Jo Barber – The Power of the Arts In Alternative Provision: Embracing Uncertainty and Non-Conformity through Creativity

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How can non-conformity and creativity align? This blog celebrates the importance of the arts and creativity through the lens of our teaching practices in Alternative Provision. Advocating for the value the arts give to students who we work with but also principles which can carry beyond our classrooms. It argues how the arts should be reconsidered within the hierarchy of subjects and considered as powerful learning opportunities.

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About Jo

Jo Barber is one of Aspire Alternative Provisions Associate Assistant Head of School at Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Jo was formerly Head of Art from 2014 to 2020 having joined Aspire in 2013. Prior to teaching in Aspire Jo had taught in mainstream schools. Former to this, she taught art in Further Education and History of Art in an Acting School in London, whilst working as an independent artist exhibiting in the US and UK. Jo also dabbled with running her own Pottery business between 2004 to 2010. Having found a significant purpose for teaching in Alternative Provision, she decided to undertake an MA in Social Justice and Education where she sees this aligning perfectly with her art teaching and leadership at Aspire. Jo is passionate to make a positive difference to students lives through creativity, art and equitable practices which address social justice issues.

Jo Barber

Georgina Dean – #CreativeCOREs

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How are we leveraging creativity to heal exhausted educators, learners, and leaders?

Join me LIVE for a 30mins #POWERchat on TwitterSpaces, to explore a variety of strategies which can creatively soothe your community’s tired core, and ignite the spark in reimaging teaching and learning through a fresh lens. Let’s continue the conversation globally through Voxer, followed by a Wakelet BLOG space to curate our collective inspirations.

The blog will follow the live session.

About Georgina

As an ISTE Certified Educator, a Google for Education Certified Trainer & Innovator (#VIA20), an Adobe Education Leader & Creativity Crew Founding Member, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and an Apple Teacher, Georgina’s goal is to offer creative digital integration support to education communities around the world. Georgina is a visionary education leader, an inspiring writer, podcaster, and keynote speaker, and is keen to impact creative innovation across Europe, Middle East & Africa, where she has been fostering change in education for over a decade. She empowers learners and educators with the 21st century skills, tools, and the confidence they need to be successful members of a global community, to thrive in tomorrow’s competitive job market. Georgina’s especially excited about joining the epic Code Breaker Leadership Team, empowering the leaders of tomorrow with the creative strategies which will fuel their Teams with the innovation spark-to-success (

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Olivia Edmonds – Reading Is Power

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When faced with Sixth Form students who thinks books are the most boring thing in the world, how do you show them that Reading can actually change their lives? Olivia Edmonds discusses her own experiences of developing a “Reading Culture” at Sixth Form level, using the Library as a main hub, and shares ideas and strategies for how this could be applied to your educational setting as well as your personal experiences.

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About Olivia

Olivia Edmonds is the Learning Resources Manager (with responsibility for the Library) at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Birmingham and has been so for 3 years (so far) Prior to this, she taught English at Secondary level (ages 11-16) across the West Midlands and the Black Country for 10 years. Olivia’s passion for Reading for Pleasure came from her work with the Open University as well as her own passion for the subject. She also recently the hosted the RevEDlution Weekly Twitter Chat, focusing on the promotion of Reading at Further Education level.

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Kate Fellows – Designing the Leeds Curriculum: Building a Place-Based Cultural Curriculum

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Everyone loves a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… Once upon a time, magical things happened in Leeds. Prehistoric hippos roamed where now there are houses. An elephant got stuck in a small alleyway – how did it get out? Brilliant people built a vibrant city that shouted to the world, opened its doors and welcomed people. These are just some of the stories we uncovered as part of the development of the Leeds Curriculum.

Leeds Museums and Galleries (LMG) led a city-wide consortium of over 50 arts, cultural and community organisations and over 30 primary schools to co-create the Leeds Curriculum (launched June 2018). It provides primary teachers with the resources they need to teach using a place-based, local approach to teach any primary subject. It is about rethinking how we deliver arts-rich, cross-sector formal education and is designed to provide consistent cultural capital to raise attainment, attendance and overall engagement. Written together by communities, schools and arts organisations, it is currently reaching around 10,000 schoolchildren p/yr. The Curriculum is openly and freely accessible on, a website hosting free national teaching resources.

Want to know how we did it? Come along and have a chat.

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About Kate

Kate wants to change the whole world for the better… but she’ll start with Leeds for now! She has worked with object based learning in museums for 17 years for a range of organisations from the National Trust, to Harewood House and IWM North, and is currently the Head of Learning and Access for Leeds Museums and Galleries. She was the 2010-11 Learning Fellow on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. Kate is currently the Chair of the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) Yorkshire and Humberside and the Yorkshire Accessible Museums Network, a trustee for Artlink West Yorkshire, and is an Artsmark assessor. Along the way, she has met and worked with many wonderful, amazing people, has learnt so much and is still learning.

@KateHFellows | @LeedsMuseums | @mylearning_org

Kate Fellows

Julia Hancock – All the World's a Stage – Let's Play

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Developing language, learning and emotional connection through rehearsal room strategies. Lifting words from the page. Inspiring our learners by rich physical connection with language and themes, I will share some links to pedagogy and some practical strategies to try, incorporating development of vocabulary awareness, developing understanding and engaging with themes.

