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Mia Bano – Buttercream BouCakes and All Things Floral – The Art of Cake Decorating

About the Session

Mia will be sharing an insight into her creative journey and why she expresses herself through the art of cake decorating and poetry. In her short pre-recorded presentation, she challenges and teases conventional forms of art by demonstrating how one can push the boundaries by creating edible masterpieces with simply cake and buttercream.

About Mia

Mia Bano is a class teacher at Arden Primary School in Birmingham. Having an absolute passion for the creative arts, Mia expresses herself through the form of poetry. Her background in cake art has enabled her to share her skills with both children and adults. Mia is responsible for leading Art and Design, Design and Technology and the Wider Area of the Curriculum across the school. She is a strong advocate for promoting diverse multicultural children’s literature in the classroom. She tweets @MissBTeaches_

Mia Bano

Georgia Batchelor-Robbins and Mike Wamaya – #WeDanceOn The Impact of Dance on Young People

About the Session

Our aim of this presentation is to discuss the positive impact dance has on young people based on Project Elimu’s dance programme. Project Elimu (Project Education) is an educational initiative set up by Mike Wamaya in Kibera; home to 700,000 people and the largest informal settlement in Kenya. The project works towards improving education standards in Kibera through extra-curricular activities, dance being a central focus.

We believe that dance is a tool of dialogue and to find solutions for community. Through our initial arts programme additional opportunities have been set up for the young people; digital learning, entrepreneur development program, gardening club, STEM project and most recently ‘Smile club’. This is a health initiative program aimed to educate all children on reproductive health. Dance has placed the foundations of these projects; dance has brought the community together.

About Mike

Mike Wamaya teaches dance in Kenya’s Kibera and Mathare slums by combining arts with social skills. He was a Top 10 Finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for his unique and extraordinary approach to empowering slum children through ballet. Mike is the founder of Project Elimu; a non-profit organisation championing quality education for children living in informal settlements by providing extra-curricular activities, demonstrating the importance of arts inclusion to standardised curriculum, and equipping teachers with tools to develop and incorporate 21st-Century skills in classrooms. Being able to dance gives children he works with confidence, helps raise their aspirations, and increases motivation for school. For those who have different skills the organisation is extending extra-curricular activities to include other arts, creative writing, theatre, voice, music poetry stagecraft and production. Due to Mike’s dedication and work many of his students have performed at the Kenyan National Ballet and received scholarships to train in America and UK. Mike tweets at @mikewamaya.

Mike Wamaya

About Georgia

Georgia Batchelor Robbins, a final year Primary Education student at Edge Hill University, is a strong believer in educational rights for all. Georgia has dedicated her free time to helping young people in the UK and abroad. As part of her National Citizen Service, she worked with people with Down’s syndrome during a group campaign, ‘Up Syndrome’, and was elected to the North Birmingham Youth Board where she helped organised a ‘Sleep Out’ to raise awareness for homelessness. As a keen dancer, Georgia set up a project to collect dance clothes for Mike’s dancers in Kibera after seeing an article online. After visiting Kibera in 2017 and building a relationship with Mike, Georgia became the UK Ambassador for Project Elimu. Since then, Georgia has been awarded a scholarship from her university, recognising her dedication to volunteering which has allowed her to visit Kibera for a third time, where she has assisted Mike teaching dance and taught art and English lessons. During her most recent trip in 2018, Georgia brought collected children’s books where the protagonists reflected the children and the African culture in order to develop a reading for pleasure scheme at Project Elimu’s centre. Georgia has continued to support Project Elimu during the current Covid-19 circumstances and is hoping to return to Kibera once the pandemic is over. Georgia tweets at @MissGBRobbins.

Georgia Batchelor Robbins

Ginny Bootman – Follow the Empathy Road

About the Session

This presentation looks at the role which books can make in helping children understand the role which empathy can and should play in our lives. Ginny will take you on a journey through books she has shared with young people and simple ways in which she has helped them become part of that story and the feelings evoked within it. You will go away feeling the heartbreak, love and loss for many different characters and be able to use these skills for books you already love.

About Ginny

Ginny has been teaching longer than she hasn’t. She has been a Headteacher, Senior Manager and Class Teacher teaching all ages in the Primary age range. She is currently SENCO of 2 Primary schools in Northamptonshire. She believes in her mantra #Followtheempathyroad and embodies this in everything she does. She writes and talks about how this can be embedded in the classroom as well as in the whole school environment through a caring approach that involves listening to others and putting ourselves in the shoes of others. You can find Ginny on Twitter @sencogirl and at her website

Ginny Bootman

Rachael Borman – Amasing

About the Session

The video is an over view of AmaSing work with schools and communities. It also shows new opportunities for 2021 / 2022 with our online wellbeing arts sessions, spiderdome arts workshops and shows. We are returning back to theatres in 5 areas for 2022 now too.

About Rachael Borman

AmaSing CIC has been established since 2017 and now has a charity foundation Amasing Arts. AmaSing believes arts are for everyone and develops exciting, inclusive, inspiring community arts projects/performances led by amazing arts specialists incorporating singing, music and arts. AmaSing works with a diverse range of communities from a variety of backgrounds, needs, ages, abilities, and cultures building on community cohesion. AmaSing collaborates with all educational establishments including primary/high schools, colleges, universities, arts organisations/specialists, hospices, residential homes, community hubs, charities and hospitals to develop and enhance young people’s mental health through arts. AmaSing currently works with 200 schools throughout the UK and abroad and has won many awards for their work in education and arts. In recent projects they secured funding for 25 teachers/ 25 student teachers to be trained as Arts Advisors, 35 schools to gain their Artsmark registration and 1000 children obtain an Arts Award Discover level. AmaSing has raised money, awareness and written songs within communities for charities Chester Zoo, Macmillan, Young Minds UK, The Countess of Chester Hospital, The Joshua Tree Charity and Dementia UK. Due to the COVID 19 crisis AmaSing has adapted the way they reach their groups delivering exciting weekly arts sessions online and in their huge spiderdome tent with school bubbles. AmaSing will be delivering more online shows for 2021 and return to theatre shows for 2022.

Sarah Brackenbury – How Dramatherapy and the Creative Arts Can Be Used with Children, Young People and Families to Help Heal Trauma

About the Session

A lot of the children I work with wonder who I am, as a dramatherapist it can be pretty confusing as it isn’t usually a title they’ve heard of. This is often followed by, is it therapy for actors? This question has also been joked amongst many adults – I would love to present insight into ‘what is dramatherapy’ and how I use it to work with the most vulnerable children in a primary school/ as well as work I carry out in my main employment (adoption service) with traumatised children.

About Sarah

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama and a Master’s Degree in Dramatherapy. She received her accreditation in October of 2016 and successfully worked as a freelance Dramatherapist in both primary and secondary schools across Sheffield. Sarah continues to provide Dramatherapy to a primary school however, since September 2019, Sarah’s work primarily takes place within an adoption support agency (Integrate, previously known as Integrate Families) specialising in trauma and dissociation with children and young people, Sarah has also recently undertaken training in EMDR (eye movement, desensitisation and re-processing) therapy which compliments her practice as a Dramatherapist.

