People have been talking about “21st Century Learning Skills” for some time – strange really when we are 20 years into the century. But the reason for this is the value that people see in these skills in the information age.

These skills include Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Information literacy and Technology literacy amongst others. Creativity can be easily overlooked.

These skills are valued, as automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over routine jobs. New jobs are created, however, the shift has been to develop skills in students that cannot be replicated by technology.

The largest growth areas for careers over the next five years according to https://australianjobs.employment.gov.au/, include carers, aides, health professionals and specialist managers. Whilst careers
in decline include secretaries, office managers, plant operators and farming. The same website lists skills for the future, which resonate with the 21st Century Learning skills, with Creativity being listed first.

A recent paper written by UniSA’s Professor David Cropley encourages schools to put more of an emphasis on creativity, as it is a core competency across all disciplines and critical for ensuring future job success.

The challenge is now to look at ways to allow creativity to flow in every aspect of what we do at the school, but families can also support us at home. Encouraging creativity in all its forms, is shown to be transferable across learning disciplines. Does your child have a creative outlet?

Colossians 3:23-24
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Jason Plunkett | Head of Teaching and Learning