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About Julia

Julia loves to learn. She learns best when she’s involved and active and gets a chance to articulate and explore learning, like most of us. Having completed an Open University multidisciplinary Arts degree she is a queen of cross curricular approaches to learning. Julia has a range of Primary school Headteacher and leadership positions, including facilitation for leadership training across phases and sectors , and as an SLE for English , as well as leading a Royal Shakespeare Company Associate schools’ network and led workshops, CPD and community performance in this role. Her career in education has been always been fuelled by a relentless commitment to integrating the Arts across the curriculum to emotionally and cognitively engage learners and staff, explore concepts and develop deep understanding and expression of new learning. She is particularly passionate about inspiring a joy of learning and enabling emotional literacy (EQ)and inclusive practice to enable everyone to succeed through active engagement with drama strategies, visual arts and music. This informed her MA studies around empowering learners through meta cognitive practice and her writing for Ian Gilbert’s The Working Class :Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices. Julia is director of Boundless Learning Ltd, providing coaching and supervision for staff and leadership development to consider a broader vision for education , including the development of creative approaches to developing curriculum, learning and emotional development across the community. She’s also enjoying her role as School Governor with specific responsibilities for Maths, PSHE and Music and learning to be a gong bath practitioner!
Twitter @BoundlessLtd

Julia Hancock

Jenetta Hurst – Working Effectively in Partnership to Promote Creativity

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An exploration of some of the most exciting creative music-making experiences that we’ve been able to bring to our learners, helping us on our journey of developing life-long musicians and future contributors to the music sector in the UK and beyond.

In the school setting, those with the responsibility of delivering Music across the key stages have the opportunity to engage with a range of specialist practitioners and organisations to bring best practice and high-quality experiences to learners of all ages and abilities. Read on to learn more about working effectively in partnership, in your setting.

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About Jenetta

Jenetta Hurst is a music specialist with 15 years’ experience working in secondary schools in a range of settings.  Jenetta is currently Head of Department for Music in a large secondary school in East London, and is a former senior leader.  Jenetta’s interests are staff development, CPDL, ITT and teacher induction and she graduated from UCL Institute of Education with the MA Leadership in 2019.  Jenetta is also an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Conservatoire.

twitter: @TheCreative_Edu

IG: thecreative_educator

website: Home | The Creative Educator

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Chloe Johnson – Diversifying the Canon: Stagnation and Sensibility

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Literature by a white man is art, seperate from himself. A piece written by a marginalised woman is a political statement, whether on purpose or otherwise. Diversifying the Canon literature taught not only allows students to recontextualise the idea of a “classic” – which has, for far too long, upheld ideals of class, race and ability – but engages with the long lost idea that literature can be enjoyable as well as informative.

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About Chloe

Chloe is a freelance writer, editor and journalist who is Deputy Editor of new digital magazine Conscious Being, a magazine by and for Disabled women. She is passionate about literature, music, art-history and inclusion. Chloe has had bylines in The Independent, DORK Magazine, YouthMusic and is currently writing her debut novel.

Social Media:
Instagram – @lemoncaketales
Twitter: @ladychloestark
Twitter for Conscious Being: @consciousbeing2
Instagram for CB is as above

Tabby Kerwin – The PERFORM Model for Better Mental Health of Musicians

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The PERFORM Model has been developed by writer, musician and positive psychologist Tabby Kerwin as part of her research to support the mental health of musicians.

Based on statistics following research by herself into the mental health of musicians in brass bands and wider evidence collated by the University of Westminster, Tabby concluded that the issue of mental ill heath is very real in the music industry, but by focussing a spotlight on the issue and creating strategies to promote a greater level of wellbeing and putting support measures in place in organisations, an impact could be made which would lead to a reduction in levels of depression and anxiety.

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About Tabby

Tabby Kerwin is a published writer, conversationalist, musician, performance coach and mental health advocate and trainer for Mental Health First Aid England.

Based on her knowledge as a trained performer and her own experience of mental health issues and grief she hosts open and honest conversations and coaching for creative minds to perform with better emotional fitness based on her own approach of The Three Ps: Possibility, Productivity and Performance – the title of her first best-selling book.
Tabby is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, where her research work will focus on utilising positive psychology to support the mental health of musicians.

In 2020, Tabby published her latest best-selling book ‘The Three Taboos: Cancer, Grief and Mental Health’ with an accompanying podcast.

She is the Director of her own company Mode for… which is home four businesses focussing on music, publishing, events, mental health and performance coaching.

She is the Editor of two new e-magazines launched in 2021: ‘Brass on the Mind’ and ‘Weddings on the Mind’
Insta: @modefortabbykerwin
Twitter: @tabbykerwin

Tabby Kerwin

Bryn Llewellyn – Playful Poetry

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What’s the difference between PLAY and PAL (Physically Active Learning)?
That’s right – the letter ‘Y’!

We know our Why. We:

  • challenge the notion that you can only learn when sitting down
  • create ‘move & learn’ solutions to the growing health problems caused by inactivity

Join us to discover more about blending movement with words and poetry.

A playful approach to poetry via ourselves and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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About Bryn

According to a Key Stage 2 child in London, “Bryn is a genius.” However, his friends and family know the truth.

Bryn worked in various UK schools for over 20 years as a teacher and school leader. In 2013, he founded Tagtiv8. His pioneering approaches to Physically Active Learning (PAL) help schools take learning beyond the classroom walls – crucial when challenging the increasing problem of sedentary lifestyles. 

Bryn is co-director of Move&Learn (CIC) – as well as advising the BBC and the Premier League on their education content.

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