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Textiles GCSE Art & Design Workshop (Kent)

Textiles Skills Academy

Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

Textiles GCSE Art & Design Workshop (Kent)

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HALF TERM EVENT - So no need for cover!!

Textiles GCSE Art & Design:  Reacquaint/Start-up Workshops

'Exploring Innovative Textile Artists and Drawing in Textiles’

Blue textiles collage by Nicky Simpson 

New to Textiles? Thinking of starting an Art & Design GCSE/A Level course? Or just want to improve exam results? ....  This is the course for you!

The course is aimed at teachers who are new to teaching GCSE/A Level Product/Art & Design Textiles as well as those who feel they would benefit from time to develop the schemes of work they already have in place and work towards enhancing exam results.

Artist inspiration boards by Nicky Simpson Textile artists mixed media boards

Exemplar work, as seen on Pearson/Edexcel web site, will be available for you to look at and photograph.

What to expect on the day:

Session A: Drawing and mark making to support the development process


  • Looking at innovative ways in which students can explore, investigate and express ideas through drawing and mark making from primary sources.
  • Expelling the myths: i.e. ‘ I can’t draw’
  • Ideas for themes and schemes of work.


Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications: ‘students will be able to develop a range of drawing techniques and processes in order to communicate developing ideas clearly whilst exploring ideas visually, through the act of mark-making…..observations experimenting with various tools, materials and techniques’.


 Hillview school student work


Session B:  Drawing inspiration from contextual research to practical outcomes

  • Exploring new innovative artists, designers and craftspeople.
  • How to link these artists and designers to creative practical workshops.
  • Looking at techniques and processes across all areas of study, including printed and constructed textiles.

Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications: ‘students will be able to contextualise their research and ideas, drawing inspiration from artists and designers. Students will also evaluate the art, craft and design they study, and develop an appreciation of the impact it has on their own work and that of others.’


Textile Techniques student samplers



Benefits of the Training: 

  • Support and ideas for great lessons, schemes of work and improved exam performance.
  • Classroom strategies and textile industry knowledge to underpin practical work. 
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • Life long learning in continuing professional development. 
  • 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 for the subject in your school with confidence. 
  • Establish and promote a vital position in the school for the subject, (fashion shows, competitions, charity events, assemblies and whole school events)


2016 GCSE Grades: 52% of students achieved A-A*
2015 & 2016 A Level Grades 100% A*

2015 GCSE Moderators comments:

“In Textiles, the standard of the work was outstanding…The course structure was strong. Finished pieces were often exciting and innovative. The individuality of the candidates was clearly seen in the diversity of colours, styles and techniques carefully annotated in work books and then displayed in the final outcomes.”
“The course gave candidates a very strong framework on which to build a response to the theme. Ideas were developed showing depth and thought so that the work of the highest achieving candidates was original, creative and in-depth.”


TIMES:  9:30 - 3:30

All delegates will receive access to a digital delegate folder with all the presentations, useful handouts and resources. 


Nicky Simpson - Profile Photo 


   Nicky Simpson 
   BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.



Nicky has had 22 years’ experience in the fashion industry in London working as a print designer and colourist for a French mill in Lyon. She has designed for stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.

For the past 10 years Nicky has been in teaching and is now Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls in Kent. Her ‘A’ Levels grades for the past 2 years have been 100% A*. The GCSE moderators comment quoted ‘the standard of the work was outstanding’. 
Nicky has delivered tutorials at the Knitting and Stitching show on behalf of the Textile Institute as well as mentored several graduate trainees. Nicky leads a thriving department, full of innovation and creativity.
Each year she runs a catwalk show as well as pop up shops in the local community and her students have won in every category in Young Fashion Designer for the past 7 years and in 2016 won A2 Young Designer of the Year South East.



'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!'

'An inspiring day with lots of practical activities to take away with me.'

'A very enjoyable day - lots of inspiration for GCSE surface decoration .....'

'Great Stuff. Good to network. Worthwhile'




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 full VAT 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. 

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 Textiles GCSE Art & Design Workshop (Kent)? Contact Textiles Skills Academy

When & Where

Hillview School For Girls
Royal Rise
TN9 2HE Tonbridge
United Kingdom

Thursday, 27 October 2016 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 is now headed up by Dawn together with D&T Textiles Consultant Heidi Ambrose-Brown.


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 is a co-founder of the online ethical department store, where she manages design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand, working with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt and sourcing ethical and British made products and brands.


Heidi Ambrose-Brown worked in the textiles and fashion retail industry before training as a D&T teacher.  She has taught across all specialisms at KS3 and Textiles at KS4 & 5, including BTEC Art & Design: Textiles, and also on Embroidery City & Guilds courses. 

For the past 10 years, Heidi has worked as an independent D&T Textiles consultant running courses for teachers predominantly in the areas of CAD/CAM and e-textiles as well as an examiner for AQA.  She has worked closely with education suppliers to develop their equipment ranges and resources and also writes and delivers for the Design & Technology Association. 


Education experts working with Textiles Skills Academy include:
Louise Davies, Julie Boyd, Nicky Simpson, Julie Messenger, Kate Hufton and Tracey Goodyere. 


Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall

Dawn Foxall Founder Textiles Teachers Skills Academy

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