Inspiring a love of learning

Willem van der Velden, right, from the Centre for Creative Education, with prospective applicant Lisa Wiener and second year student Saskja Meisler at an open day.

A Plumstead-based teacher training college uses an arts-based approach that encourages graduates to inspire a love of learning in school pupils.

The Centre for Creative Education (CCE) is a small independent public benefit institution, established in 1993, that’s just as much about education as it is about building communities, says CCE’s Fiona McKay.

“We’re one of few independent, accredited teacher-training providers in the country,” said Ms McKay.

Their qualifications are accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education, she said.

“Our changing society needs creative and inspiring teachers to guide and nurture the new generation of children,” said Ms McKay.

“We educate teachers how to foster a child with an ability to think clearly, feel compassionately, and act purposefully and responsibly and instil in them a love of learning.”

The college teaches an “active and arts-based approach to learning” and teachers learn how to design learning programmes using “imagination and creativity, movement, music, drawing, painting, clay, drama, poetry and a wide range of crafts”, along with “human and social values”.

Students study towards national qualifications that enable them to become teachers in both public and independent schools across various grades.

The cut-off for applications for next year is January 27 and the new term starts on February 6.

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