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11 by 11: inspiring young people through culture

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Music

Kings Place

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ArtMusic

Kings Place is an open, multi-arts venue, presenting an adventurous and critically-acclaimed programme, with words and music at its heart.

Kings Place is in the heart of King’s Cross, with a diverse offering of music, spoken word, festivals, comedy and visual art.

Careers Talks

As Kings Place is host to a wide variety of businesses, on occasion it may be possible to range a career session for smaller groups of students (max 10), who are interested in music, spoken word, and event production.

There are limited slots available for this, please make an enquiry and we can explore what may be possible for your group.

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Access Creative

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ArtComputingDesignEnglishMathsMusic

Offering a wide range of courses in Games, Media, Music and Events, Access Creative College has been delivering creative education for over twenty-five years.

Our past students include Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Jess Glynne, among many others, and we are committed to providing excellent quality training for young people entering the creative industries. The college delivers creative education at campuses in seven cities and is dedicated to broadening its provision to become the number one choice for creative training in the UK. 

Our Schools Engagement Team work with highly skilled creative practitioners to give young people the opportunity to immerse themselves in practical activities, which help young people to visualise their next steps into creative training options in further and higher education.

We offer a range of activities to let your students explore and understand skill sets that are required within different sectors of creative industries. 

Groups can organise a tour at our London Campus, or our team is available to come to your school and deliver activities such as creative careers assemblies, workshops or taster days, and careers experience sessions. 

In-school Activities

1.) Workshops: Duration 1hr – 2hrs

Topics available: song writing, street art photography, games and VR experience 

2.) Careers fairs: Duration 2-4 hrs 

Access Creative College can attend your school’s careers fairs with information about our programmes and career pathways. 

3.) Assembly Talks/Presentations: Duration 1hr 

We can present a creative careers industry presentation as well as an Access Creative presentation which will cover ways into the industry and everything you need to know about Access Creative College.

 

At Access Creative College, Shoreditch:

1.) Taster days: Duration 2-3 hrs 

Schools can arrange for individual or small groups of young people to come to ACC and experience what it is like to be a student at Access Creative College in a subject of their choice. These are normally held during half term holidays. 

2.) Open Days: ACC also hold open days and information is available on their website: www.accesscreative.ac.uk

ACC also hold open days and information is available on their website: www.accesscreative.ac.uk

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London Sinfonietta

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:Music

Founded in 1968, the London Sinfonietta’s mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

London Sinfonietta Academy 12th Edition: Final Performance – see more info here: https://londonsinfonietta.org.uk/whats-on/musicians-tomorrow-2

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City University of London

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:Music

1. Free lunchtime and evening concerts.

Details of upcoming free concerts are available here

https://www.city.ac.uk/about/schools/arts-social-sciences/music/events

All concerts are free but advance booking requested/recommended.

Times: concerts are usually on Tuesday evenings, 7-8.30pm or Friday lunchtime, 1.10-2pm

Location: usually Performance Space, College Building, City, University of London, EC1V 4BP. Occasionally concerts are held at other local venues.

2.  Music workshops

  • Gamelan (max 20 students)
  • African Dance and Drumming (max 30 students)

Date and time by arrangement. Location: Music Department, City, University of London.

Assembly talks by students and staff on different areas of music work. Our students can also go into schools to play live music in assemblies.

Date and time by arrangement. Location: at the school.

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Theatre

All Change

Key Stage:KS2KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishScience

All Change is a community arts organisation, which has been bringing artists and communities together since 1985, producing original and authentic arts projects and experiences, which develop understanding and make connections between people. 

· Inspiring talks on career pathways in combined and community arts - including digital arts, dance, literature, photography, music, Film and Digital and theatre (KS4).

