Making the Case for the Arts: Conference for LBWF Educators

  • Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 29 March 2019
  • 09:30 - 15:30
  • Arrival and refreshments from 9-9.30pm

    Conference presentations until 2.30pm followed by a networking slot until 3.30pm for teachers and arts organisations to meet each other

    Free to LBWF educators and art organisations but a cancellation fee will be payable,  £40 to non LBWF. Refreshements and light lunch provided.

    For more details and to book please see Eventbrite page


Featuring leading speakers such as artist Bob & Roberta Smith and Arts HMI Susan Aykin, we will present research & case study evidence of the intrinsic benefits of arts projects as well as their effectiveness in supporting a range of strategic school goals such as literacy, improved motivation and access to further education.

This event launches  a new Cultural Education Partnership for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 19 to help us work together to improve young people's access to the arts. This event is aimed at senior leaders and arts teachers to support advocacy for the arts within schools 



Councillor Paul Douglas, Cabinet member for culture                         

Welcome: Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 19


Sharon Trotter. Education Partnerships Manager, LBoC19

Introduction to Waltham Forest’s Cultural Education Partnership


Keynote speeches


Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist and arts education campaigner

The case for creativity: ‘All schools should be Art schools’


Holly Donagh, Partnership Director, A New Direction

on an overview of current research on the impacts of cultural learning


Will Millard, Head of Policy Advocacy at LKMco,  an education and youth ‘think and action-tank’

Creative Writing in schools

Key evaluation findings from this Arts Council 3 year programme


Susan Aykin, Her Majesty’s Inspector and National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts

 The new OFSTED assessment framework and its implications for the arts in schools









Case studies



Jane Hargreaves, Commissioning Director Education, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Benefits for  young people of Barking & Dagenham’s 3 year Cultural Education Partnership


Graham Clifford, head teacher of Willowbrook Primary 

The challenges and benefits of championing the Arts


Kerri Sellens, Teacher, Lansbury Lawrence Primary

Art Room project

Children from y6 worked with architects to design an art exhibition space for the school 



Leyton Sixth Form College Theatre Group, introduced by  Director/Acting Tutor Justin Pierre

 ‘X+Y’ an all-male cast explores the issue of ‘toxic masculinity’- a contributory factor to youth violence and mental health issues in young males.





Lunch break – Vegetarian sandwiches, fruit and nibbles



Jimmy Rotheram, Music Co-ordinator, Feversham Primary Academy; nominee global teacher award

From ‘special measures’ to ‘outstanding’: How  music and embedding the arts helped transform school performance


Jane Sillis, Director of Engage. National Association of Gallery Education and

Peter Gregory, former president of the National Society of Education in Art & Design; Principal Lecturer,  Teacher Education and Development, Christchurch University Canterbury

The power of the visual arts:

Drawing on evidence and case study examples from Engage’s Enquire and Generation Art projects


Jane Sillis & Peter Gregory

Break out discussion – Achieving more arts provision in schools?


Sharon Trotter

Closing remarks; evaluation




Tea and networking:

Artist’s market place

Presentation by London College of Fashion

Artists and arts organisations are invited to create small table display

Education initiatives for LBWF Schools:

 Innovation Challenge,  New London Curriculum Fashion Unit, to launch in

WF Autumn