Published 10 March 2022

Inspired learning aimed at improving pupils’ health and wellbeing is being piloted in three Clydebank primary schools.

The pilot in Our Holy Redeemer, Linnvale and Whitecrook Primaries is funded through Education Scotland and Creative Scotland and will support the delivery of 'Making Space' Creative Learning project.

The project will encourage pupils to express themselves through a mix of creative indoor and outdoor learning which aims to support young people who have or are experiencing difficult transitions or changes in their life.  

Children can participate in yoga, crafting and outdoor learning, helping the pupils to explore feelings and to learn coping strategies through art-making. A digital teaching resource will also be developed through the pilot and shared with the schools in the pilot.

Karen Conaghan, Convenor of Educational Services, said: “This inspired way of learning will provide young people with the support they need to explore new creative ways to engage in classes and help pupils achieve their potential. This funding of £7,000 will help pupils have a positive impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence and help to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “Engaging pupils in learning outwith the traditional methods will help to make it fun and encourage pupils to share their thoughts and explore their feelings.  I am pleased that pupils’ mental health and wellbeing will be improved through this creative arts pilot giving pupils the chance to express themselves and their experiences openly.