However, the age of introducing design related subjects the UK school system is at year 8 (age 12). And I think there are ways for school to help children explore their creativeness. Most high school introduces DT (Design and Technology) at year 8 (age12). The reason why DT could not introduce at the same time as art is because high level of skills and basic knowledge is required plus safety reasons in workshop.
School should try to introduce lessons similar to DT at the start of primary school (age6+). But instead of complex design and workshop lessons, include teams building activities like the marshmallow challenge allow them to work together share their ideas and build their confidence at the same time. The lesson does not have to be in the same year groups, a mix year group allow lower year gaining support from upper year and upper year will build confidence not only in design but planning, organizing and leadership in front of large groups.
Simple challenge you can try at home
The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti,one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.
Take the Marshmallow challenge for example most people will plan at first, and then put the marshmallow on top of the structure at the end.However, because of the weight of the marshmallow the structures are more likely the fall. The best way to tackle this challenge is by treating it as a prototype at the start. Keep putting the marshmallow at top of the structure after each improvement. A way teaches children to understand that failure is the base of success!