FOR ORGANISATIONS - Keeping Creative Conference: cultural learning in times of… - 10 October 2017

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

Panel Discussion: How Can We Protect Creativity, Arts and Culture in School? Are Accountability Frameworks Killing Cultural Education?

Chaired by Cath Murray, Features Editor and Head of Digital, Schools Week.
Panellists include:

  • Mike Sheridan, Regional Director, London, Ofsted
  • GLA and DfE invited

Choose from a range of practical workshops, including:

Arts, Creativity and Narrowing the Gap

Holly Donagh and Annie Thorpe from A New Direction and co-delivered with Katy Brown, Head of Performing Arts at Hampstead School and Tim Devenish, Subject Lead for Art at St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Drawing on recent reports, this session will provide a short overview of what the 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 and co-delivered with Alison Taylor, UKS2 Phase Leader and Music and Drama Coordinator at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School and Becca Hodgson, Art subject Leader at Ashmount Primary School

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. Session co-leaders Ally and Becca are also alumni of AND’s Cultural Leadership Community programme.

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 and co-delivered with Yolanda Guns, Arts Coordinator at Chingford Academies Trust, Debby Rigby, Headteacher at Salusbury Primary School, Kerri Sellens, Visual Arts Teacher at Lansbury Lawrence Primary School, Shermaine Slocombe, Arts College Manager at Corelli College, Ben Jones, LKS2 Phase Leader at Mayflower Primary School and Rebecca Davies, Art Leader at Invicta Primary School

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. 

Play and Process: Navigating learning barriers through creative approaches

Delivered by Paul Morrow, Lead Practitioner of the Creative Arts at Westminster Special Schools, Chris Mackin, Music and Performing Arts Coordinator at Ickburgh School, Thomas Underwood, Drama Teacher at Garratt Park School, Jonathan Cassels, Art Teacher at Jack Tizard School, and Lynne Brackley, Artsmark Officer at A New Direction

Co-designed and co-led by members of AND’s SEND network, and designed for all settings, this session will explore barriers to learning and strategies to navigate them. Drawing from their expertise in engaging learners with a diverse range of needs, the teachers will introduce creative activities and explore: differentiating learning, creating multiple entry points, multi-sensory activity, problem solving and the value of process and play to all pupils, irrespective of their level of ability or the setting in which they are taught.

The SEND network champions the creativity of London’s Special Schools and this is an opportunity to gain insight into SEND practice and pedagogy that is transferable to all education settings.

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.

Event Details


96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB


10 October 2017


9:30AM 4:30PM



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