· Talks by All Change’s Young Peer Leaders on their experience and pathways to employment in the arts are also offered (KS4)

· Known in Your Bones is an arts and heritage project co-produced with young women for young women, run by All Change in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives and Museum of London. The project will use the arts, and engagement with archives to explore the topic of Vitamin D deficiency through the ages: its prevalence and incidence, causes, treatments and associations – rickets, diets, sun exposure, child poverty, cultural debates, scientific and medical developments.

We are offering 4x one-off interactive performances – during assembly or at lunchtime - by poet/performer Francesca Beard and members of our Young Creative team [young women aged 16-25 in paid roles on the project], for young women in KS4 or KS5. These will offer young women a chance to engage with a fascinating and important topic – through creative and accessible activities. There is an opportunity too, for the young women to continue their involvement in the wider project outside of school.

Dates: May and June 2020 - dates and times to suit participating school

Duration: 15 mins – 1 hour 
Location: In school

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Company Three

Key Stage: KS3KS4 KS5

Curriculum: Art PSHEEnglish

 Company Three (originally Islington Community Theatre) Is a theatre company working with young people in Islington. We exist to create a world where teenagers are listened to, understood and celebrated.

  • Inspiring talks to young people by young people. Members of the award-winning company will talk of their experiences in the theatre and their inspiring journeys to become theatre-makers and young professionals.
  • Free schools workshops We offer drama workshops for all years at secondary schools designed to support the needs of each class and their current focus
  • Teacher Support We are able to support teachers delivering drama at school with directing support and technical knowledge to aid exam performances or school performances. 

Suitable for Alternative Provision and PRUs.

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Cut Moose

Key Stage: KS3KS4 KS5

Curriculum: ArtDesign PSHE

Pilot Performance Workshops

Cut Moose is dedicated to creating innovative and challenging performances that highlight under-represented perspectives on contemporary narratives.

They have been awarded a grant from Islington Council’s Community Chest to run pilot creative workshops in secondary schools with young people (11 to 17 years).

The workshops will include games drawn from physical theatre, improvisation, storytelling, team bonding. They are intended to give the participants the confidence to improvise and to inspire them to design a site-specific performance or installation.

The sessions will explore how creativity can be used for problem solving, and to develop a sense of belonging, openness, listening and a sense of belonging to a wider community.

There is limited availability during Spring and Summer term.

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Fourth Monkey 

Key Stage:SENDKS4KS5

Curriculum: English

Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company delivers revolutionary actor training from our bespoke training base in Islington, North London.

Our free Schools workshop are aimed at those studying GCSE’s up to A-Level. Our workshops are an interactive introduction to our physical theatre training.   

We offer school visits and assembly talks to any secondary schools.

We offer a number of free tickets to young people across Islington to see our student productions.

Student Productions:

  • Classic Season - Richard II and Richard III: March 21st – 28th
  • Contemporary Season: 68 Years and A Matter of Life + Death: May 9th – 16th

Our offers are suitable for pupils in Alternative Education and PRU setting.

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Park Theatre

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:English

Park Theatre is a neighbourhood theatre based in Finsbury Park with a global ambition.

•‘Get To Know Your Theatre’ tours and workshops for Key Stages 1-4 at the Finsbury Park based theatre, including backstage visits.

• Park Theatre are also have occasional ticket offers for primary and secondary schools.

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Pleasance Theatre

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:English

Fringe venue with 2 theatres and a varied programme of performing arts and comedy.

•Pleasance Theatre are also have occasional ticket offers for primary and secondary schools

•Theatre open days for schools (KS 1- 4), providing a tour and introduction to the Pleasance Theatre, based near Caledonian Road tube station.

•Pleasance staff are available for skills development and careers talks in schools, to discuss the many vocational routes and roles involved in backstage theatre production (e.g. Lighting Technicians, Sound Engineers).

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Yaram Arts

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:HistoryMusicPE

Assembly Talks

Yaram work with artists to develop high quality content and of performances, present them to new audiences, and generally foster cultural awareness and social cohesion through music and arts.

