Creativity & Innovation (PDF)

Looking at something in a new way, bringing new perspective, whether with structured or unstructured processes. The creativity, development, creation of new ideas, testing, refinement and evaluation happens so that improvement can happen.  

Open to other perspectives, with capacity to contribute and work within an environment of originality.  Operating in a space of continuous learning, constantly striving for success.


Know how to use previous knowledge and experience and learning from success failure and alternate perspectives.

Understand the difference between creation and duplication allowing for originality and development

Understand that to create a change or innovate there is a need to know what steps and supports are necessary

Understand that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes

Know of appropriate digital methods, tools and techniques of transferring knowledge to young people

Know where to look for inspiration, support and expertise for developing ideas

Identify tools for (digital) creativity (including free and open source tools)


Can express oneself through the creation of simple digital mediums

Can think creatively using a wide range of idea creation techniques e.g. ‘thinking outside the box’

Create new and worthwhile ideas that are original, valid and have potential positive impact

Analyse, elaborate, refine, and evaluate  ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts

Implement innovations by acting on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution

Use technology to develop ideas, demonstrating creative / digital expertise to contribute to a project

Choose appropriate and meaningful methods to assess young people’s learning needs and objectives

Design; by planning, delivering and evaluating youth led, needs based programmes


Responsive to new and diverse perspectives when working creatively with others.

Maintain an open mind and curiosity in using new technologies and communication tools

Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas

View failure as an opportunity to learn;

Have a positive attitude to risk / ambitious and driven to create a change

Mindful of any external factors that affect innovation

Attentive to meeting needs of young people / supporting their progression



Display satisfaction and empowerment from working creatively.

Naturally self-motivated and self-directed to contribute to innovative work

Respectful to others views and expertise by acknowledging the experiences of others

Demonstrate leadership and courage when required and is willing to be a “first mover”

Tackle factors supporting & blocking creativity

Improvise & experiment using technology and digital tools

Manage imperfections, failures, and mistakes