The 1999 report All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education placed creativity at the heart of both the education system and a healthy and prosperous society. The call for a renewed place for creativity was not restricted to the teaching of arts subjects, but extended to technology, science and mathematics, with the need for ‘possibility thinking’ seen as a prerequisite for all forms of thought that depend on analogy:
More opportunities should be given to young people to sense and define problems for themselves, as well as identifying solutions to given problems. More opportunities should be given to the generation of ideas; looking at the world in different ways and playing with different possibilities and alternative solutions. Familiarity with a wide range of problem-solving activities can lead to greater competence in seeing underlying patterns and analogies.