Yaram evolved to be a Funded BME Arts Organisation from an amateur community football team leader. They are available to talk to school groups on topics surrounding Arts and Sports, and/or Challenges for BME Arts Organisations.

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National Youth Theatre

Key Stage:SENDKS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: English

The National Youth Theatre is offering fee waivers to Islington residents aged 14-25 (who meet certain criteria) for our Auditions and Backstage Interviews.

A National Youth Theatre audition is a full-day experience. We structure our audition days with a 3 hour ensemble workshop in the morning, followed by a 1-2-1 audition in the afternoon. This is to give young people a chance to explore ensemble theatre (making theatre as a group) and how they can work with fellow performers in the room.

This is also a great chance to settle into the day and calm any nerves young people may have before their individual audition.

From 10am, those taking part will have a 3 hour workshop led by National Youth Theatre Associates.

In the afternoon, from young people will have an individual audition slot to perform a monologue of choice of up to 2 minutes.

Please see more here for details https://www.nyt.org.uk/islingtonpledge and you can contact us or apply directly

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Young Actors Theatre Islington

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:EnglishMaths


Young Actors Theatre is a vibrant and busy community theatre, drama school and talent agency offering workshops in acting, musical theatre and singing and regular performance opportunities.

Free Drama Workshops - During term time between 1:30 - 3pm at the Young Actors Theatre

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Out of Joint

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:English

Out of Joint is a mid-scale national and international touring theatre company. We focus on new writing, working with playwrights to develop shows that we can take to audiences around the country.


• Free workshops in our rehearsal room, or at your schools, on play writing,  running a theatre company, directing and producing.

• Workplace visits showing your students our office and rehearsal space. Depending on the production, this could be scheduling whilst we have a show in rehearsals.

• Assembly talks by professionals about their job in theatre, or working in theatre in general.

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The Almedia Theatre

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:English

The Almeida exists to launch the next generation of British artists onto the world stage. We make brave new work that asks big questions: of plays, of theatre and of the world around us.

The Almeida is committed to providing a range of opportunities for schools to engage with our productions and gain insights into the theatre-making process. All of our work is designed to ignite and feed a curiosity about theatre and performance and to support those that we engage to realise their creative ambitions.


Offstage Careers Workshops
Students will meet members of the Almeida’s Technical Team, receive a backstage tour, and find out how a show makes its’ way onto our stage by taking part in a theatre producing workshop.

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Dance

Sadlers Wells

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum:PE

The world's No.1 venue dedicated to international dance - presenting dance in all forms from contemporary to flamenco, ballet to hip hop and more.

  • Careers in Theatre talks to students

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Heritage and Museums

Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives at Penton Street, Islington

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5SEND 

Curriculum:CitizenshipEnglishHistory

The talks can be tailored for the needs of any group of participants, including SEN, AP and PRU, in terms of age however it is primarily geared for young people in KS 3,4&5

Learning from anti-apartheid campaigns through a Community of Education 
 Is developing a Centre of Memory and Learning in the former African National Congress (ANC) offices at 28 Penton Street, Islington. 


Through our education programme we aim to support young people and the wider society to:
1. Understand apartheid and its impact on Southern Africa and the world.
2. Understand the role of international solidarity in helping the people of South Africa bring about the end of apartheid.
3. Have insight into those who led the struggle against apartheid and the thousands of ordinary women and men who took action all over the world. 
4. Draw on the lived experience of anti-apartheid activists to develop critical thinking skills to engage moral purpose, creativity and courage to resist racism and confront inequality and injustice in all its forms. 
5. Know that change is possible through collective action and feel motivated to stand up for what they believe and lead the change they want to see, on local, national and global levels.  
6. Understand how the lessons of the past, both positive and negative, are of continued relevance today and how some of the strategies and tactics employed against apartheid could be adapted to achieve ongoing social justice aims.
7. Be inspired and informed young leaders of today and tomorrow.

