A View From: CLOCK Founder Denise Stanley-Chard in London, UK

In the UK, the STEM subjects are taking precedence in curricular activities and education funding. A critical casualty of this direction of travel will be the loss of high-level creative skills delivered via creative education. Creativity bridges every subject from geography and history to maths and science. The Durham Commission report on Creativity and Education argues that the future of work will require these high-level creative skills currently under threat. They recommend that creativity needs to be accessed from the cradle to the grave to fuel future economies. 

CLOCK is well-placed to promote, recognise and certificate these high-level creative skill sets, and in 2021 we’re offering more opportunities for people to participate in our skills audit workshops. Sector Experts apply the skills audit to map the sector-specific and transferable skills you have acquired and the values you have integrated through life, work and leisure that you can use to pivot into broader professional opportunities. The skills audit can develop into a qualification by providing evidence for these using CLOCK’s existing framework. 

In 2021, we aim to expand our programmes through levels 1-3 to serve young people and adults learning informally in their homes without access to extracurricular activities. We are passionate about creative learners who are developing knowledge and skills at levels 1-3. We have carried out several pilots over the last three years, primarily in community learning spaces in Europe and the UK.

We recognise that there is an opportunity for CLOCK to seek partners to develop a programme that supports and inspires learners to use their creativity collaboratively on projects. This can take place on their phone, their tablet, laptop or desktop computer and delivered via Amazon as a physical kit. They can transform their house into a learning environment that is engaging and self-validating and connects them to their peers in a global creative community. 

Young people will need to develop tolerance of uncertainty, personal and community resilience and the ability to learn and adapt in these challenging times. These values sit at the very centre of our CLOCK Community.

Author Denise Stanley-Chard


Photo courtesy of Aron Van-De-Pol via Unsplash


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