Sarah’s love of creativity and passion to help people, have brought her to where she is now. She is privileged to work with such amazing children, young people & families, to help them through their trauma with creativity. Often, people have not heard of/ or have much understanding about ‘Dramatherapy’. During Sarah’s presentation, she will be explaining how Dramatherapy and the creative arts as a whole can be used to support children & young people who have experienced significant trauma in their lives.

Sarah Brackenbury

Carolyn Bradley – The Role of Drama in Character Education

About the Session

What is good character? Can it be taught? What role can Drama play in developing character in students?

This session will address these questions, drawing on the work of the Jubilee Centre for Character Education’s Framework for Character Education in Schools, and reviewing pivotal research in moral and ethical education and drama education. The session will provide a compelling argument for how vital drama and the arts are in the socio-emotional development of young people.

About Carolyn

Carolyn is a Head of Drama, Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning and a Specialist Leader of Education based in Leeds. She is an examiner and moderator for GCSE and A Level Drama, and an arts education consultant, working with theatre companies to produce resources for schools. She currently sits on a national roundtable group tasked with making the drama curriculum more representative, and is working with Pearson to introduce more representative drama set texts. Her research interests are the socio-emotional potential of drama, the role of drama in the curriculum and character education. She is a member of National Drama and supports the Executive Committee with marketing and communications. Carolyn tweets at @ourcarolyn.

Carolyn Bradley

Fiona Clark – Writing for Wellbeing: The Leaf and the Pea

About the Session

This presentation shares strategies for using the act of writing to improve mood and wellbeing, and help connect us to ourselves, others and the world.

Expressive writing or creative writing for therapeutic purposes can help both mental and physical wellbeing. This presentation explores how engaging in and enjoying the process of writing can help to clarify thoughts and feelings and improve mood and positivity.

I will be using some poems from my new anthology The Leaf and the Pea, to demonstrate how poetry and literature can be used as a springboard for exploring the self in order to heal, understand ourselves better, and boost our mental health.

About Fiona

Fiona Clark is a teacher and author and is known for her creative writing workshops for children and writing for wellbeing courses for grown-ups.

She is a University of Nottingham alumnus, has an English Honours Degree from Nottingham Trent University, and is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education.

Fiona has written for the Times Educational Supplement, and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

She tweets at @spiralglass

Mrs Clark’s YouTube Channel

Find out more at

Publications available by Fiona Clark include

A Practical Guide to Creative Writing for Schools, Seven Creative Writing Projects for ages 8-14 (2021) Taylor and Francis, London, England. Available for pre-order:

The Leaf and the Pea: An Observer’s Anthology of Poems, on Life, Nature and the World Around Us (2021) KDP, Washington, United States of America.

Things Nobody Tells You When You’re Growing Up (2020) KDP, Washington, United States of America.

Fiona Clark

Susan Coles – Why Do We Do What We Do?

About the Session

Sometimes we get to a point in our life when we sit and think ‘how did I get here and what am I doing?’. During this pandemic we have had even more opportunities to reflect and think about ourselves and our relationships to everything and everyone in our lives. I personally, have never seen education as a job, I have only seen and felt it as a lifetime’s vocation. What about you?

So in my presentation ‘I will ask you why is it that you do what you do?’ and explore with you why we must continue to champion creativity and creative subjects, and a way of life that is at the centre of being human.

About Susan

Susan is an artist and freelance visual art education advisor consultant, charity trustee, chair of governors, networker, public speaker, and critical friend. She works in the UK and internationally, in galleries, museums, and all phases of education, and represents Europe on the world council of the International Society for Education through Art, the official UNESCO organisation for visual art education globally. Susan is also secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art Craft and Design Education. Susan is an advocate for networking and bringing communities of practise together and this has been a signature part of a lifetime’s work in promoting and defending visual art education. Susan can be found on Twitter as @theartcriminal. Her mantra during the current pandemic has been ‘Let’s look at what we can do and not what we can’t do’.

Susan Coles

Gary Cunningham – Music Made Me: We Must Give it a Chance to Make Others

About the Session

Music made me who I am today. It gave me a purpose and something to work towards in life. Having initially struggled in school to find something I was “good at”, I was not the most confident of children. This was until I discovered this really amazing thing called Music and, it transpired that I was actually rather good at it. It was this discovery of Music and how it made me who I am today, that has shaped my life as a musician and music educator and my desire to mould the next generation of performers and teachers. This talk will not only tell my story, but its aim is also to inspire my fellow music educators to embrace the power of Music and use it to push students to become who they have always wanted to be!

About Gary

Gary Cunningham is a musician & music educator with experience in both primary and secondary education. Having also been a performer for over 10 years, he has been fortunate enough to perform at the Skegness Northern Soul Survivors Weekender and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. Gary’s extensive performance experience allows him to bring a unique methodology to his teaching along with the confidence to lead a classroom of varying ability and size. He is a long-term and passionate advocate for music education in schools who wants to use his years of performance and band leadership experience to create and nurture the musicians and music educators of the future. Overall, he’s excitement for teaching and learning is what drives him to become the best he can. Having Gary as a part of your learning environment will ensure that the best is brought out of your pupils at all times and show that no matter what a learner feels about themselves, they can achieve anything with the right amount of work, dedication and support from those around them.

Social media links




Instagram: @garyrcunningham

Twitter: @garyrcunningham

Gary Cunningham

D – K

Honey Dearsley – Mindful Origami

About the Session

Unfold your mind, reset and engage your sense of fun and creativity! All members of your family are welcome to have-a-go, ready to experience joy and satisfaction in creating models using paper and a few simple folds. Take time and enjoy this opportunity to try Mindful Origami & Meaningful Metaphor.

So let’s make springtime blooms in a step by step tutorial with me with just with A4 paper. Transform your mind and paper into beautiful results!

About Honey

Honey is an artist, a creator, a maker and a thinker with a varied career in education working with families and schools. Honey is a Graphics & Illustration BA Hons graduate, Montessori Nursery & Elementary educator, trained primary teacher and art specialist. Always curious, with a zest for learning and trying new things, Honey set up The Art Hive in July 2019 providing art clubs after school. You may know her on Twitter as @DearsleyArtHive or on Instagram (as Honey loves working in her community with senior living artists and adult artists with additional needs. She is currently creating online content for future workshops, devising practical well-being activities for young people, in addition to facilitating online sessions for families, colleges and conferences.

Honey Dearsley

Jean Edwards – Combining Sound and Art

About the Session

An introduction to digital tools and resources that can be used together to combine audio and images as a way into exploring art as a viewer; responding to art creatively or making art that is multi-sensory in nature. These approaches can be used by teachers as tools for teaching art or taught to pupils so that they can be the creators. The tools themselves can also be applied to other curriculum areas.