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St Bartholomew the Great

Key Stage: KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: EnglishHistoryPSHE RE Music

 
Guided Visit to Bart’s
Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest extant church. It was founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory and has been in continuous use as a place of worship since at least 1143. It is an active Anglican Church in the Smithfield area.
St Bartholomew the Great is a church built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and during the Blitz in World War II.
 
Today the Church has a reputation not only for wonderful architecture, but also for traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. 
 
It has appeared in a series of award-winning films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, The End of the Affair, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The Other Boleyn Girl, and a number of television programmes including Madame Bovary, The Real Sherlock Holmes, Spooks, and The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special. 
 
The church is also home to several pieces of modern art including a statue by Damien Hirst, featuring St Bartholomew, our patron Saint. 
 
Our medieval cloister is a perfect location for packed lunches during a visit. 
 
Ideal group size 30 plus teaching staff
Times: mornings until 12 midday, excluding Thursday. 
 
The church is centrally located between Barbican and St. Paul's tube stations. see our website for more information. https://www.greatstbarts.com
 

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London Metropolitan Archives

Key Stage:SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum:CitizenshipEnglishHistoryScience

London Metropolitan Archives offer the unique opportunity to work with primary source material in a dedicated education space. From bespoke sessions to in-depth exploration of themes, students will be inspired by working with original local history resources and learn through first-hand experience of documents, behind the scenes tours and practical activities.

In Your Own Backyard: Exploring your local area is an exciting and fascinating way to discover history and the changes which have taken place in your local area over time. Find out what stories lie behind local landmarks and discover the different people who lived and worked in your community. Maps, documents, plans and prints provide the evidence.

  • Free Workshop: All school workshops have history, geography and citizenship embedded within them and provide numerous links to other subjects. Art, storytelling, guided walks and STEM activities are used to deliver exciting sessions linked to the National and London Curriculums.

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Museum of the Order of St Johns

Key Stage:KS3SEND

Curriculum:EnglishHistoryScience

Located in a Tudor gatehouse, the Museum and its collections tell many fascinating stories spanning a period of almost one thousand years.

All our workshops involve a tour of the historic site and hands-on exploration. Workshops last for one and a half hours and we will endeavour to provide a lunch space if requested.

The Crusades and the Knights Hospitaller

Key Stage 3, History, and English

Visit our Norman crypt, location of Henry II’s council with the Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1185, which aimed to secure a strong successor to the throne of Jerusalem. Consider the significance of key events by examining up close crusader artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what the Crusades were and why they were fought
  • Understand some of the reasons why people went on crusade
  • Know about the role of the Knights Hospitaller in Jerusalem
  • Be able to consider the significance of the Crusades

Mystery at the Museum: Conservation in Action

Key Stage 3, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths

Become a museum detective observing, experimenting and problem solving, as you discover the science behind keeping our objects safe.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how museum curators and conservators protect their collections from damage
  • Know how light, chemical reactions, and insects can affect the preservation of museum objects for future generations
  • Understand the basic scientific processes behind material damage and deterioration
  • Understand how science can be used in situations outside of the usual laboratory and classroom environments
  • Be able to apply knowledge collected through observation and experimentation to solve a problem

All our activities can be adapted for groups from Special schools and SEND Units. Please talk to us about your requirements when you book.

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The Charterhouse

Key Stage:KS3

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryRE

England Through the Ages, KS3

This session is an hour-long tour that explores the nation’s history through the lens of the Charterhouse. The tour is a reworking of the existent secondary school tour. However, with the implementation of the Charterhouse’s 17th century portraits, this opens up the possibility of including the Restoration period in our historical survey. England Through the Ages has the potential to guide pupils through approximately 700 years of the country’s history – touching on the essential periods and events that have shaped the Britain we know today.

The main concept of this session is to take a temporal journey through several important periods using the Charterhouse as an exploratory mechanism. The tour will begin with a brief introduction to the site’s overall history and will then follow the Charterhouse starting with the medieval period through to the present day. 

