What has been the process up until now?

Crossfields Institute has worked collaboratively with the partners on the detailed development of a suite of qualifications including an innovative certificate, making explicit the Creative Thinking Skills so valued in Higher Education, employment and business. Certificates at Levels 2 (EQF 3) and 3 (EQF 4) have been successfully submitted to Ofqual (the regulator of qualifications in England) and are available to schools. The Level 2 (EQF 3) Diploma and Extended Diploma should be submitted by January 2019 and the Level 3 (EQF 4) Diploma and Extended Diploma by late Spring 2019.

The process

The program, was designed and co-ordinated by Elaine Holt on behalf of SWSF and facilitated by Crossfields Institute, the awarding body. Over the course of the first year, there were four ACTS Research and Development conferences in UK, Norway, Finland and Denmark. These developed an innovative approach to the 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 students, including both low and high achievers, by enhancing creative thinking skills. Layers of creative thinking were studied across the entire curriculum. Parallel qualification meetings developed the diploma priorities with subject specialists, and in a cross curricular context, also in consultation with learning support specialists. The fifty-three participants were all experienced teachers, teacher trainers and educationalists from the five partner organisations.

Three further Assessor Training transnational weeks led by Crossfields Institute trained experts from the five organisations to cascade down the necessary assessment training to teachers in the schools. Assessor training included holistic assessment using a range of integrated methods, observation skills, working cross-curricular, with past, present and future and conscious reflective practice.

International Education Consultant to SWSF, Elaine Holt, has worked alongside the project providing the necessary definitions and rationale which are now provided in a free book available here.

Participating schools across the partner countries have trialled methods and strategies.

Crossfields Institute has worked collaboratively with the partners on the detailed development of a suite of qualifications including an innovative certificate, making explicit the Creative Thinking Skills so valued in Higher Education, employment and business. Certificates at Levels 2 (EQF 3) and 3 (EQF 4) have been successfully submitted to Ofqual (the regulator of qualifications in England) and are available to schools. The Level 2 (EQF 3) Diploma and Extended Diploma should be submitted by January 2019 and the Level 3 (EQF 4) Diploma and Extended Diploma by late Spring 2019.