Our Head of Creative Chris Davey and his team have been heavily involved in Daydream Believers from its inception. Whitespace are the founding creative partners for this wonderful initiative and over the years have helped define, mould and launch the future of creative education in Scotland and beyond.

Back in 2017 a few passionate people sat around a table at a D&AD event hosted in Whitespace. We talked about the future of education and how schools and teachers were struggling to make Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving part of the school’s curriculum. We were all frustrated that education was failing, falling back on pre-described notions of creativity being something that can be measured and graded, which in turn lead to generic lessons that gave children tasks to do instead of open-ended briefs or problems to overcome. In essence, they were being taught to be less creative.  

A creative call to arms was cried out and a dream of a new lesson was born. We wanted it to be a lesson that was standalone, much like art, drama, maths or history is now. But a lesson that taught the 3 critical skills mentioned above, all of which can be applied theoretically and practically across other lessons also. Much like PE, where children get to stretch their physical capabilities, we needed one that allowed them to stretch their mental and creative capabilities. A kind of “PE for the brain”.  

Teachers and creatives working in Whitespace's offices on the Day Dream Believers programme.

Fast forward over 3 years and this new qualification has become a reality.  

Daydream Believers was born out of a series of workshops, pilots, trial and error, hard work as well as a lot of highs and lows. A completely voluntary team of students, teachers, education experts and business professionals drawn together by a common goal and a huge care for the future of our children. They all understood the incredible power of creativity and the impact it can have on the next generation that are spurred on to make the world a better place.  

Students of the Day Dream Believers programme at Whitespace.

Daydream Believers centres around an online resource of lessons created by employers, colleges and universities. These lessons are made in a way so that teachers can easily use these resources within the new Creative Thinking qualification. There are lessons from Lego, D&AD, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College, Skyscanner and other inspiring business and more partners are being brought on all the time to grow and update lessons, keeping them relevant and inspiring.   

The Day Dream Believers website.

The Creative Thinking qualification is offered to senior school pupils at Levels 5 and 6. They undertake a total of 240hrs of learning over the course of the qualification. Unlike other qualifications where pupils are scored on the final outcome or work produce, instead they are scored on the process and the journey they undertake. Pupils are encouraged to think differently, break the rules, fail, collaborate and come up with different and innovative solutions and ideas. This is creative thinking across the curriculum. This is PE for the brain.  

A person drawing a mind map.

The Creative Thinking qualification is a ground-breaking moment. It is a revolutionary way to resource, assess and contextualise creative thinking. There has been a lot of interest from schools and teachers to pilot the new qualification in 2021 and the feedback so far from teachers has been nothing short of incredible. 

A group of students from the Day Dream Believers programme.

We believe the future is bright for the next generation of young people in Scotland. By allowing them to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and creative skills we can encourage more personalised learning, collaboration, interpersonal skills and empathy that they can transfer and apply to any carer or situation they face in the real world and beyond.  

None of this would have happened without the ideas and support of all the amazing volunteer students, teachers, partners, businesses and educators that believed in us.  

Here’s to the believers! 

Learn more at daydreambelievers.co.uk