• Teaching for Creativity, Methods and Approaches

    In 2020, due to the pandemic, the summit was held online with the theme "Teaching for Creativity, Methods and Approaches". This year, and despite these global challenges, we witnessed the pilot projects come to fruition.

  • 2020 Summit at a Glance


    The second international conference sought to address the following questions:

    • Changing Landscape of UK Creativity Education: Trend and Practice
    • How do schools Position Creativity Courses
    • Key Elements in Creativity Course Design: Theory and Practice
    • Choosing the Right Pedagogy in Creativity Education
    • Cooperative Learning: Create a Creative Learning Community
    • Creative Thinking as a Strategy for Innovation

    The summit summoned experts from top ranking universities and schools from the UK, including Cambridge University, Winchester University, Cranfield University, Pate's Grammar School, and Bryanston School...


    • To learn from the UK experience in adopting methods and approaches in terms of teaching for creativity
    • To explore the features of a creative curriculum, a creative classroom and a creative campus
    • To explore new pedagogies, such as problem-based learning, design thinking, research-based learning, and student-led classrooms etc.


    The summit drew the attention of over 60 schools from across Shanghai and both state and independent schools from the UK, engaging over 200 headmasters and teachers.


    The summit also curated an online learning platform customized for the teachers in Shanghai to access the speech contents and follow-up materials, making up-to-date research and experience sharing accessible to a whole wider audience.


    After the event, the two districts, Pudong and Jiading in Shanghai, have started to work on their own creativity curriculum schemes, pairing up schools and creating alliances of schools based on the aims and activities of creative learning.

  • Conference Program

    Check out our 3-day event agenda here!

  • Key Speakers

    The summit summoned experts from top ranking universities and schools from the UK, including Cambridge University, Winchester University, Cranfield University, Pate's Grammar School, and Bryanston School...

    Prof Bill Lucas

    Co-Chair of the OECD PISA Creative Thinking Committee

    Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL) founded CRL in 2008 and Chair of Advisory Board of the Global Institute of Creative Thinking.


    In 2017 Bill was appointed by the OECD as co-chair of the strategic advisory group for the 2021 PISA test of Creative Thinking which will draw on the work of the CRL. In 2018 he was invited to join the Durham Commission on Creativity in Education as an academic adviser and was subsequently co-author of its first report in 2019. He is currently curating an online platform, Creativity Exchange, for Arts Council England. Bill is an international adviser to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in Australia, to Vinnvard in Sweden and to the OECD/CERI research into critical and creative thinking in France. Bill co-leads the Fellowship Programme of THIS, the Healthcare Studies Institute at the University of Cambridge.

    Prof Zhang Minsheng

    Vice President of the Chinese Society of Education

    Professor Zhang is currently the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Education and the President of the Shanghai Society of Education. He sits as a member on high-level national educational committees, including the National Education Advisory Committee, the National Education Examination Steering Committee, and the National Primary Education Curriculum and Textbook Working Committee

    The professor and researcher was also the former Deputy Director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Director of the Education Supervision Office of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, President of the Shanghai Institute of Education, and National School Inspector.

    His work involves primary education planning, education research, curriculum reform of primary and secondary schools, and teacher education. He has led numerous key research projects on the National Social Sciences, the National Ministry of Education and Shanghai Education Research, and is author of many research papers and books.

    Prof Bill Lucas

    Director of Research

    Cranfield University

    Professor Tsourdos obtained a MEng in Electronic, Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield (1995), an MSc in Systems Engineering from Cardiff University (1996) and a PhD in Nonlinear Robust Autopilot Design and Analysis from Cranfield University (1999).


    He joined Cranfield University in 1999 as a lecturer and was appointed Head of the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems in 2007, Professor of Autonomous Systems and Control in 2009, and Director of Research – Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing in 2015. He was a member of Team Stellar, the winning team for the UK Ministry of Defence Grand Challenge in 2008, and an IET Innovation Award in 2009 (Team category).

    Prof Benzhong Wang

    Director of Shengtao Education Development and Innovation Research Institute

    Mr. Wang Benzhong was born in June 1940. He is now Chair & Dean of Beijing Shengtao Education Development and Innovation Research Institute with the title of Professor (Senior rank) in the national academic rank system. He sits as a member on high-level national educational committees, including the National Education Advisory Committee, the National Education Examination Steering Committee, and the National Primary Education Curriculum and Textbook Working Committee and serves as Deputy Director of the Advisory Committee on National Primary Education Information Resource Development.

    Previously, Mr. Wang worked as Director of the Beijing Research Department of the National Computer Education Research Center for Primary and Secondary Schools under the Ministry of Education, advisor to the Education Project Review Group and the Informatization Education Evaluation Group at the National Education Planning Office, and member of the National Expert Group on School Development and School Innovation of Five Northwest Provinces initiated by the World Bank and the Bank of Asia. He received the honorary titles of "Beijing Education Advanced Worker" and "Headmaster of Excellence in Beijing". In 2017, he was named “Famous Educator in Contemporary China”.

    Russell Ellicott

    Pate's Grammar School

    Russel Ellicott has been Headmaster at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham since 2012. Russel started his career as a teacher of History and before moving into leadership positions. He is a National Leader of Education, serves on numerous regional and national education advisory boards and leads training for Senior Leaders and serving Headteachers in the U.K. and overseas.


