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Building Future Skills - Creativity and Playful Learning in the classroom

LEGO® Education has completed a pilot study on the impact of LEGO Education Innovation Studios in the UK. The study suggests teacher welcome more hands-on, playful approaches to learning.

The study included an online survey of 105 teachers, headteachers and heads of departments and 21 in depth interviews of LEGO Education Innovation Studio schools. It was designed to explore teacher attitudes into teaching and learning in the UK and to measure the impact of the studio approach, since its launch about 5 years ago.

As the role of teachers is undergoing a fundamental shift in response to a more global, complex and competitive workplace, the study clearly showed that teaching has become more than just imparting knowledge. Teachers acknowledge that a broader range of skills is needed if today’s students are to succeed, and that a hands-on, more engaging approach better prepares them for the future.

And as teachers struggle to engage students distracted by social media, games and other technology, LEGO Education believes that much more can and should be done to make these subjects relevant and engaging. This matters as a looming skills shortage in STEM subjects will harm the UK’s competitiveness and productivity unless it is addressed.

  Building Future Skills Report

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The pilot study called ‘Building the Future: Creativity and Playful Learning in the classroom’ offers five key recommendations:

1. Enable teachers to lead and facilitate more progressive approaches to STEM lessons to allow for more playful, creative and hands-on learning.

2. Embed opportunities for hands-on learning throughout the curriculum to ensure that students of all abilities have the chance to learn by doing.

3. Creativity should not be regarded as a ‘nice to have’ and restricted to arts subjects, but as fundamental to successful teaching and learning in STEM and other subjects.

4. Ensure that non subject-specific skills for the future such as communication, problem solving and critical thinking are integrated throughout the curriculum.

5. Creative approaches towards teaching and learning should be given more credit than they are given now when inspecting and evaluating school performance.

By sharing these findings we hope to inspire and engage others to rally behind educators to transform learning so that it becomes a more relevant, engaging and successful experience for every student as we prepare them for their future.

What teachers say about Innovation Studios

“The students get totally committed, they are engaged within lessons, the pace of lessons can be set to match their abilities…. It is just a natural progression of changing the attitude for Design and Technology.”

Greg Armstrong
Head of Design & Technology
Henley-in-Arden School


“The LEGO Education Innovation Studio has generated tremendous enthusiasm for the teaching of STEM subjects at Ridgewood Specialist Engineering School in Doncaster. The educational material supplied by LEGO® has proved to be the work of real experts. I am blown away by how good the LEGO Education Innovation Studiohas proved to be. I have a department, in which both staff and students are buzzing with excitement… and I like it.”

Neil Wooliscroft
Director of Engineering
Ridgewood Specialist Engineering School

For further information on how a LEGO® Education Innovation Studio can support your teaching, contact us on 0800 334 5346 or email

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