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Creating Garment Blocks for Fashion Outcomes: A04 Present (Nottingham)

Textiles Skills Academy

Saturday, 19 June 2021 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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Creating Garment Blocks for Fashion Outcomes: AO4 Present

DATE:    Saturday 27th July TBC  
Venue:   Nottingham Emmanuel School, Gresham Park Road, West Bridgford NG2 7YF
TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30

This is a full day practical skills course, developing your own set of Fashion Blocks that can be easily assembled by students of GCSE & A Level. This new course has been developed and is lead by Nicky Simpson specifically for teachers of GCSE & A Level Textiles for both Art & Design and D&T.

This course is aimed at Textile and Art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level or those who want to add to their resources by spending a whole day creating fashion blocks. We will also be looking at techniques and how they can be used in these fashion outcomes. These outcomes will be related back to themes, artists and refined techniques. We will also have plenty of exemplars!

  • Understanding AO4 Present, so that students can create a ‘personal and meaningful response that realises intentions’
  • Learn and practice exciting practical skills that will enhance your teaching
  • Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.

What to expect on the day:

  • Practice constructed techniques and how they can be used in a fashion outcome
  • Produce student friendly blocks for a raglan sleeve jacket, a skirt, a shift dress or jacket, trousers or shorts, a corset, and all in one top (limited seams) and a sleeve
  • How students can illustrate their final design and transfer and connect their theme, primary, artists and refined techniques to the final outcome
  • Working 3 dimensionally, use of a mannequin
  • How to create confident students who can work independently and unaided for the 10-hour sustained focus under examination conditions
  • We will be looking at outcomes that include the following areas of study: Constructed textiles, Digital textiles, Dyed fabrics, Printed fabrics, Fashion design, Stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • Understand how to develop knowledge of 3D outcomes from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.


 What you take back to school:

  • Fashion blocks to use in class.
  • Great, achievable ideas to enhance your teaching.
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.
  • Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.
  • Plan the future with confidence.
  • Continued professional development.

YOUR PRESENTER:    Nicky Simpson  PGCE; BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles

Nicky has been a Textile and Fashion consultant for the Textile Skills Academy for 5? years now, she also works as a contemporary textile artist, her artwork combines all things textural, she likes to craft with a heat press featuring both machine and hand embroidery, delivering tutorials in her small studio. Nicky’s initial career was in the fashion industry working for 22 years in the heart of London as a print designer and colourist. She worked for a French mill based in Lyon and went on to create seasonal fashion print collections, buying and redesigning archive prints. Nicky designed for all the high street stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.

Nicky’s second career was in teaching as Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls in Kent. She has taught Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, AQA Design and Technology/Textiles at A Level and GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Fashion. Her last set of grades were:  A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B).


Nicky has mentored many graduate trainees, taken workshops at the Knitting & Stitching show, volunteers as an art therapist and now presents the workshops to fellow Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Academy.



  • 'Having been to one of Nicky's workshops, I used one of her lessons and received an 'Outstanding' observation.' Amy H.

  • 'Superb day - so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!' Jessie L.

  • 'Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.' Rebecca F.

  • 'Fabulous presenter. Gave loads + loads of information and ideas. I feel really inspired! Loved the practical samples we did. Would highly recommend!' Wendy P.

  • 'A great course with lots of hands-on sampling. Great idea to hold it in a school which is much more realistic than an outside venue, gives ideas on taking creative inspiration back to the classroom'.

  • 'Fantastic day, really useful and applicable to both Art and D&T subjects. Thanks!'

(Previous attendee loyalty concession available (please email for details)


All of the Textile Skills Academy events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textiles Skills Academy uses Eventbrite to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a tax invoice/receipt. 

PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on. 

SKETCHBOOK: At booking you are also given the opportunity to purchase a sketchbook to start filling on the day. The sketchbook is 12"x12", black, ring bound and with ribbon ties to keep all those samples in. The price is £6 and can also be bought on the day, or you can bring your own.

If you have any queries, please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily.

Do you have questions about Creating Garment Blocks for Fashion Outcomes: A04 Present (Nottingham)? Contact Textiles Skills Academy

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The Nottingham Emmanuel School
Gresham Park Rd
West Bridgford
NG2 7YF Nottingham
United Kingdom

Saturday, 19 June 2021 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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Textiles Skills Academy

The Textiles Skills Academy brings together experienced education presenters and industry experts to deliver relevant seminars and practical workshops for Art and D&T textile teachers, to support their delivery of the curriculum.

The events are delivered by skilled teachers, trainers and industry practitioners to give an opportunity to develop classroom resources, learn new skills and network with fellow teachers.

Founded by Dawn Foxall in February 2015, the Textiles Skills Academy runs events, factory visits and practical workshops throughout the year.

Dawn Foxall has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry as design consultant; presenter and resources developer for Schools for EMTEX; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; course presenter for The Design and Technology Association, Key Stage Developments (KSD), SFE and other course providers.

Dawn was a co-founder of an online ethical department store, where she managed design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand. In 2017 she launched her own brand, Foxology, producing ethical and British made knitwear and is currently Senior Pattern Tutor at Fashion Enter Ltd for the Fashion Technology Academy. She continues to work with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt, sourcing ethical and British made products for international brands such as Lush soap. 

Education experts working with Textiles Skills Academy include:
Louise Davies, Heidi Ambrose-Brown, Julie Boyd, Nicky Simpson and Julie Messenger.

Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall

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