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Museum of London

Key Stage: SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistoryScience

The Museum of London tells the story of the capital from its first settlers to modern times. We have immersive galleries and engaging educational programmes at the Museum of London in central London and at the Museum of London Docklands in a 200-year-old warehouse close to the river Thames.


•Museum gallery visits:  filled with inspiring objects and interactive displays.

•Interactive sessions on topics including prehistory, the Romans, the Great Fire of London, the Victorians the Second World War, Regeneration, Migration, Votes For Women and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

•‘At your school’ sessions and shows for secondary and SEND groups.

•Live streamed shows and sessions that you can participate in from your school hall or classroom.

•Learning resources including 3D objects, games, videos and subject guides.

 

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Visual Art, Crafts and Design

Youth Visits : Platform, Lift, Rose Bowl

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ArtComputingDesignPE

Lift is a Healthy living hub where young people aged 13 – 19 can come and participate in activities like music production, archery, afro-beats dance classes, Creative Cooking, Free running, 30-station gym equipped with the latest specialist kit, Girls only gym sessions, Yoga and more!!  Lift is much more than a place to take part in healthy activities. Young people can come for personal help with apprenticeships, college applications, CVs, looking for work, volunteering or developing projects. Lift is also here to support with advice and guidance on personal issues, lifestyle decisions and sexual health.

Lift can offer an exciting engagement programme in four parts over a school term:

  • School Assembly
  • Tour of Lift and Registration of young people
  • In-school or on site workshops for up to 30 young people who have been identified as interested in creative arts/ Healthylifestyle activities offered at Lift
  • 1 Free gym pass at Lift for young people who attend the workshop.

 

Platform is a creative hub where young people aged 13 – 19 can come and participate in free activities like our music studio, drama workshops, Afrobeats dance classes, gaming events, film screenings and more!

•Platform can offer an exciting engagement programme in four parts over a school term:

  • School Assembly introduction to Platform
  • Tour of Platform and Registration of young people
  • In-school or on-site creative workshop for up to 30 young people who have been identified as interested in creative arts activities offered at Platform
  • Film screening at Platform for young people who attended the workshop

Suitable for year 9 Upwards

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Cubitt

Key Stage:SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtCitizenshipDesign

Cubitt is an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. Founded by a group of artists in 1991, Cubitt consists of a non-profit gallery, 32 artist studios and a locally focused education programme.  The gallery programme is made up of exhibitions of contemporary art that last between four to six weeks.

Cubitt can offer Assembly Talks to:
• introduce Cubitt
• discuss what art is and what an artist does 
• take the form of a Q&A

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Cut Moose

Key Stage: KS3KS4 KS5

Curriculum: ArtDesign PSHE

Free Creative Workshops

Cut Moose is dedicated to creating innovative and challenging performances that highlight under-represented perspectives on contemporary narratives.

They have been awarded a grant from Islington Council’s Community Chest to run pilot creative workshops in secondary schools with young people (11 to 17 years).

The workshops will include games drawn from physical theatre, improvisation, storytelling, team bonding. They are intended to give the participants the confidence to improvise and to inspire them to design a site-specific performance or installation.

The sessions will explore how creativity can be used for problem solving, and to develop a sense of belonging, openness, listening and a sense of belonging to a wider community.

There is limited availability during Spring and Summer term.

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Crafts Council

Key Stage: KS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtDesign

The Crafts Council is responsible for advancing craft in the UK. We harness the power of craft to champion new makers, empower new making and inspire new audiences. Our Learning Team works with partner organisations across England to give children and young people the opportunity to discover a talent for making.

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Key Stage:KS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishHistory

A Grade II listed Georgian town house holding an art collection known internationally for its core of Futurist works, as well as figurative art and sculpture dating from 1890 to the 1950s. Our broad exhibition programme addresses artists and movements across fine art, photography, graphic design and fashion that questions our understanding of Italian art and culture.

