An interactive toolkit to help teachers and schools more effectively use and promote the arts and cultural education
When I was working at A New Direction, a social enterprise connecting young people and education with the arts and culture, I designed a toolkit for teachers to effectively use and promote the arts and cultural education as a critical component of a balanced, exciting curriculum.
The toolkit consists of basic guidance and definitions of terms, top tips for success, exercises and activities, and a list of relevant resources for further research and discussion. Some sections also include case studies of schools that have been particularly successful at delivering exciting arts activity. Each section can be used as a stand-alone guide, or taken as a whole. Most of what’s in the toolkit has been inspired directly by best practice in schools.
My aim for the project was to make it as engaging and easy as possible for teachers to use by trying out creative tools with their students or themselves.
MY ROLE - I designed the concept and structure of the toolkit as well as the activities. I was also involved in finalising the contents during the process. I designed the visual identity of the toolkit and managed the printing process.
The toolkit was launched in the school’s conference day in 2015, where over 110 teachers and senior leaders from schools across London as well as arts and cultural organisations and experts attended. It is also downloadable here for free so anyone can print and try it out.