Join the conversation at our first Creative Schools Symposium!

October 13, 2016

We’re inviting teachers and cultural partners from across East London to join our first annual Creative Schools Symposium, taking place at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 7 November.

Join us for a day of learning and action as we champion creativity in schools and bring the arts and education sectors together from across East London.

Come along to meet teachers and senior leaders from 17 schools taking part in the Creative Schools programme during the 2016-17 academic year along with 40+ cultural education partners from across the Creative Schools network, including:

A New Direction, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Arts Council England, Barbican Centre, Barking and Dagenham Cultural Education Partnership, Bow Arts, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Dance Umbrella, Drum Works, East London Dance, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Foundation for Future London, Green Candle Dance, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Islington Cultural Education Partnership, London Legacy Development Corporation, Newham Music, Output Arts, People Make it Work, Poet in the City, Redbridge Drama Centre, Rosetta Art Centre, Salmagundi Films, Serious, Sound Connections, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Studio Wayne McGregor, UCL Museums, Vestry House Museum, William Morris Gallery.

The day will include practical workshops, partnership opportunities and networking with culture, education and funding experts.

Highlights of the programme include:

  • Keynote from David Crossley, Executive Director of the Whole Education Network and author of Sustainable School Transformation: An Inside out approach
  • Hear from the Young Poet Laureate for London and Sean Gregory, Learning and Engagement Director for the Barbican Centre
  • Find out about Artsmark and get your school started on the Artsmark journey with A New Direction
  • Take part in practical workshops exploring stop motion animation in topic-based learning, building resilience through dance, creative literacy techniques and embedding youth leadership.
  • Gain insights into co-fundraising opportunities between schools and arts organisations with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Cause 4 and Forest Hill Boys School and access top tips for navigating health, education and regeneration sources
  • Join the conversation on the EBacc and discuss what schools can do to maintain creative subjects at GCSE and A Level with East London Dance and Dagenham Park Secondary School
  • Explore how the arts can support Healthy Schools aims with Jo Rhodes (Challenge 59); the role of youth arts in supporting mental wellbeing with Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre; and insights into becoming a school governor with Mark Londesborough.
  • Take part in our Q&A with teachers, exploring their experiences of supporting school improvement through the arts
  • Enjoy networking, drinks and partner match making opportunities to close the day!

To find out more and book your place, visit