Creativity as a pastoral concern

Trotman, Dave (2019) Creativity as a pastoral concern. Pastoral Care in Education. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0264-3944

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In this paper the author considers the contribution of creativity to pastoral care in education. Since its advent in English schools in the early 1970s, pastoral care has placed the affective realm and individual enrichment centre stage in both its curriculum aims and teaching approaches. These principles have, however, had much to contend with over the past fifty years; from the obtrusive effects of state intervention in schools, to the challenges confronting young people growing up in increasingly complex societies. For many teachers and practitioners engaging young people in creative pursuits has come to be regarded as a necessary counterpoint to increasingly performative school cultures and an essential means to enabling vibrant forms of positive self-expression. The power of creative activities has received new impetus as a pastoral concern in light of two national trends. The first as creative arts provision in the curriculum in English state secondary schools declines as a consequence of Government qualification reforms, and second as an increasing number of young people are referred to Alternative Educational Provision with mental health issues. As a consequence, many pastoral educators have turned or, indeed, returned to creativity and creative practices as a primary means of supporting and enriching the lives of young people, particularly for those who now struggle in contemporary school environments. In light of these developments and drawing on research and practice in the field of creativity and pastoral care this paper aims to cast further light on creativity in pastoral education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Pastoral Care in Education on 28/01/2019, available online:
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Education, Multi-professional Practice and Early Childhood
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 15:14
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 05:10

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