A New Direction’s annual schools’ conference took place at the British Library on 16 October 2014. The event explored practical approaches to cultural education in the new National Curriculum through a series of talks and workshops.

The conference kicked off with inspirational keynote speakers Jacob Sam-La Rose, Poet and Educator, and Professor Anne Bamford, Creative Education Specialist who spoke about the importance and role of arts & culture in schools.

We also had a great panel discussion chaired by Louise Thomas (Innovation Unit) and included Kate Attard (Trinity College London), Helen Nistala (Greater London Authority), Oonagh Barry (Hounslow Music Service) and Steve Moffitt (A New Direction). The panel discussed how schools might approach delivery of the national curriculum through a variety of innovative opportunities.

The conference workshops provided time for in-depth exploration of the curriculum and sharing practice to create new approaches for arts and cultural learning to help discover new approaches to support literacy, numeracy, communication and digital learning.

Presentations and workshop information will be uploaded shortly. Do come back in November to view these!


Photo credit of Newton Statue: Eduardo Paolozzi (used under Creative Commons)