About Jean

Jean Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education and Science at the University of Northampton. She taught in primary schools for nineteen year as a class teacher, art coordinator, deputy head and head teacher before teaching in higher education. She is a BookCreator Ambassador and Apple Teacher with an interest in art education and using digital technology to support and inspire learning for children and students. Her book “Art in the primary school: creating art in the real and digital worlds”, written with colleagues Helen Caldwell and Rebecca Heaton, is published by Routledge on April 30th 2021. For the last five years she has been involved in an Erasmus Plus project called “Digital Learning across boundaries” working with pupils, teachers, students and academics in five European countries to explore how digital technology can support working together to solve problems and inspire creativity.

Twitter: @JeanEd70 and @fdltuon
Course blog:

Jean Edwards

Dilys Finlay – Like Being in an Art Gallery

About the Session

Let me take you on a walk around our school – sculptures have plinths, textiles are hung, paintings and drawings are framed. Yes it’s ‘like being in an art gallery’ as many visitors have said. Children are so proud about their art that the atmosphere when moving around the school is calm and respectful, the art is always a talking point for children, staff and visitors.

Beecroft Garden, a Primary School in South London, doesn’t have an art room. On an art day you can see the children’s excitement with the tables moved around, covered, everything removed and replaced with different tools. Changing the classroom like this allows the children to believe anything is possible. The art making takes place within the children’s familiar daily space where they learn their maths, science, writing, reading. This is often how the children have made meaningful connections between art and other subjects, vocabulary from all other areas of learning being used alongside an evolving art vocabulary.

My presentation will highlight examples of how children’s art – both individual and collaborative, develops curiosity, problem solving and resilience. The experience becomes transformative. Inspired also by many different artists that reflect the diversity in our school community and local area, the children become empowered, allowing them to explore different versions of themselves through art. They become agents for their own learning. Our ART GALLERY school is a testament to this!

About Dilys

Dilys Finlay studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, specialising in painting, installation and sculpture. After completing her degree, she worked in Adult Education before studying to become a Primary Teacher. Her passion for art has always been something she has used to inspire children to ask questions, see the world differently and encourage a strong visual vocabulary whenever possible.Feeling the need to reconnect with her art, Dilys resumed her studio practice, sold her art in group and solo exhibitions and was offered a part-time role as Art Specialist/Artist in Residence at a school in Southwark, South London.

Since 2011 Dilys has worked as the Art Specialist Teacher at Beecroft Garden Primary School in Lewisham, South London, working from Years 1 to 6, where children explore the entire curriculum using a huge variety of media, not only for drawing and painting, but for sculpture, textiles, photography, mosaics and installation. This art is shown regularly to the public both at school and in local galleries. One of the school’s major fundraising exhibitions was featured in London Live TV news. Dilys passionately believes that events like these as well as collaborations with visiting artists have allowed the children to aspire and be ambitious and is how Beecroft Garden has become a school with creative, skilled and confident children.

Dilys tweets at @artmember209

Dilys Finlay

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

About the Session

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.

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

Molly Hollman – Photography Outdoors

About the Session

Award-winning photographer Molly shows how getting into nature and taking photographs transformed her wellbeing – and can transform your too!

About Molly

Molly is Head of Music at a school in East Kent. Fifteen years ago she took up photography (no longer having time to do much painting or drawing). She has since taught music on Monday to Thursday and spent Fridays working on her photography; as well as landscapes and portraiture in the outdoors she specialises in flower and garden photography. She feels very strongly that spending time with a camera in nature can foster wellbeing and this is increasingly used by many who suffer with mental health conditions.

In 2020 Molly was a finalist in the Royal Horticultural Society Photography Competition for a portfolio of hydrangea photographs (results pending) and placed 2nd in the Close Up Photographer of the Year (Colour Challenge) competition. She was a finalist and received Highly Commended and Commended awards in the ‘Square Crop’ and ‘Beauty of Plants’ categories of International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition and was a Garden Photographer of the Year finalist (with the Professional Garden Photographers Association and Garden Media Guild). She was also a finalist in the Beauty of Plants and Social Media Categories of the RHS Photography Competition 2021 (results pending) and was shortlisted in the macro category of the British Photography Awards. With The Guild of Photographers she won Image of The Year in the ‘Flora and Insects’ category and was Runner Up in the overall Image of the Year 2020 – Judges’ Choice, besides achieving 3 golds, 9 silvers and 18 bronzes.

You can see her work at:

Molly Hollman

Anna Jones – Arts Award Qualifications – Enabling Young People's Creativity, Leadership and Communication

About the Session

Find out more about Arts Award – a set of unique qualifications for young people aged up to 25, which can be achieved at five levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The awards framework helps young people to develop as arts leaders. The awards enable and assess young people’s creative, communication and leadership skills.
Arts Award can be delivered in a wide variety of contexts – including schools, youth groups, arts, cultural and heritage organisations and across all art forms. Through Artswork, the Arts Award Leadership Network is a growing movement of organisations and leaders across the South East dedicated to the sustainable development of Arts Award across all settings and levels. Since the scheme began, combined Arts Award moderations have increased across participants within the network by up to 250%.

About Anna

Arts Award Leadership Network Mentor Anna Jones is an Arts Award Bronze and Silver trainer and Arts Award adviser at all levels. She has worked with children and young people across Slough and the South East to support their Arts Award journey, particularly in Libraries and Museums. She has experience of working with young people on their Arts Award Gold and supporting artistic development and funding applications to facilitate this. Anna is lead facilitator for the Arts & Culture pillar of The Inspiration Programme, managed by the Buckinghamshire based charity Action4Youth. This involves delivery of arts sessions and Arts Award for a wide range of participants – including young people at risk of exclusion and young people with special educational needs. Anna is a writer, theatre maker and creative producer of festivals and art installations.

Anna Jones

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Jen Langeskov – Philosophy for Children Through Visual Art

About the Session

P4C is an approach to teaching and learning which enhances children’s thinking and communication skills, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their academic attainment. In P4C, a stimulus, such as a story, video clip or artwork is shared with a group of children. The children are encouraged to generate big, engaging philosophical questions about the stimulus and develop creative and critical ways of thinking, encouraging independent voice, questioning and debating language. Listening & speaking skills improve, as well as reasoning, justification and critique; skills which can be transferred back into everyday learning. I use visual art as a method in which the pupils can respond to and articulate their thinking. I have developed a method in which the work of artists and designers are used for conceptual, thematic and technical inspiration, but are also in alignment with the original stimulus. Pupils have the opportunity to explore practical art skills and create a visual response to their thinking using painting, drawing, printing-making, sculpture, mixed media and photography. There is then an opportunity to critique their own work and each other’s, reflecting on their P4C thinking from the stimulus. Join me to hear more about this approach and get a flavour of how it could benefit your children and young people.

About Jen

Jen Langeskov is an artist and an educator. Having trained in Sculpture at Camberwell College of Art, UAL, she worked as an art and design teacher in numerous secondary schools both in London and Norwich, and more latterly she ran a creative art studio in an Infant School teaching Philosophy for Children(P4C) through Visual Art.

