On Wednesday we held our first Arts Teachmeet at the CLC. Spurred into action by requests from teachers for more opportunities to share creative ideas and projects, the event followed the tried and tested Teachmeet format of informal sharing over wine and nibbles (in this case Tooting’s finest somasas!).

For more info on what a Teachmeet actually is see the useful introductory video courtesy of Dughall McCormick http://goo.gl/gzTMb

On the night there were some great examples of creative practice in schools;

Nicola from Sunnyhill Primary talked about their innovative curriculum focus –aiming to ensure all their pupils experience London’s rich cultural offer and embedding arts visits into the curriculum.

Tricia from Dunraven showed us their brilliant production blog  http://ozatdunraven.blogspot.com Students created the blog to accompany their production of The Wizard of Oz – with regular updates on rehearsals, behind the scenes photos and interactive voting on which charity proceeds should go to. This created a buzz around the performance and acted as a brilliant marketing tool – the show was a sell out!

Rachel from Heathbrook Primary shared the experience of having an orchestra ‘in residence’  in their school. A fantastic three year relationship with the Philharmonia.

News on projects and resources available to schools came from Royal Opera House (http://www.roh.org.uk/education/index.aspx ), Tate (http://www.tate.org.uk/learning/schools/ ), Southbank Centre (http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/) , LONSAS ( www.lonsas.org.uk  )and The Garden Museum (http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/learning ). Plus insights into innovative online projects from http://www.nightzookeeper.com/ and www.creative-generation.org.uk

It was a great evening of sharing, with teachers going home with armfuls of free resources, information on further CPD  and some good contacts for future arts partnerships . Lots of positive conversations and networking over those famous samosas and a glass of wine.

It would be great to have more even presentations from teachers at the next event. I know many teachers are amazing in front of a class of children, but get really nervous at the thought of public speaking to adults. But it’s so important to share what is actually happening in schools, it’s great CPD, and it creates a buzz around creative classroom practice.  So come on teachers of London; we challenge you! Come and take over our next Teachmeet…

Check out the hashtag #TMLambeth for the twitter feed, with links and other blog posts.

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