The Games Unplugged INSET Programme was produced by A New Direction in partnership with Nimble Fish, Fundamental Architectural Inclusion and Graeae Theatre Company. These INSETs encouraged teachers and students to explore the 2012 Games in new ways, drawing on a variety of curriculum areas and creative forms.


The aim of the INSET programme was to provide techniques and tools that will encourage staff and students to explore the ideas, issues and impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It offered a fresh perspective on the 2012 Games and how they can be used to support the curriculum, key skills and other learning opportunities. It explored how the legacy of the Games can be used in the classroom beyond London 2012.


The free INSET sessions took place daily over three weeks. All sessions took place in school and were led by an experienced creative practitioner. Each offer consisted of two linked sessions:

A 100-120 minute session for up to 30 students (e.g., two 50 minute class sessions, a single 100 minute session or a bespoke 2-hour block).

  • A two-hour staff INSET (min 6 participants, max 20) exploring and building on the skills and ideas developed in the student session, equipping staff to run similar student workshops themselves.
  • All sessions included an accompanying 'toolkit' that offered ideas, activities and exercises for use during and beyond the 2012 Games.


Teachers and lecturers can use simple objects and ideas as a starting point for ideas, discussion and debate in a classroom situation or as a creative planning tool.