She has now established herself as a freelance artist educator, delivering P4C through visual art as CPD to schools in and around East Anglia. During her time in the T.A.R.D.I.S (Thinking, artistic, reflective, dialogue, imagination studio) she created a method in which a philosophical enquiry was carried out through in depth conversation and the process of creating and making was used to visually articulate ideas.

This method has heavily influenced her own practice as an artist. Her work is focused on young children’s naïve, but authentic philosophical thinking, using their intervention and collaboration to determine possible process and outcome.

Jen’s experience as an artist and as an educator has enabled a strong understanding of pedagogy and creative intervention. She is passionate about the arts and its place within schools and the wider community.

Jen Langeskov

Jennifer Linsdell – Using Creativity to Support Staff & Student Wellbeing in Education

About the Session

Mental Health in Further Education. Something which all of us want to understand better, although on the surface is something that most are just trying to cover with a band aid. I came into Education wanting to help students, what I found was students having increased negative feelings about their work and themselves because they see the stress their teachers are under. They see the daily struggles of marking, paperwork and scrutiny. They see us exhausting ourselves and are left confused. My research over the past three years has stemmed from exactly this realisation, that we need to help our staff before we can help our students. Across the sector we have seen a huge increase in the need to support both staff and students with their mental wellbeing.

My main focus was around utilising Art Therapy techniques which can explore your positive attitudes and emotions and allow yourself to build these over time. This session will look at the specifics of my research, as well as how you can adopt these into your own institutions. Simple, quick and effective tasks which will allow us to both understand and work with our own, and others mental health.

About Jennifer

Jennifer has a teaching career that has mainly explored teaching Level 2 & 3 qualifications in Art and Design, Graphic Design and Creative Digital Media Production. As Assistant Head of Arts in a sixth form, and moving into a new Head of Art, Film & Media role in September, Jennifer has build both BTEC and A Level qualifications which have allowed students to become extremely successful.

Aside from this, Jennifer has spent the past 3 years researching and exploring how Creativity can be used to support the mental wellbeing of both staff & students across the Education Sector. The research, and Masters in Arts & Education Practices that she has studied has led her on a journey which has included writing for InTuition, presenting at a range of research events such as #FEResearchMeet’s, the IDPA England conference, and now moving onto working with the OERxDomains21 conference. Jennifer’s passion predominately lies in Educational Research and supporting getting the smaller voices of Further Education heard, and this can be seen through her work on the #revEDlution every Tuesday at 9PM!

Twitter: @jnfrlinsdell

Jennifer Linsdell

Naomi Lord – Pupil-Led, Creative Projects within and Beyond School

About the Session

This session will explore how to set the groundwork for pupil-led community arts projects. It will delve into creative approaches to engage the school and wider-community to provide currency to the work in hand, as well as providing some practical examples of how to work with broader social relevance in a diverse landscape of arts, culture and heritage. The session will also provide practical examples of how to signpost creative career pathways and future skills by engaging in partnership networks.

About Naomi

Naomi Lord is Director of Creative Learning and Partnerships at Bolton School (Boys’ Division). The school is an Artsmark Platinum setting and Arts Award Centre. She manages the school’s cultural learning plan, Schools Together projects and community arts events. This work includes acting as a local steer in Bolton’s Cultural Educational Partnership and Cultural Leadership forums and as a regional steer on the development of creative habits of mind in North West schools with the Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning.

She is a Specialist Leader of Cultural Education (SLiCE) fellow with Curious Minds, currently working on co-created community arts opportunities across Bolton secondary schools with Manchester International Festival. She enjoys planning projects for non-traditional learning environments and enquiry-based, interdisciplinary curriculum design with live tasks and applied outcomes.

Twitter: @artscultureBSBD, @manifestoyour
Instagram: @arts.culture.ed, @your.manifesto

Naomi Lord

Michelle Mahoney – Everyone Can Dance! The Transformative Power of Dance

About the Session

No really, it’s true, everyone can dance! Some may need a little more coaching, more encouragement, more time, space to find their movement, but as humans we can all dance as we all use and move our bodies. Dance, or movement (as I often to refer to dance to so as to take away any ‘dance stigma’) in inherent in our bodies. The famous ABBA song ‘Thank You for the Music’ quotes that ‘I was a dancer before I could walk’, how many times have you heard a parent say this about their child? Babies have an innate reaction to music, they ‘dance’, yet just a few years later some children have already started to lose this, but why?

Sadly as we gain a sense of self we also gain the self-awareness that comes with this. This can lead to shyness, self-consciousness and sadly for many, body image issues. As a Community Dance Practitioner and teacher for 20 years I have developed methods to help people of all ages overcome the factors that prevent them from dancing/moving and find a freedom and voice through movement they didn’t know existed. This presentation uses a combination of case studies and session plans to help you utilise dance and movement within education.

About Michelle

Michelle Mahoney (nee Kettle) is a Community Dance Practitioner, Lecturer of Dance and Performing Arts and Dance Film Artist based in Wigan, Gtr. Manchester. Her life has been devoted to sharing her passion, knowledge and expertise in dance and creativity to others, using dance as a mode of communication, expression and intrigue. Michelle began her career in dance as an Irish Dancer, finding Contemporary Dance aged 16 whilst studying her A-Levels. This led her to study her degree in Dance at Chester University followed by a PGDip and Master of the Arts in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School.
Michelle worked extensively as a professional Dance Filmmaker whilst living in London, working alongside world renowned companies. Alongside this Michelle continued to teach dance, film and performance across the UK. Her freelance teaching work saw her cover the breadth of the UK, working with a huge range of people, from pre-school private ballet to young offenders. Michelle honed her teaching skills qualifying in a London comprehensive and today works at a Greater Manchester Sixth Form College and with Leigh Community Trust – working with people of all ages and backgrounds, from babies to her eldest dancer who is 104 years young.

Insta: @mamma_mindfulness and @leighcommunity

FB: @daducaLCT @mammamindfulness @leighcommunitytrust

Twitter: @LeighCommTrust

Michelle Mahoney

Christian Mba – The Medium Is the Message: Using Social Media to Teach Timeless Lessons

About the Session

“Can you go to the toilet? Why didn’t you go at break? You just had twenty minutes when you could have gone before class, for heaven’s sake. I want to start the lesson now and you want to leave the class, while the rest of the students in here have already completed the first task. Err…excuse me, why are you speaking? I’m a little confused. Just because I’m talking to somebody doesn’t give you an excuse. And why are you still in your trainers? You need to put on your shoes. Right! Johnny, you’re on a warn. If I speak to you again, you’ll have to move.”

These are lyrics from my TikTok: ‘The Teacher’s Anthem. It facetiously details the experience of many educators (and students) across the world and has been viewed 11.5 million times. It serves as a reminder to me that social media is a powerful tool in connecting others to ideas, especially young people. In this talk, I showcase some of the ways I have used the Arts and social media to connect my students to timeless concepts in English Literature and enrich their educational experience.

About Christian

Christian Mba is an English and Media teacher. Born and raised in London, he currently teaches in a school in the Midlands, having taught in London for over ten years. Christian has experience as a Senior Leader and School Governor with a MA in Educational Leadership. He is passionate about improving the life chances of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. He also works as a speaker, delivering revision workshops and motivational talks to young people across the UK. Christian is a digital content creator and can be found on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and most recently, TikTok as @iammistermba.

