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Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize

The Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize is named for Anna Craft (1961-2014) who championed the role of creativity in education

The Anna Craft Creativities in Education Prize is named for Anna Craft (1961-2014) who championed the role of creativity in education. She coined the term “possibility thinking” to describe the move from what is to what might be in a problem-solving, route-finding approach to creativity – an inescapable requirement in today’s fast-changing world.

The SIG Convenors award the prize annually.

2023 Winner

Creative encounters: rethinking creativity in early childhood education through a feminist materialist lens

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Zoe Lewis, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University

Dr. Zoe Lewis is a senior lecturer in early years at Birmingham City University. Zoe became a teacher and leader in early years settings after spending over 25 years volunteering as a group leader and outdoor activities adviser with the charity...

2022 Winner

Children’s Learning and Literacy: The Importance of Creativity in the Primary Classroom

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Charlotte Hacking, Miss

Primary Advisory Teacher at Centre For Literacy in Primary Education

Charlotte Hacking is the Learning and Programme Director at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). Her special interests lie in Early Years, early reading development, the development of writing and the use of picturebooks and...

2020 Winners

’What does gallery mean?’ to ‘Art galleries, I love them!’: Children’s views of ‘culture’ introduced to their primary curriculum

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Jane Murray, Professor

Professor of Education at University of Northampton

Jane Murray is Professor of Education at University of Northampton where she co-leads the Centre for Education and Research, has led QTS and other Education programmes and supervises PhD candidates in the field of Education. Previously a primary...

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Caroline Smith

Programmer for Schools and Teachers at The National Gallery

Caroline Smith studied at the University of London, ultimately specialising in the art of the early Italian Renaissance. Following a successful career as a classroom teacher in inner-city schools, Caroline began working in museum and gallery...

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Kate Noble, Dr

Senior Research Associate: Museum Learning at Fitzwilliam Museum

Kate is strategic lead for research relating to learning practice at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She worked as a primary and early childhood teacher before moving into museum education, and now leads a training programme encouraging creative teaching...

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Catherine Spankie

Programme Officer at The National Gallery

Catherine runs the National Gallery’s Take One Picture programme, including an annual series of CPD sessions for teachers and exhibition of children’s projects. Take One Picture is the Gallery’s national programme for primary schools, which...

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Darren Smith

Head Teacher at Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Darren Smith is an experienced Head Teacher at Headlands Primary School, Northampton. He has a passion for the Arts and a burning desire for children to experience and be inspired by all Art forms. The Arts are central to the curriculum at...

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Anna Carter

Lead on Professional Learning and Curriculum at Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Anna started her career in Education as a Primary School teacher, moving on to become Drama Adviser for Northamptonshire County Council, followed by a long stint as a Drama and English consultant. She has worked at the Trust for the past three...

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David Meechan, Mr

Lecturer in Education at University of Wolverhampton

David is a Lecturer in Education focusing on Early Childhood at the University of Northampton. Prior to this role David was a Research Assistant at the University of Wolverhampton and has experience of working with several NGOs and as a primary...

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Rebecca Aberton, Ms

Associate Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at University of Northampton

Dr Rebecca Aberton has taught in primary schools in the UK and Australia and earned her doctorate at the University of Birmingham in 2019. Her specialist subject areas are education policy and research methodologies in education. Rebecca’s...

2020 Special Commendation

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Angelo Benozzo

Lecturer at University of Valle d’Aosta

Angelo is an undisciplined researcher in work and organizational psychology, he also lectures qualitative research methods. His research can be described as lying at the crossroads between organizational psychology, critical management studies,...

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Neil Carey

Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University

Neil is Principal Lecturer in Internationalism. His research focusses on creative and arts-based methods in social science research. His PhD, a que(e)rying quest for intersectionality, explored how creative fiction and autoethnography might...

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Constanse Elmenhorst, Mrs

Independent scholar

My Rosen therapist says I show her pictures of myself as a horse. A horse who will/can be free, but whom again and again is tied up/in/around discourses. Personally, I often see myself as a rabbit. I am jumping from one place to another; curious...

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Nikki Fairchild, Dr

Associate Professor in Creative Methodologies and Education at University of Portsmouth

Nikki Fairchild is an Associate Professor in Creative Methodologies and Education in the School of Education' Languages and Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth. Her teaching and research explore professionalism, leadership, pedagogy and...

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Mirka Koro

Professor of Qualitative Research at Arizona State University

Mirka is a Professor of qualitative research. Her scholarship operates in the intersection of methodology, philosophy, and socio-cultural critique and her work aims to contribute to methodological knowledge, experimentation, and theoretical...

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Carol Taylor, Professor

Professor of Higher Education and Gender at University of Bath

Carol is Professor of Higher Education and Gender. Her research utilizes feminist, new materialist and posthumanist theories and methodologies to explore gendered inequalities, spatial practices, and staff and students’ participation in a range...

2019 Winner

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Lars Geer Hammershøj, Dr

Associate Professor at Aarhus University

Lars Geer Hammershøj is PhD and Associate Professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. He has published books and articles about the creativity in education, the Bildung processes in the educational system, creativity and...

2018 Winner

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Tracy Ann Hayes, Dr

Senior Lecturer & PGR coordinator at Plymouth Marjon University

Dr Tracy Ann Hayes is Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead for Youth and Community Work and Post Graduate Research Co-ordinator in the School of Education at Plymouth Marjon University. A qualified youth worker and community development professional,...

2017 Winner

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Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Associate Professor at University of Warwick

Jo Trowsdale is an Honorary Assocaite Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwock. She has extensive policy and practice experience as a former regional director of a systematic government initiative to enhance the role of the place of...

2016 Winner

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Kirsty Devaney, Dr

Music and Music Education Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton

Kirsty Devaney is a Birmingham based composer, researcher and educator with a passionate for promoting creative music making as something we all have the capacity to do. Her music has been performed by professional contemporary music ensembles,...