Barry Sheerman MP to Give Creative Address


Social and political entrepreneur Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee, will be providing a special address at the Creativity in the Curriculum conference on 27 February 2008.


[UKPRwire, Thu Nov 22 2007] Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills from 2001 – 2007 and Chair of the newly formed Children, Schools and Families Committee from 2007, Mr Sheerman has a strong interest and background in educational issues, playing a key role in education policy and debates.

Appointed Chair of the new Children, Schools and Families Select Committee on 14 November 2007, Mr Sheerman was previously involved in an inquiry on the current curriculum and the effect of creativity on students.

Speaking on this report, Mr Sheerman said, “Our inquiry found a high level of support for creative approaches to teaching and learning in schools, with many practitioners clearly convinced of the positive effects on a child's learning and development” (BBC News, 31 October 2007).

The importance of creativity has not gone unnoticed. The National Curriculum is now set for an overhaul, with schools having to implement the changes by September 2008. The revamped National Curriculum will have a substantial new emphasis on creativity in the curriculum.

In order to promote creativity, schools are poised to see a quarter of the school day being freed up for teachers to focus on individual student's needs.

The questions on most schools’ agendas now are what exactly a creative curriculum is and how they are going to implement the necessary changes by September 2008.

The Creativity in the Curriculum conference, organised by Optimus Education, may well help provide the answers by bringing together a range of experts and practitioners. Mr Sheerman is the latest of these such speakers.


More information on the Creativity in the Curriculum conference, in London on 27 February 2008, is available at www.cpd.info/creativity.

Queries regarding this event should be directed to Jessica Dean at jessica.dean@optimuseducation.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7954 3516.


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Notes to editors:

1. This conference is one in a series of education events produced by Optimus Education.

2. The range of events available can be found at www.teachingexpertise.com/conferences (Teaching Expertise is owned and operated by Optimus Professional Publishing Ltd, of which Optimus Education is a brand).

3. Optimus Education has been running events for education professionals since 1999.

4. The Creativity in the Curriculum conference aims to tackle the issue of understanding how creative approaches to teaching can help learning and how a more creative curriculum can be developed and integrated successfully in schools.

5. Speakers at this event include: Barry Sheerman MP, Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills from 2001 to 2007 and Chair of the newly formed Children, Schools and Families Committee; Paul Roberts, Director of Strategy at the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), Chair of the Government's Creative and Cultural Education Board and author of Nurturing Creativity in Young People, and Robin Widdowson, Curriculum Advisor at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). See the current list of speakers at www.cpd.info/creativity/speakers.html.

6. Content enquiries to Jessica Dean, the producer of this event, at jessica.dean@optimuseducation.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7954 3516. Find more information at www.cpd.info/creativity.

7. A limited number of press passes are available. Contact Dan Stone, conference marketing manager, at dan.stone@optimuseducation.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7954 3491.

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