Christian Mba

Brian Mulligan – Newsliners – Helping Students to Engage Creatively with Current Events

About the Session

‘Every work of art is an uncommitted crime’ (Adorno)

This workshop looks at responding creatively to current affair/ ‘hot’ topics of interest to students- eg “Fake News” / Black Lives MatterDrawing on my experience as a comedy performer/ writerI will demonstrate how to use techniques such as parody to stimulate artistic work which comments on relevant news stories/issues/ concerns. I will also look at the ways Arthas entertained, raised awareness and challenged power (eg Pussy Riot/ Ai Weiwei). I will then look at the contemporary work of artists Coldwater Steve/ Bull Overman and the short form video of Rosie Holt/ Michael Spicer/ SarahCooper. How do we help students to engage with such ideas? We ask them what they care about…stand back, listen and learn. Then we guide them with how to by demonstrating the forms/ tools they can utilise for their expression.

About Brian


Now – Principal Examiner Media A Level/ Tutoring Film Studies/Coach creating performance scripts/ Writing chapter on History of Alt Com for Palgrave publishing

Then – Long standing Head of Media at Outstanding 6th FormCollege, ran courses at other Colleges and at Brit SchoolTaught Media/ Film and Drama at Level 2 and 3BA Goldsmiths/ PGCE(FE) -Greenwich


Now – Media Education Association – executive member(pressure group)/ Newsliners – non profit live social media live performances

Then – Founder member Red Wedge, Artists Against Apartheid,appeared at benefit gigs for Greenpeace/ Amnesty/CND/ TerenceHiggins Trust/ War On Want Performer/ Writer – satirical comedy for Radio 1/Channel 4/ BBC 2/Capital/ BBC1/ BT Sport/ BSkyB plus live shows atarts centres/colleges. clubs, festivals including Edinburgh and Glastonbury


Now – Producer/ Bookings/ Logistics live events Newsliners/Lead team ofExaminers. Leading team of creatives on Ace of Clubsgraphic novel/TV Drama (in development)

Then – Led teams of teachers, analysed data, standardisedcoursework.Facilitated research project for Penguin books viaoxyresearch. NUT School/ LA repRan staff training in Equality and Creativity/ Videoediting

Twitter @multigums

Brian Mulligan

Amy Mulvenna – Widening Art Provisions for Children and Families during Lockdown: Where Next? London South Art Hub Case Study

About the Session

In January 2021 a third national lockdown was announced. Schools across the UK worked tirelessly as learning moved online once again. Recognising the great need for art and creativity at this time, a small team based at Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark, London, launched London South Art Hub. Their aim was to create a free and open-access website for visual art education. London South Art Hub hosts lessons for all primary aged children aged 4-11, an online gallery, and further serves as a meaningful vehicle for established artists to engage with children and vice versa. Four months on, the team reflect on their journey: on challenges faced and overcome; on making connections with art educators, on the successes realised in engaging children with art in new ways, and the impact the Art Hub has had on young learners. A key consideration is the question of new directions for London South Art Hub going forwards.

About Amy

Dr Amy Mulvenna is a teacher and researcher invested in arts-based, creative approaches to participatory research with children and young people. She is, by admission, a child person, a map person, and a make-a-mess person! Her recently completed PhD project explored children’s creative mapping praxis in Belfast, offering insights into children’s everyday political practices and geographies in what remains an ostensibly divided society. Pivotal to her research design and methodology is the child’s right to take part in creative activity; specifically, where it relates to their personal geographies and sense of place. Amy’s specific areas of research interests intersect children’s creative geographies and critical approaches to children’s literature – the focus of her Master’s degree. She has published in the Journal of Childhood Studies, the Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography, and Entanglements Journal, and has contributed to a number of edited collections published by Routledge. Amy is currently teaching at Charles Dickens PS, an outstanding inner-London primary school. She is also co-creator and content coordinator of London South Art Hub: a free online learning research for educators, children and their families, which aims to widen access to quality Art education for all.

Amy Mulvenna

Suzanne Norris – Textiles: Past, Present and Future

About the Session

Imagine a world without textiles. Imagine what you would wear. Imagine what you would sleep in. Imagine how you would dry yourself after a shower. Imagine how you would dress a wound. Imagine how you would stay dry whilst out walking in the hills. Imagine what you would use to replace a cornea. Imagine what you would use to suppress weeds in the garden. Textiles are all around us and we use them every day. This presentation will look at how textiles have been used in the past, their current functions and what the future holds for textiles. It aims to open your eyes to some of the less obvious non-apparel uses of textiles and make you realise you couldn’t live without textiles.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Norris, a University of Leeds BSc Textiles Studies (Engineering) first class honours graduate, is head of the design and technology faculty at Arnold Hill Spencer Academy, a large comprehensive secondary school in Nottinghamshire. Suzanne started her career working in the textiles industry before retraining in teaching in 2007 graduating from Nottingham Trent University. Additionally, she is a member of WomenEd and is passionate about both design and technology teaching and learning and furthering the careers of women in education. She continues to develop her research and is currently undertaking an NPQSL qualification.

Twitter: @Suzique1971 and @ArnoldHillDT

Suzanne Norris

Lizana Oberholzer – Developing learners’ voices by reimagining creative writing opportunities and giving learners creative agency to support their wellbeing

About the Session

Using weekly creative writing challenges of less than a 100 words to help learners to capture their experiences, share stories and give them agency to cope with their challenges in a time of crisis and challenge. These creative expressions and shared experiences provide opportunities for learners to share, come to terms with their challenges and reimagine new opportunities and ways forward. Some learners enhance their written work with their own photographic images too. This case study reflects the positive impact creative writing can have to unlock learners’ potential, find their own voices, and enhance their wellbeing through communities of practice.

About Lizana

Lizana Oberholzer is a Senior Lecturer in teacher education/ programme lead for the MA -Leadership in Education and MA in Education, at the School of Education and Communities at the University of East London. She is passionate about teacher development and is the BERA SIG Convenor for Teacher Education in England, BAMEed Steer Group Member, WomenEd Regional Lead for London, CMI Women in Management Steer Group Member, CMI Fellow, Chartered College of Teaching Founding Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, CollectiveED Fellow, Vice Chair of the UCET CPD Forum, and MAT Director. Lizana is the Chartered College of Teaching Network Lead, at the University of East London, and leads on the joint WomenEd and Chartered College of Teaching Early Career Teacher Annual Unconference. Lizana supports the IPDA Annual conference as a Co-Chair of the conference committee and is a committee member of the IPDA England Association.


Lizana Oberholzer

Nic Owen – How Can Drama Support Our Children's Wellbeing?

About the Session

“The arts aren’t just important because they improve math scores, they are important because they speak to parts of children’s being which are otherwise untouched.” – Sir Ken Robinson

“Doing Drama” has often been associated with building a child’s confidence or self-esteem and although these are sometimes bi-products of taking part in drama sessions, drama in fact is rather vital in building our children’s emotional intelligence and the freedom of their thinking.

