You are here

Keeping the skills alive: Free CPD and teaching resource for Newham schools

Submitted by Education on Mon, 20/10/2014 - 13:49

July 2014 marked the grand finale of the Bow Arts Manor Park consortium, a three-year partnership between Bow Arts and eight schools in the area which centred on meeting collective priorities through a holistic programme of artist-led initiatives. Over the course of the programme, we delivered CPD for staff, a hugely diverse range of individually tailored projects in each school, and a series of celebration events and public exhibitions to raise the profile of the arts within the wider community.

To ensure that the impacts of the programme live beyond its lifespan, we’ve created a teacher-centred resource, Art Around Us: Using the Everyday, based on three of last year’s artist-led projects and put together by experienced artist educator Daniel Wallis. It features activities from an early years family learning programme at Sheringham Nursery and Children’s Centre, a cross-curricular drawing and mark making project at Dersingham Primary School, and a Key Stage 3 Arts Award-accredited project at Little Ilford School. See the projects in action in the following short films: Early Years & Family Learning, Primary and Secondary

Daniel linked the projects thematically with everyday objects and the world around us which connect all the activities in the resource. The focus throughout is on using accessible and low-cost materials for simple and easily adaptable activities to inspire teachers and give them the confidence to deliver art projects in their settings.

To give Newham teachers a taste of how they could use and apply the skills in their classroom, we’re running three free artist-led CPD sessions hosted by schools across the borough based on activities in the resource next half term:

4pm – 5.45pm, Wednesday 12th November 2014, Cardboard Constructions, led by Sara Heywood

Hosted by Sheringham Nursery and Children’s Centre, Sheringham Avenue, London, E12 5PB

Learn how to facilitate a large-scale child-led play space or object using cardboard… and anything else you have to hand.

4pm – 5.45pm, Wednesday 19th November 2014, Make your Mark, led by Emma Corinne

Hosted by Dersingham Primary School, Dersingham Avenue, London, E12 5QJ

Emma will take you through a series of drawing and mark-making activities that you can use to support any topic or subject area.

4pm – 5.45pm, Thursday 4th December, Talking Art, led by Daniel Wallis

Hosted by Sarah Bonnell School, Deanery Road, London, E15 4LP

Gain ideas for facilitating lively and philosophical discussions with learners, using art a stimulus.

These sessions are free for all Newham teachers: to sign up, download the booking form here.  For your free copy of the resource, contact Lydia at

This project was supported by Newham Council and Arts Council England.