    Pate’s Grammar School is an Outstanding school, currently recognized as The Sunday Times Secondary School of the Year. It is also a Teaching School, and committed to sharing ideas with other schools, developing the best teachers and school leaders and 'Nurturing Excellence'.

    Sarah Thomas


    Bryanston School

    Sarah Thomas was Head of Bryanston from 2005 to 2019. She read classics at Hertford College, Oxford, took her PGCE at King’s, London, and came to Bryanston after helping to run two of Britain's most successful co-ed public schools. She was deputy head at Uppingham for six years and before that spent 13 years at Sevenoaks teaching classics, housemistressing and heading the sixth form.


    During her 14 years at Bryanston, Sarah oversaw a number of changes, which includes a significant development programme on campus, the migration to an online version of Bryanston's distinctive paper ‘chart’ and the successful introduction of the IB to the sixth form.

    In 2015 the School was rated as excellent across the board by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Sarah Thomas has been awarded Best Head of a Public School at the Tatler Schools Awards 2017.

    Edrys Barkham

    Deputy Head & Director of Admissions

    Bryanston School

    Edrys started at Bryanston in 1984 as a one-year academic resident in Greenleaves. She left to do a PGCE at Cambridge and worked in the state sector before returning to Bryanston in 1991 as Housemistress of Hunter House, tutor and biology teacher. She enjoyed 13 years as housemistress at the 'Hunter Hotel' as it was known at the time, looking after the pastoral welfare of many generations of Hunter girls - probably some of the best years she spent at Bryanston.


    Edrys was Head of Biology during the building of the Sanger Science Centre before being appointed Senior Mistress and later developed into Director of Admissions. She helped to develop a more international intake into the school to positively reflect the global nature of the world our pupils will enter at university and for their careers.

    Dr Alex Carter

    Academic Director

    Cambridge University ICE

    Alex Carter (BA Hons, MA, PhD, PGCHE) is a creativity theorist and philosopher, delivering lifelong learning and teacher training at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education. He has designed and delivered a range of courses in philosophy, ethics and creativity theory, and oversees the Institute's undergraduate research courses. He is also Bye-Fellow for Study Skills at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.


    Alex's approach to teaching is to encourage students to feel the "pain of the problem” - to make plain the very real ways in which philosophical problems affect our lives. Accordingly, Alex is most keen to offer his support to philosophical projects that, not only inform contemporary debates, but actively affect change. Alex's ongoing research interests include Wittgenstein’s later philosophy, the theology of Simone Weil and the philosophy of humour. He is currently researching the relationship between humour and creative practice via the concept of ’serious play’.

    Abigail Docherty

    Award-winning playwright
    Lecturer at Cambridge University

    Abigail is a playwright, working in theatre and for BBC Radio 4. She teaches performance and creativity at ICE. She is co-director of the MSt in Writing for Performance which opens in September 2020. Her creative research interests lie in dramatizing the voices of women and children who have experienced high-conflict/war-zone situations. She was the 2012 Pearson Bursary Writer in Residence at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Her play One Thousand Paper Cranes won the Best Scottish Contribution to Drama at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and has been produced all over the world. Sea and Land and Sky, based on the oral testimonies/histories of World War I nurses won the 2010 National Open-Stage Playwriting Competition at the Tron and is published by Methuen Drama.


    She teaches Writing for Performance, Undergraduate Diploma in Creativity Theory, History and Philosophy and MSt courses in Writing for Performance. Her teaching uses mixed-media, including music, poetry, and art-making, in order to encourage students to create dramatic voice and text.

    Caroline Barrett

    Former Head of English
    Canford School

    Ms. Caroline Barrett holds degrees of BA in English Language (2:1) from St Anne’s College, Oxford, graduating 1981 and later an MA in 1983 as well as an MA in Modern English Literature from Birkbeck College, London, graduating 1984.


    Caroline worked as an ‘O’ Level and ‘A’ Level tutor at Collingham Tutorial College, London, before starting her career as an English teacher at Bryanston School, Dorset, where she worked from 1986 to 2001. She then became an English and Drama teacher at Canford School, where she was Head of English from September 2011 to 2019. After retirement, she works part-time as an English tutor at GCSE and A Level and takes up voluntary work at Riding for the Disabled; the National Trust; Dorset Reading Project.

    Tyler Shores

    Researcher, writer & teacher Cambridge University

    Having worked at Google Authors, served as a director for an international nonprofit organization, and most recently working in online education at Stanford University, Tyler Shores researches keenly the interaction between technology and the social. He maintains a particular interest in the experience of reading in print and digital mediums, digital technology in education, and the cultural impact of social media. Tyler has published on social media and celebrity advocacy, online culture, and philosophy.

    Andrew Barnes

    Director of Technology
    Bryanston School

    Andrew Barnes is experienced in the foundation stages of a new international boarding school and running large international teams both expat and nationals within a technology context. He has a proven tack record of delivering positive educational outcomes through the use of IT in a school wide context and extensive experience developing relationships with both local and international partners to enhance opportunities within the sector. This includes consultation roles for large international organizations on adoption of virtual learning environments and the use of mobile technologies in a wide range of different curriculum contexts (NC, GCSE, iGCSE, A-level, IB).

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