Drama can create so many learning opportunities for empathy, compassion, kindness, reflection and resilience. All of which are key factors in maintaining good wellbeing and developing our young people into well-rounded, kind human beings. In this session, the five areas of wellbeing will be explored through five very simple examples of the drama- based workshops offered by Nic Owen to Primary school children.

About Nic

Nic is a primary trained teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. She is a mum of two teenage boys, and the Director of Zennic Wellbeing Ltd.

During her teaching career, Nic has successfully coordinated the pastoral care side of the curriculum, taking the lead in RE, PSHE, PE and Mental Health and Wellbeing. Her child-centered approach sees her train and work with children, young adults, parents, teachers, senior leaders and outside agencies that support children and young adults within their role.

She firmly believes that in supporting others with their wellbeing, everyone can then help to support children to become happy learners. Nic offers a variety of courses, creative workshops, and educational programmes to give people the tools to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Giving people the skills to use the techniques taught, to acknowledge their thoughts, regulate their emotions, build their resilience and enrich their daily lives. Her work with Primary Schools sees Pip, The Positive Pixie develop creative workshops involving drama and art therapy.

Nic is dedicated to work together with schools, colleges, FE, Local Authorities and the corporate world to improve mental health and wellbeing for all.

Contact Details
You can contact Nic Owen Via e-mail-
Twitter @ZennicW or @Sphoenix78

Instagram – Zennic_wellbeing

Or via her Website

Nicola Owen

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Loaneen Palmer-Carroll – Using Art as Therapy as a tool for Behavior Management

About the Session

The job of a classroom teacher can be very challenging both face to face and on online. One of the major challenges is the disruptive behavior of some students. The education system is plagued with children that disrupt the smooth flow of teaching and learning with disorderly behavior.

The content of my presentation include the journey that I embarked on with a group of high school students with behavioral challenges and how I used art as therapy to assist in improving their behavior. Sample of students work, journals, informal interviews, and anecdotal records were used to collect data about the students’ level of responsiveness to their teachers and peers.

About Loaneen

‘Whatever her mind can conceive with Christ she can achieve’
Loaneen Palmer-Carroll is a Technical and Vocational Educational Officer. She is a mother of 4 and has over 18 years’ experience in education. Her passion for always going beyond the call of duty in getting a job done and assisting others, especially students, earned her the TVET teacher of the year 2014-2015, Master Teacher, and Lasco Teacher of the Year 1st Runner-up 2014-2015. She joined the Education Officers core in June 2016 and has not slowed down since. She is now an Expert for Graphics Design in the prestige World Skills International TVET Competition. Mrs Palmer-Carroll has stated a Visual Arts Professional Learning Community (PLC) in Region 5 that has significantly assisted in improving the percentage passes of the schools that she has been working with at the CSEC level. She has also successfully instigated and staged three Annual Visual Arts Exhibition in Region 5, that has helped both students and teachers see the impact and importance of Visual Arts. She has recently been featured in the media on various stations teaching Visual Arts. She believes in this quote by Pablo Picasso that “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Her passion for the Visual Arts and working with children has impressed upon her the willingness to conduct a second research on “Using Art as therapy as a tool for behaviour management”. Mrs Palmer-Carroll believes that life’s journey can be a rewarding one; once you use your mistakes to inform your voyage.

Loaneen Palmer-Carroll

Holly Powell-Jones – Social Media: 5 Legal Risks All Teens Should Know About

About the Session

Did you know that sharing a video online could lead to a prison sentence or get you sued?
How much do you really know about what’s risky to share in the digital age?

Dr Holly PJ is a TV and radio journalist turned educator who specialises in media law and ethics for the digital generation. This 15minute interactive, youth-friendly video presentation will provide a quick overview of 5 key risks that all social media users should be aware of.

Easy access to technology has made ‘media whizzes’ of us all, but schools often struggle to keep up with criminal, legal and ethical risks facing pupils in this brave new world. Holly has worked with tens of thousands of young people delivering workshops on this topic and completed a PhD in youth understandings of ‘risk’ online.

Her presentation will highlight examples of social media content that could lead to trouble with police or the courts, plus signpost further resources and support on this topic.

Content warning: discussion of criminal subject matter. Recommended for ages 11+.

About Holly

Dr Holly Powell-Jones is the founder of Online Media Law UK, specialising in research, training, and consultancy on media law and ethics for the digital age. She started with an undergrad degree in Drama & Theatre, before working as a broadcast journalist in TV and radio and has been running youth digital media workshops since 2012. 

She has a PhD in youth understandings of risk & responsibility online (City, University of London). Since then, she’s designed and delivered large scale police funded projects educating children in schools and worked on several research projects related to social media, youth, crime, law, human rights, and online safety. Holly is the Online Law Leader for the Global Equality Collective and a Violent Crime Prevention Board award winner for 2020.


Twitter: @OnlineMediaLaw or @Holly_PJ


Holly Powell-Jones

Claire Pring – It's Your Move

About the Session

When I was growing up there were so many dance films around ‘Fame’, ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Footloose’ to name a few, these days we have ‘Strictly’, ‘The Greatest Dancer’ and ‘The Next Step’. Which is great, fabulous even… but I do think they imply that dancing is about learning & replicating steps and for anyone training to become a professional performer this is certainly a significant part of preparation for the job, but from an educational point of view it is a very small part of the equation.

When I see children copying movement sequences, I find myself thinking ‘what are they learning?’ Now there are some very skilled teachers out there that will be able to highlight the physical skills and explain the compositional elements of this way of delivering – but working through a creative process will still enable the children to develop these qualities whilst capitalising on their compositional and analytical skills; promote discussion; be more inclusive; allow for differentiation and inspire those that do not naturally gravitate towards the subject.

And it’s so much easier for the teacher to guide through questionings rather than shouting 5,6,7 and!… So, hand it over to them… tell them ‘It’s Your Move’.

About Claire

Upon graduating from Middlesex University, Claire taught in London for a number of years before joining Cheshire Dance firstly as an animateur, then progressing to the role of director. After eight years she returned to education as an Advanced Skills Teacher alongside completing her MA in Dance Studies.

Currently Claire combines a number of roles including Lead Practitioner for Dance for Derbyshire County Council; Ambassador for the Royal Opera House’s ‘Create & Dance’ alongside delivering training for organisations such as One Dance UK and People Dancing.

Recently she published ‘First Steps in Teaching Dance’ a guide for non-specialist primary teachers; ‘Making A Move’ – dance lessons that respond to Covid19 guidance and regularly contributes to ‘TES Resources’ as well as writing & presenting ‘Step-by-Step’ for BBC Teach on the delivery of high-quality dance in primary schools & the primary dance lessons for Oak National Academy.
Twitter @cpringdance

Claire Pring

National Drama

Session 1 – Zeena Rasheed – Inspired by Theatre: Lockdown Devising with Y9

Zeena teaches Drama in Penistone, Barnsley and has worked in a range of roles and schools for over twenty years, and enjoyed pastoral and leadership roles. She has written articles championing drama for all children as a specialist subject, and led active workshops and CPD online and in person. Her special interests include representation, identity and diversity, teaching drama in ways that foster empathy, confidence and supportive groupwork, and teaching contemporary theatre in schools. She is Vice Chair of National Drama and Chair of Lung Theatre. Zeena studied at Bretton, Homerton, and holds an MA from Central School. She holds AST and Leadership qualifications.

