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Monday, 23 October 2017 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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HALF TERM EVENT - (So no need for cover!!)

Textiles GCSE/A Level Art & Design:
Advanced practical techniques and skills workshop linked to
contextual research and schemes of work. 

This course is aimed at textiles and art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level Art & Design or those who want to develop exciting new ideas for schemes of work and improve exam results.

  • Learn and practice new and exciting skills that will enhance your teaching
  • Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and ethusiastic learners at KS4/5.
  • Promote, gain recognition and improve the uptake of your subject and establish a presence in the school and the community.
  • See Hillview School exemplar work, as used by Pearson/Edexcel on their web site.

 Previous attendees will get the opportunity to learn and practice more advanced and new skills and further develop fresh, innovative ideas for schemes of work.   

 Hill view School Exemplar work

What to expect on the day:

Morning Session:  Developing skills and techniques

  • Innovative ways in which students can explore, investigate and express ideas through drawing and mark making from primary sources, expelling the myths of 'I can't draw'.
  • Ideas for themes and schemes of work.
  • Techniques and processes across all areas of study incl. constructed, printed, digital and fashion.
  • Innovative use of the heatpress.
  • Advancing contextual ideas using a variety of techniques incl. freehand machine embroidery and sublimation printing.

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’.

Afternoon Session: Developing mark making and primary research into refined ideas for practical outcomes linked to a variety of artists and designers.

Further practical workshops:

  • Exploring new innovative artists, designers and craftspeople.
  • How to relate these artists and designers to creative practical workshops and outcomes.
  • Taking mark making through the creative process to an outcome.

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.’ 

Hill view School Textiles


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*
2017 - (expected) A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A*

Moderators comments:

“Textiles candidates personal portfolios were brimming with ideas, experiments and references to textile and fashion designers as well as fine artists. Overall the submission was expceptional in the engagment and industry and imaginative use of materials'. 2016

'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.” 2015

TIMES:  9:30 - 15:30

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 12 years Nicky has been in teaching and now Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls in Kent. Her ‘A’ Level 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.



'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!'


(No increase in 2016/17 prices and 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 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/A Level Art & Design Workshop (South East)? Contact Textiles Skills Academy

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

Monday, 23 October 2017 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 and brands. 

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

Industry partners include:
Fashion Enter Ltd. (London); Textiles Centre of Excellence (Huddersfiled); David Neiper Ltd. (Derbyshire)

Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall

Dawn Foxall Founder Textiles Teachers Skills Academy

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