Your school can access the following through 11 by 11:

1. Free admission for students to the museum, including free 20 minute guided tours and drawing activities for groups of up to 30 pupils.

 

2. Free Education Evenings are held to view new exhibitions, pick up resources and  find out about their education offer.

 

3. Assembly talks

- Introduce the Estorick Collection

- Discuss different roles of working in a museum and gallery

- Open Q and A

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The Courtauld Institute of Art

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishGeographyHistory

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a centre for the study of art history and home to the Courtauld Gallery. The Courtauld’s Public Programme offers free art and art history workshops, assemblies, and talks in eligible schools and sixth form colleges. 

By inviting young people to challenge how they think about the world, our workshops aid student’s ability to document and record their ideas and responses to visual cultures, build new skills, develop critical and analytical skills, imagination and conceptual thinking – the soft skills future employers are looking for. 


Workshops

‘Art History in Practice’ 
Our practice-based workshops offer young people opportunities to develop a variety of drawing and sketchbook skills and practical approaches, encouraging new ways of looking at, questioning and responding to the world via a chosen theme. 

‘Art History in Context’
Critical contextual workshops are a blend of practical and discursive exercises, encouraging young people to develop visual literacy, share and test their own ideas, build research and presentation skills, and explore the connections between art history and contemporary visual cultures.

Talks and Assemblies

We can arrange talks and assemblies with arts professionals, supporting students to become global citizens by helping them to identify the different pathways and careers available to them in an ever-changing world, learning about diverse roles within a cultural organisation as well as university courses, empowering them to make knowledgeable decisions about their futures.

Minimum 10 students per session. We can accommodate multiple classes on the same day with advance notice. 

Please note all workshops are delivered in schools.

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Barbican Guildhall

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5SEND

Curriculum: Art

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is a creative alliance between an arts centre and conservatoire, pioneering new models for creative and cultural learning. We turn world-class arts into unforgettable learning experiences for schools and colleges, helping to embed arts and creativity across the national curriculum.

Students under 14 years can visit exhibitions for free, alongside free exhibition tours which are suitable for both primary and secondary school groups. A discounted group booking applies to all school groups of 10 or more over the age of 14:
 

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory (Until Sun 26 Jul 2020)

The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye.

Toyin Ojih Odutola, recognising the pen as a ‘writing tool first’, plays with the idea that drawing can be a form of storytelling. Working exclusively with drawing materials including pastel and charcoal, she approaches her process of drawing as an investigative practice.

Ojih Odutola proposes speculative fictions, inviting the viewer to enter her vision of an uncannily familiar yet fantastical world. Working like an author or poet, she often spends months creating extensive imaginary narratives, which play out through a series of works to suggest a structure of episodes or chapters. Drawing on an eclectic range of references, from ancient history to popular culture to contemporary politics, Ojih Odutola encourages the viewer to piece together the fragments of the stories that she presents.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (Until Sun 17 May 2020)

Through the medium of film and photography, this major exhibition considers how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.

Examining depictions of masculinity from behind the lens, the Barbican brings together the work of over 50 international artists, photographers and filmmakers including Laurie Anderson, Sunil Gupta, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Catherine Opie.

In the wake of #MeToo the image of masculinity has come into sharper focus, with ideas of toxic and fragile masculinity permeating today’s society. This exhibition charts the often complex and sometimes contradictory representations of masculinities, and how they have developed and evolved over time. Touching on themes including power, patriarchy, queer identity, female perceptions of men, hypermasculine stereotypes, tenderness and the family, the exhibition shows how central photography and film have been to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture.

Please note, you will need to request in advance if you would like a free exhibition tour as part of your visit.

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Film and Digital

Film Fixer

Key Stage:KS4KS5

Curriculum: ComputingEnglish

Film Fixer a one stop shop Film Service managing and coordinating Film & TV Production in Islington.