Zeena Rasheed

Session 2 – Carolyn Bradley – Introducing Students to Analysing Theatre

Carolyn is Head of Drama, Lead Practitioner for Teaching and Learning and a Specialist Leader of Education based in Leeds. She is an examiner and moderator for GCSE and A Level Drama, and an arts education consultant, working with theatre companies to produce resources for schools. She currently sits on a national roundtable group tasked with making the drama curriculum more representative, and is working with Pearson to introduce more representative drama set texts. Her research interests are the socio-emotional potential of drama, the role of drama in the curriculum and character education. She is a member of National Drama and supports the Executive Committee with marketing and communications.

Carolyn Bradley

Session 3 – Steve Wood – Love to Laugh – Welcome to the Commedia Universe

Steve is Head of Drama at the Stonehenge School, he enjoys the challenges of coordinating a curriculum and having the thrill of mapping out opportunities for his students. He is passionate about the power of arts education for young people across the country and believes Drama is the golden ticket to a world of creativity and belonging. Steve is part of the Executive team at National Drama working alongside the editorial team in gathering student voices, resources and reviews. Steve was an official lesson creator with Oak Academy and in his spare time leads youth companies and is an accomplished cook. It is his belief that every child should have access to a rich and meaningful arts education as standard. He recently hosted a Zoom visit with actress and ND Patron Jess Hynes which created a real buzz. He works to inspire his students through positivity and determination and also looks forward to what the future holds for arts education.

Steve Wood

Session 4 – Merriel McDowell – The Practicalities of Productions with KS1/2 During Covid 19

Merriel currently works as a Drama and Dance teacher in Woodford Green, Essex and is due to complete a PGCE in Secondary Drama teaching in September. After training at Birmingham School of Acting and Manchester School of Theatre she worked at a professional actress in theatre and TV. With a particular passion for new writing, she enjoyed working with emerging and established writers and was immensely privileged to perform new work by Penelope Skinner at The Royal Court Theatre. She enjoys creative writing herself and is continuing to develop her writer’s voice through scripts and stories. Alongside this she was connecting creatively with children and young people in variety of roles such as working as a Drama practitioner with the National Citizen Service and delivering Theatre in Education with Saltmine Theatre Company. In her current role she oversees the drama curriculum for KS1-3 and both directs and manages multiple school productions throughout the year. Through drama education she strives to engage, inspire, and develop the creative talents of students of all ages as well as equipping them to tell their own stories and empathise with others.

Merriel McDowell

Session 5 – Matthew Nichols – Stories from the Drama Classroom

Matthew Nichols is head of drama at Manchester Grammar School, a sought-after drama education consultant and Series Editor of student editions of plays for Methuen Drama; his first book, The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide, is available now (Bloomsbury, £17.99); follow him on Twitter at @matthew_drama

Matthew Nichols

Bronte Reitsema – Art and the Outdoors – Serotonin Bonanza

About the Session

Art and the Outdoors- Serotonin Bonanza aims to explore the idea that art and outdoor education are intertwined. Our natural environment, especially within the Australian outback, is majestic, mysterious, expressive and colourful; holding so much potential for people to explore the unknown and challenge themselves to see the world from a different perspective.
From my position as a trained Visual Arts teacher who has worked in outdoor education for three years, my aim is to encourage participants to experiment with the materials of nature through continual exposure to the outdoors, reaping the benefits of Serotonin which stabilises mood and regulates emotion control. Through the boost in serotonin, anxiety levels, especially in high school aged people, significantly decline, allowing them to amplify their creative thinking within their personal life and build strong relationships with the peers around them.

Building relationships through outdoor education and artistic creation enables participants to comprehend who they really are as a person and learn more about what they are able to fully achieve as individuals.

About Bronte

Bronte Reitsema is a young Australian trained Visual Art Teacher who, for the last two years, has worked in Alternative Provision in Buckinghamshire, England. Now back in New South Wales, Australia, Bronte has chosen to work in Outdoor Education as a campsite instructor where she is able to combine her two loves of Art and the outdoors to educate and inspire young people to challenge themselves and their perceptions of the world around them. Bronte believes that art is constantly seen throughout the natural environment and should be shared with people of all ages and abilities.

A self confessed ‘trueblue Aussie’ Bronte is passionate about sharing her adventures and the challenges she has faced throughout her travels. Bronte is vocal about the importance of Art in education and how fostering relationships with children and young people develops deeper connections and understanding. Bronte is constantly striving to understand and explore new situations and loves to chat with everyone she meets.

Social media
Twitter- @brontereitsema
Instagram- Tassie-tt

Bronte Reitsema

Hywel Roberts and Debra Kidd – Making it Matter: Curriculum Investment Through Drama and Story

About the Session

In this session, Hywel and Debra will share their work around Drama, story and pupil investment in their own learning resulting in richer outcomes. Hywel and Debra will present the research and theory that underpins their work whilst offering delegates numerous examples of what Drama pedagogy can do for their pupils. These worked examples are authentic and are based on Hywel and Debra’s own unique approaches in REAL classrooms with REAL children across the globe.

About Hywel and Debra

With nearly sixty years of teaching experience between them, Debra and Hywel work closely with schools across the world supporting them in their pursuit of great learning cultures for their students.

Debra and Hywel co-wrote the popular call to the professional imagination ‘Uncharted Territories’. More recently Debra has written ‘A Curriculum of Hope’, whilst Hywel’s next book, ‘Botheredness: Stories, Stance and Pedagogy’ will be published in late 2021.

Always keen to contribute to the education conversation, Debra and Hywel do so with warmth and wit.

@Debra Kidd @Hywel_Roberts

Hywel Roberts
Debra Kidd

Jane Ryder – Enhancing and Engaging Learning Through the Arts

About the Session

In this presentation Jane will share how the arts are used to enhance learning at Sidegate Primary School, a three-form entry school in Ipswich, Suffolk. She will cover practical aspects alongside pedagogy of using the arts to embed learning.

Jane will talk about a recent two year research £150,000 Teacher Development project she helped lead: Embedding Learning Through The Arts with a Focus on Vocabulary, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This involved nine primary schools across The Active Learning Trust and Jane will share the impact this has had.

Her passion for the arts will shine through as she talks about working with arts and cultural organisations and the importance of sustaining those relationships.

Jane is dedicated to seeking new opportunities and avenues to embed learning through the arts.

