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Now is a time of increasing practical and financial challenges for London schools.

So how can teachers, leaders and the cultural sector continue to provide a balanced, broad and diverse education rich in arts and culture, for children and young people in London?

Join us along with compere for the day, leading storyteller Jan Blake, and keynote speaker Ross McGill - founder of Teacher Toolkit, one of the most popular education websites in the U.K - to find out more...

Why come?

  • Are you passionate about the role arts and culture play in education? Help us share and celebrate the amazing creative work that teachers across London are doing
  • Equip yourself with tools, information and approaches to enable you to keep creativity at the heart of your work, your school, and your students’ lives
  • Enjoy a range of speakers, keynotes, workshops and a Question Time-style panel discussion where you ask the questions

Choose from a range of practical workshops, including:

Arts, Creativity and Narrowing the Gap

Holly Donagh, Director of Partnerships, and Annie Thorpe, Information Manager, A New Direction

Drawing on recent reports, this session will provide a short overview of what current research is telling us about children and young people’s cultural engagement, and the themes and concerns that are driving government policy in this area - including health and well-being, the new industrial strategy and ensuring access to cultural learning in schools. Focusing in on Pupil Premium, it will then explore a range of models for how schools can align their narrowing the gap strategy with ensuring an enriching cultural education for all students and provide tips and advice for how the impact of this activity can be tracked, evidenced and communicated.

Risk, Resilience, Reward: Harnessing the Power of Making Mistakes

Greg Klerkx, Director, Nimble Fish

The arts are uniquely powerful in teaching the value of taking risks, making mistakes, and learning something new and unexpected. This session, co-designed and co-led by teachers, will talk about ways to be more comfortable ‘getting it wrong’ and how to better use missteps, dead ends and outright mistakes to build confidence, resilience and cross-subject learning capability in students

Small Change: Pragmatic Approaches to Taking Action

Dr Dawn Langley

  • Do you want to help change happen in your school but feel that you can only have limited impact on your own?
  • Do you feel like you are running flat out just to stand still?
  • Does the thought of more change feel overwhelming?

We are all learning to work in a world that is full on and while this is opening up some amazing opportunities it can also leave us feeling a bit overawed and uncertain. The Small Change® approach has been developed to help you take action. Small Change is based on a pragmatic approach to change. Instead of focussing on big goals that can feel daunting, it encourages you to think about the small things you can do right now at no or low cost to improve the way you work. As one Small Change participant said, ‘it gives you permission to succeed!’

The approach is based on a simple principle - ‘small changes can have a big impact.’ After looking at some successful Small Change examples we’ll work together to find some small changes that can help you in your work.

“How did we get here?” - Arts-rich teaching and learning in London schools

Dr David Parker

Over the summer term of 2017, AND commissioned qualitative research, the focus of which was to understand better how a small group of schools came to develop their high-quality arts offers, and what approaches they take to maintaining that commitment.

The aim was to articulate a more systemic account of developmental practice in such schools, to understand the developmental journeys and their milestones better, as well as celebrate the often very exciting outcomes.

This session will present some initial themes and categories drawn from interviews and visits across seven London schools (primary, secondary and SEND). Together we will further reflect, critically evaluate and refine this early learning, and use this as a starting point to share and develop participants’ own practice. Areas of focus will include building connections to arts organisations, gaining and/or maintaining buy in from SLT, opportunities for sharing pupils' work, creative uses of space and materials and ongoing CPD for staff.

Differentiating Learning: Creativity, Technology and Multi-Sensory Approaches

AND’s Special School Network will share their expertise in differentiating learning for students. Using creativity, technology and multi-sensory approaches they will show you how to bring a space, a subject or a story to life.


We will also be launching our latest learning guide for Art on the Underground - exploring a new commission by the artists Broomberg and Chanarin, with a chance to hear from one of the artists, and curator Kiera Blakey.

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