Culture Bank

A free teacher training programme available to all teaching staff in Islington.

The programme is:

  • Culture Bank CPD- A free programme of cross-curricular training sessions and resources for all Islington teaching staff.
  • Cultural Lead Teachers - Each school nominates a Cultural Lead Teacher to oversee the 11 by 11 initiative and cultural activities taking place in their school.

The role of Cultural Leads as part of 11 by 11 is to:

  • Act as first point of contact for Islington Council’s Cultural Enrichment Team
  • Have oversight of 11 by 11 and in particular, identify the gaps in provision and groups of students who are missing out on cultural experiences
  • Become part of the Cultural Lead network of teachers, having opportunities to explore Islington’s rich cultural infrastructure and steer and shape the 11 by 11 offer with Islington Council and 11 by 11 cultural organisations
  • Complete an annual survey to report on students’ engagement in cultural activities
  • Advocate for cultural activities and distribute 11 by 11 information, activities, CPD opportunities and resources to staff in their school.

Contact the Cultural Enrichment Team for more information or to discuss the needs of your school.

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11 by 11 receives investment through Challenge London, A New Direction’s four-year partnership investment programme supporting cultural education across our city.   

11 by 11: inspiring young people through culture

Upcoming CPD sessions

Upcoming events are listed by date. We will update this page as sessions are confirmed throughout the year. 

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Wednesday 18 November 2020

4-5.30pm

Zoom

Animate | Collaborate with Kaleidoworks

These workshops are open to Islington educators from secondary, primary and SEND settings. 

Led by artist-duo Kaleidoworks, in these workshops you’ll explore playful ways in which animation processes can facilitate collaboration across social distancing and between bubbles. Kaleidoworks will introduce to you both analogue and digital animation techniques, and how to mix the two.

Activities will be suitable for the classroom and adaptable for remote learning and teaching.

You can join one or both sessions. Workshops will take place via Zoom:

  • Wednesday 18 November 2020, 4-5.30pm

This session will explore how teachers can still incorporate spontaneity, fun and creative risk-taking within the school environment. You will try out experimental animation processes that encourage collaboration between student bubbles and play with socially distant forms of interaction and making. Together we will discuss the current challenges facing teachers and think about imaginative problem solving around Covid-19 restrictions.  

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Thursday 26 November 2020

4-5.30pm

Zoom

Online Facilitation with Gaynor Smith

This session is open to school staff and learning staff from arts organisations. 

Gaynor is a youth worker, project manager and facilitator, who is passionate about diversity and youth engagement. She specialises in disability inclusion, youth participation, and theatre.

Drawing on her experience of devising and delivering creative workshops on Zoom throughout lockdown, Gaynor will lead you through online facilitation hints and tips, how to increase and maintain engagement, as well as a chance to share practice with peers.

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Wednesday 9 December 2020

4-5.30pm

Zoom

Animate | Collaborate with Kaleidoworks

These workshops are open to Islington educators from secondary, primary and SEND settings. 

Led by artist-duo Kaleidoworks, in these workshops you’ll explore playful ways in which animation processes can facilitate collaboration across social distancing and between bubbles. Kaleidoworks will introduce to you both analogue and digital animation techniques, and how to mix the two.

Activities will be suitable for the classroom and adaptable for remote learning and teaching.

You can join one or both sessions. Workshops will take place via Zoom:

  • Wednesday 9 December 2020, 4-5.30pm

This session will explore the possibilities of instigating creativity through remote learning. You will look at using Zoom as a creative tool and mobile phones as a digital image-making device, and learn how to share the results in exciting ways. The session will also look at off-screen forms of engaging students from a distance, and how to build communication between those isolated. It will be interesting to discuss what benefits may come from these new ways of working, eg developing exciting ways to deliver homework, or build dialogue with people in other places.

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Upcoming Cultural Lead Teacher meetings

Upcoming events listed by date. We will update this page as sessions are confirmed throughout the year. 

WhenActivity

Friday 27 November 2020

Morning Session

Zoom

Artsmark Development Day with A New Direction

We are pleased to launch an Islington Artsmark Group in 2020-21, to support Islington teachers on their Artsmark journeys to have a chance to share and build their learning with teachers from other schools

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum and beyond. A New Direction supports London schools throughout their Artsmark journey, offering expert guidance, advice and training.

Cultural leads and an SLT member will spend a day taking part in activities designed to help them review current arts provision, identify areas for development and create an action plan to address them.