About Jane

Jane is an experienced teacher, Lead Practitioner, and the Arts and Culture Lead at Sidegate Primary School in Ipswich. She leads arts and culture across the school, developing a breadth and creativity to the curriculum. She successfully led the school to achieve ArtsMark Platinum. Jane is the Lead CALSA (Culture and Arts Leader for Schools and Academies) for The Active Learning Trust, championing the arts across the MAT. She supports and networks with schools and teachers. Jane became a Fellow of The Chartered College of Teaching in June 2020. She is also on the board of Ipswich LCEP and recognizes the importance of working together with arts and culture organizations, building sustainable and lasting relationships to support and enrich learning within schools.

Jane is passionate about embedding the expressive arts within the school’s curricula and supporting other educators in putting that vision into practice. She believes that immersion in arts and culture activities provide opportunities for all children to develop the skills to be innovative, creative thinkers, who become active participants in their learning. She has developed a coaching and mentoring model to support others to identify opportunities to weave music, dance, drama, and visual art, into the curriculum.

Twitter: @jane_janieryder

Jane Ryder

Harmeet Sahota – Is Your Curriculum Fit for Purpose for Every Child?

About the Session

Is league table performance more important than student wellbeing? Are we as schools contributing to the steep rise in exclusions? This presentation will explore how the curriculum has narrowed over the last 7 years looking at the correlation of the introduction of the EBacc and the:

  • increase in exclusions
  • increase in student NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • increase in mental health cases amongst students

The session will also look at the goals of Curriculum Wide discussing the following points:

  • the importance of the creative arts
  • the need for a variety of student centred subjects to be offered in schools
  • the importance of offering an accessible curriculum for every learner

About Harmeet

Harmeet Sahota is a part-time Senior Assistant Headteacher in a school in North West London, Regional Lead for the Edtech Demonstrator Programme, Google Innovator and Consultant. Harmeet is committed to advocating an inclusive curriculum and the founder of, a platform that provides schools with the information they need to create a student centred curriculum for their learners, empowering students and supporting the reduction of exclusions and student NEETs.

Social media links:
Twitter: @HarmeetSahota

Harmeet Sahota

Helen Turner – Shouting Out – Authentic Voices in Performance

About the Session

Act On It puts drama in everyday settings to improve communication, creativity and confidence. The Act On It way of working engages and develops future skills for employability.

Act On It gives children and young people a voice and develops their confidence alongside a sense of ownership and belonging. Activities are inclusive, diverse voices are celebrated and hidden talents revealed.

Our current project portfolio includes a creative collaboration that aims to support young people through participation in a creative conversation and the making of new theatre. This includes the Shouting Out, Getting Out and Get Out projects.

We will talk about how we represent authentic voices in our work and cover how our work goes through the key stages of explore, develop, realise and review.

We work directly with young people as well as offering training for teachers and workshops for people who would like to develop skills for using drama in a wide range of settings. We’ve been holding online drama sessions that give marginalised young people a new opportunity to find their voice and express it and more hope and optimism to look forward to the next part of their lives.

About Helen

After growing up in the North of England, Helen went to London and trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School and has an M.A. in Arts Management from Sussex University.

Helen worked as an actor before teaching at the BRIT School and she went onto build her professional career in education and lead a vibrant Performing Arts department in a large FE College where she progressed to Artistic Director.

In 2004, Helen took the bold step to bringing her skills and her lived experience together as co-founder of Act On It, a not for profit social enterprise. Act On It takes a drama based approach to improve the lives of others. Helen believes work should make you happy, and Act On It has been a brilliant undertaking and a voyage of discovery! Helen continues to look for pioneering ways Act On It can make a difference.

For over 15 years, Helen has developed a portfolio of senior assessment roles with leading exam boards, bringing her wealth of teaching experience and her passion and belief in creative education to her work.

Helen is a team player, a leader and a strategic thinker, who values those she works with.

Helen Turner

Darrell Wakelam – Cardboard Construction – 3D Birds

About the Session

Darrell will explain some of the basic construction techniques he uses to create his cardboard sculptures and in the process he will explore them by making 3D birds. These sculptures will involve simple, easy to learn, methods and will require just basic materials . . . if you want to join in you will simply need a pair of scissors, a roll of tape and some scrap cardboard that is thin enough for you to cut, fold and bend into shapes. A cereal box will be adequate!

About Darrell

Darrell is a visual artist based in Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast.

He provides tailor-made art workshops, projects and staff training sessions for schools, museums, theatres and other educational organisations using methods and techniques he has developed throughout his career.

The majority of his work is made up of 3D models, masks and sculptures created using cardboard construction, paper mache and collage techniques. These range from simple ‘one fold’ ideas to much more complex and elaborate models which sometimes take days to complete.

Darrell has been providing art workshops for over thirty years and has worked for hundreds of different clients nationwide. He has experience of working with children and young people of all ages and abilities and from a diverse variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Over this time Darrell has built up a strong reputation as an innovative and inspiring teacher.

Darrell Wakelam

Holly Williamson – Prompts with Feelings – Reflection for All Ages

About the Session

There has been a rising interest in bullet journalling, gratitude journals and meditation which has worked wonders for many, but how can you get children involved? Or teenagers? Or maybe someone who just isn’t very confident with words? In this presentation you will see a demonstration on how you can use household objects to instigate reflective practice and expression. It could be a plant, a pack of playing cards, a fork or some carpet. Not only will this get the participant to think about how they are feeling but it will also help with language skills as adjectives will be key. This sort of practice can take one minute to one day if you really wanted it to; a wonderful way to connect with objects around you and of course, yourself.

About Holly

Holly came from working as a freelance artist to do teacher training in level 1 and 3 art and English, this progressed on to her current role utilising her degree teaching level 3 criminology at The Manchester College. Creativity is not left behind as she often spends time drawing, painting, making clothes, taking part in health and wellbeing activities and getting involved in makers markets. Holly is a firm believer that creativity can unlock the learning potential in all students studying any subject no matter how academic.

Currently Holly’s focus in art is how to use it for reflective practice which can be accessible for all ages. This was inspired by a selection of drawings and paintings she embarked upon over a number of years expressing her own moods and mental health through that period. When she started teaching she understood the benefit of this as a way for younger (or older) people to express and explore themselves. Working with characters has been another focus which has earned Holly publications in Frisson Comics alongside her poetry.

Holly Williamson

Aaron Winstanley – Creative Curriculums with Tayasui SketchesSchool

About the Session

This session covers an introduction to the power of digital sketching and its role within the everyday primary curriculum. It will provide pupils with knowledge and let them explore their own creativity as they consolidate learning, create content and master subject areas. Tayasui SketchesSchool is a highly accessible application that can be used as a blank canvas to create virtually anything! Hear how I have developed a Design and Technology curriculum based heavily around digital sketching, something that is now bigger than I could have ever imagined. It is part of every subject, every lesson and everyday life at Bolton Junior Boys’ School.

About Aaaron

Having started teaching at Bolton Junior Boys’ School in 2018, I have introduced Design and Technology as a subject at the primary level. In 2019, I became an Apple Distinguished Educator and, in 2020, a Sphero Hero. I have been pioneering the use of creative technology within Design and Technology, mainly through digital sketching, coding and 3D Printing.

Twitter: winstanley_mr

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Aaron Winstanley

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