SCHOOL FOR CHANGE: The Future of the Arts in Schools
Thursday 22nd of November 2012
Highbury Grove School
8 Highbury Grove
School for Change is an important and timely public debate exploring the latest changes in policy affecting Art and Design education in schools.
The event will be intimate and focused, and provide a forum for discussion amongst professionals from across London. An expert panel will present ‘case studies’, exploring what we can do now: how can individual teachers can make the case for continued support within their school? how can we act collectively to influence policy? and what resources or partnerships could we build for the future. Alongside an in-depth presentation from Henry Ward about his journey of change from arriving as a new art teacher at The Welling School, to becoming deputy head, and supporting the transformation of the school into a place where contemporary arts are at the heart of learning.
The presentations will be followed by a public debate, to which teachers, artists, and anyone interested in the future of arts education is invited to contribute.
Bob and Roberta Smith
Artist and Founder of the Art Party
Bob and Roberta Smith is an artist who has become renowned for his hand-painted signs and slogans. A long-time supporter of the arts within education, Bob and Roberta has recently advocated for the arts in schools through his now famous 'A Letter to Mr Gove'. He will be talking about his new 'Art Party', a forum for explaining to politicians contemplating cutting the arts why they should think again.
General Secretary: NSEAD
The National Society for Education in Art and Design the leading national authority concerned with art, craft and design across all phases of education in the United Kingdom. An independent professional body, and trade union, the NSEAD are uniquely placed to advocate on behalf of the teaching profession across the UK.
Deputy Head: The Welling School
Since his arrival at The Welling School as a new art teacher, Henry Ward has worked with staff and pupils to transform the school into a unique environment for teaching and learning through the arts. Now the school has a contemporary art gallery on site, runs an annual student-led Alturnertive Prize, publishes a visual arts newspaper, and works with the local community: http://www.wellingvisualarts.org/
Cultural Learning Alliance
The Cultural Learning Alliance is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture. Working at several levels the CLA is a growing voice making the case for continued investment in and support of learning through and within the arts. Elizabeth Crump is also a consultant and adviser who works right across the arts and cultural sector, having worked for the Arts Council England, the Innovation Unit, and various cultural and charitable organisations.
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