. Unlocking creative leadership in the primary school

    Megan Crawford, Deborah Outhwaite and Matthew Crawford

    11. Learning at a Snail’s Pace: ‘What if’ and ‘What else’ is happening in a South African primary classroom?

    Karin Murris, Joanne Peers and Nadia Woodward

    12. ‘What can be otherwise’ : Embodying a collective phronesis (or practical wisdom) for sculpting new creativities in primary education and beyond

    Julia Flutter


    Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching



    Pam Burnard is Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She chairs the University of Cambridge Arts and Creativities Research Group and is co-editor-in-chief of the international journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity.

    Michelle Loughrey is a successful teacher and education leader with over two decades’ experience working in education, leading schools most recently as Headteacher. As an educational consultant she provides skilled coaching and strategic support to individuals, teams, schools and trusts.