The development day will take place over a half-day morning session, and A New Direction will then follow up with schools with short 1:1 phone calls to help schools plot their next steps.

Artsmark resources


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Past meetings: Resources and Documents

Where available, we share the documents and resources from each session for use by those who attended and other school staff who may be interested.

Resources are sorted by sector. Use the menu to jump to each section.


 

Music

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Music

Cutural Lead Twilight Session 2: Union Chapel

The second twilight for Cultural Lead Teachers took place Thursday 28 November 2019, at the Union Chapel. 

Please click the links below to download meeting documents:

 

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Theatre

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KS2
English
Art and design
PSHE 

 

Cultural Lead Twilight on 3 October 2019 at the National Youth Theatre

This session focused on using Drama in the classroom.

Download resources from the link below:

Drama And Wellbeing in the Classroom: Culture Bank CPD session 24 June 2020

This online meeting provided further practical stratgies for using Drama in the classroom to support wellbeing of children and young people. 

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Dance

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KS1

 

English

Create and Dance with the Royal Opera House

26 November and 3 December 2019

Led by the Royal Opera House, these two hands-on twilight sessions equipped Key Stage 1 teachers with the skills and confidence to empower their pupils to create dance pieces of their own, and inspire cross-curricular learning.

Session 1 provided a language and structure for creating movement, introducing ‘Building Blocks' of dance - i.e. actions, body, space, dynamics, relationships. Session 2 explored The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a stimulus for literacy and creative writing exercises, as well as other areas of the curriculum.

Activities are designed to develop children’s creativity, resilience, communication skills and many more transferable skills. These were interspersed with moments of discussion, lesson planning and an online tour of the learning platform.

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Science

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KS2

Science

Art and design
 

 

 

 

Teacher Lab – a teaching resource for primary teachers focusing on the primary science curriculum

We’re pleased to share Barbican's brand-new teaching resource, full of activities which are designed to find creative ways to help pupils understand the primary science curriculum – from Early Years up to Year 6. The resource is the culmination of our Teacher Lab project, where a teacher was matched with an artist to re-imagine the curriculum and develop practical tools for learning through the arts. Activities in the resource, which focus on push and pull forces, have been created to meet the ability and learning needs of each primary year group, working alongside the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
 
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Heritage and Museums

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Visual Art, Crafts and Design

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EYFS
SEND
Art and design
PSHE 

 

Twilight Session - EYFS & Key Stage 1: Approaches to Multi-Sensory Teaching and Learning, with the October Gallery 

Led by specialist drama facilitator and storyteller Dani Bradstreet and October Gallery’s Georgie Fay, this session will introduce you to multi-sensory approaches to teaching and learning in EYFS and Key Stage 1. 

Through discussion and hands-on creative activities, you will explore:

  • planning and delivering multi-sensory activities - including using role-play, tone of voice, fabric and textures, and sound and music
  • facilitating creative responses to contemporary art, with a focus on printmaking 
  • useful advice on easy-to-access affordable materials
  • how to adapt activities for children of different ages and with different needs

The session will reference October Gallery's current exhibition Inside the Cordillera Occidental Portal II. The show features artists that explore patterns, forms and insights from cultures which historically originate from the western side of the Americas.

This CPD is part of 11 by 11 Culture Bank, delivered in partnership with Islington Council Cultural Enrichment and School Improvement teams. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Increased confidence in using multi-sensory techniques in the classroom
  • Gained skills and knowledge in planning and delivering multi-sensory activities
  • Explored the benefits of multi-sensory teaching and learning
  • Gained ideas for using contemporary art as a stimulus for learning
  • Increased skills in printmaking

Date: ​Wednesday 29 January 2020, 16:30 - 18:30

Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL

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Film and Digital

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KS2
English

Into Film: Raising Attainment in Literacy

In this practical CPD, Into Film will lead you through a series of creative, hands-on activities which use film to support literacy in upper KS2.

Each activity is designed to help build on a learner's comprehension, analytical and writing skills and includes an opportunity for curriculum-focused filmmaking and extended writing.

The session includes tried and tested practical activities such as Sound on/Vision off, Tell Me grids, Role on the Wall, Venn Diagrams and predictive writing.

Each participant will receive a free downloadable PowerPoint, which includes film clips, as well teaching resources and worksheets.

Date: Wednesday 16th October (16.00- 18.00)

Venue: St Mary Magdalene Academy (Primary), 475 Liverpool Road

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Literature

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Outdoor

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Reports

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Resources related to learning, creativity, wellbeing and education more broadly are located here. 

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