As a “One Stop Shop Service” facilitating filming activity across 16 London Boroughs we are the first port of call for most Film & TV Production across the capital.  As a consequence, we are recognised as the definitive industry facing Film Office with a wealth of contacts within the filming community. Productions approach us directly with their location briefs. Our office receives many varied on filming enquiries daily, our team act as a front line for vetting any approaches made and present only serious productions with a suitable budget and brief to you. Islington Film Office also recognises the strong link between education and creative industries, and that identifying and supporting new talent is the only way to address future skills shortages.  Islington Film Service will work with existing school contacts and embed new relationships across local schools. We will work with schools to increase the understanding of teachers and students of careers pathways. Increasing awareness of the multiple professional roles across the industry will inform career choices, broadening the understanding of education and career ladder steps into the sector.

Working together with schools we will deliver:

·         Set visits to Productions filming across Tri-Borough locations

·         Connect specialist Film/Media colleges (London Screen Academy) and FE courses to schools for alternatives to traditional 6th Form.

·         3 - Year 10/12 work experience slots at Islington Film Office will be offered across Islington Schools by interview.

·         Coordinate freelance industry professionals to offer classroom talks on the industry and career pathways for Year 11 – GCSE Media Studies students.

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Into Film

Key Stage:SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum:EnglishHistory

Into Film will be hosting a Film Festival in November. Please register for an account here (https://www.intofilm.org/festival) to find out when free tickets will be available for the festival.

Into Film puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people across the UK.
•Free film clubs including access to catalogue of over 3000 titles, downloadable resources and printable materials.
•Free cinema screenings and annual Into Film Festival featuring a wide, specially curated programme of screenings selected for 5-19 year olds (including audio-described, subtitled and autism-friendly screenings), talks, workshops and careers advice.

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All Change

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ArtDesignEnglishPSHEScience

All Change is a community arts organisation, which has been bringing artists and communities together since 1985, producing original and authentic arts projects and experiences, which develop understanding and make connections between people. 

· Inspiring talks on career pathways in combined and community arts - including digital arts, dance, literature, photography, music, Film and Digital and theatre (KS4).

· Talks by All Change’s Young Peer Leaders on their experience and pathways to employment in the arts are also offered (KS4)

Known in Your Bones is an arts and heritage project co-produced with young women for young women, run by All Change in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives and Museum of London. The project will use the arts, and engagement with archives to explore the topic of Vitamin D deficiency through the ages: its prevalence and incidence, causes, treatments and associations – rickets, diets, sun exposure, child poverty, cultural debates, scientific and medical developments.

We are offering 4x one-off interactive performances – during assembly or at lunchtime - by poet/performer Francesca Beard and members of our Young Creative team [young women aged 16-25 in paid roles on the project], for young women in KS4 or KS5. These will offer young women a chance to engage with a fascinating and important topic – through creative and accessible activities. There is an opportunity too, for the young women to continue their involvement in the wider project outside of school.

Dates: May and June 2020 - dates and times to suit participating school

Duration: 15 mins – 1 hour 
Location: In school

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Literature

Poet in the City 

Key Stage:KS3

Curriculum:English

Poet in the City brings poetry to life beyond books, producing classic and contemporary poetry performances and commissions taking on major ideas, issues and people. We showcase biopics, use poetry to animate moments of cultural and social change, and create dramatic poetry experiences in major arts venues and unusual spaces.

  • Inspirational talks to young people about poetry, verse, lyrics, and event production. Poet in the City works with the best poets and poetry educators to engage young people with the art form.
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Out of Joint

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:English

Out of Joint is a mid-scale national and international touring theatre company. We focus on new writing, working with playwrights to develop shows that we can take to audiences around the country.

•Free workshops in our rehearsal room, or at your schools, on play writing,  running a theatre company, directing and producing.

•Work place visits, showing your students our office and rehearsal space. Depending on the production, this could be scheduling whilst we have a show in rehearsals.

•Assembly talks by professionals about their job in theatre, or working in theatre in general.

 

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Islington Libraries

Key Stage: SENDKS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: ComputingEnglishGeographyHistoryMathsMFLPSHE

Islington’s 10 libraries all have a children’s area offering books, music, story CDs, toys and micro:bits for loan plus magazines, games, holiday events, homework clubs, Lego clubs, a STEM club and reading challenges during the summer and winter. We also have activities for pre-school children. Schools can arrange to bring classes to visit any of our libraries and children can get a special class visit ticket to borrow books:


•Archway Library N19 5PH
•Central Library N5 1PF
•Cat and Mouse Library N7 0JN
•Finsbury Library EC1V 4NB
•N4 Library N4 2DW
•Lewis Carroll Library N1 0ST
•Mildmay Library N1 4NA
•North Library N7 6JX
•South Library N1 2SL
•West Library N1 1BD

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The Reading Agency

Key Stage:KS4

Curriculum:English

We bring reading to people of all ages and backgrounds, so everyone can read their way to a better life.

In partnership with Islington’s libraries, the Reading Agency delivers a wide range of reading programmes. This includes encouraging young people to volunteer to support the Summer Reading Challenge. 

Many schools engage with the Challenge each year via their local library, with shared celebration events, cross promotion and activities, etc. Libraries often run events, schemes and other initiatives across the summer and during term either side of the holidays to support reading for the Challenge, and additional material, content and engagement is available through our dedicated Summer Reading Challenge website: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

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Outdoor

Islington Boat Club

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum:PE

Islington Boat Club offers a range of activities and courses for young people. Based in the City Road Basin, entered via Graham Street, London N1 8JX. An RYA approved training centre and staffed with Canoe
England registered instructors, we offer many accredited courses for young people aged 9 to 19 years

Free taster sessions for up to six young people from each school. We can accommodate reasonably able bodied young people who would require minimum assistance to get into a boat when on the water.

Session duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Location: Islington Boat Club, City Road Basin London N1 8JX

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Islington Football Development Partnership

Key Stage:KS3KS4KS5

Curriculum: PE

Islington Football Development Partnership (IFDP) is joint organistation (Islington Council, GLL/Better & Arsenal in the Community) who provide accessible and affordable football to local communities, school and teams.

2 FREE after-school or lunchtime sessions, delivered on-site at school.

Outcomes following sessions could be in form of:
• Pathways in to female football via local team Islington Borough Ladies FC
• Continuation of session
• Students engaged in our local football sessions

Sessions delivered by FA qualified, DBS checked, male and female coaches. Possibly in the form of:
• Fun sessions
• Games/tournaments
• Skill development sessions
• Girls only sessions
• Team training

We can run female-only, male-only or mixed sessions. We can accomodate 18 students in each session. However, this number may need to be smaller depending on pitch space, age of children, the member of our staff delivering etc.

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Islington Play Association

Key Stage:SENDKS3KS4

Curriculum: ArtDesignMusicPE

Islington Play Association have been supporting children’s right to play (article 31 UNCRC) in Islington for over 40 years.  Our Adventure Playgrounds are situated across the borough, each one serving hundreds of local children and their families.  They are exciting and inspiring places for children to play, spaces where children have a greater sense of freedom, control and ownership.  We know that play is important for children’s happiness and positive development and that in play, children are the experts!

Trained staff work with children to create a space where children’s play can thrive. Our Adventure Playgrounds are free, for all children to attend.
•Toffee Park Adventure Playground, Ironmonger Row EC1V 3QS
•Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground, Market Rd N7 9PL
•Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground, N1 0DP
•Timbuktu Adventure Playground N19 4EJ

The sessions will be facilitated in part by a staff member at Islington Play, with some time designated for children to freely roam around during their visit. Schools will need to provide adequate staffing ratios during their visit.
School teachers will discuss the content of the visit with Islington Play. Please specify whether you are interested in having a music, heritage, or craft experience when you apply.

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