Arts, Projects

Confident Creators programme

Our schools firmly believe that the arts is an essential part of a child’s education, and using the arts as a tool for learning is a valuable skill for teachers to support pupils in their classrooms. Over the last 2 years we have been supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund ( to research and develop Using the Arts to develop Growth Mindset and embedding the arts into the curriculum through our joint programme with Windmill cluster and Pegasus Opera – Confident Creators. The programme has allowed 20 teachers a year to work in partnership with expert arts practitioners in Art, Music and Drama and involved over 1000 children using the arts to access Maths, Science, English, PSHE and cross curricula topics.

Key elements to the Confident Creators approach are a focus on supporting the arts process (rather than the outcome), encouraging children to talk about their learning, question, reflect, try again, and working collaboratively.

Whilst the pandemic meant we had to halt our face to face teacher and classroom sessions, we have been able to resume teacher training online and are now producing a suite of resources that use the rich learning from the project to support any teacher in the future to use the arts in their classroom.

Poetry, Projects, Uncategorized

Poetry Masterclass at the Black Cultural Archives

Last week 24 young poets joined Adisa the Verbaliser at the Black Cultural Archives’ beautifully renovated and extended Georgian building in Windrush Square to explore the rich heritage of of African and Caribbean men and women who have impacted on British society. Children from Christ Church, Loughborough, Stockwell and Jessop Primary schools worked together to produce poetry together – all in a 2 hour inspiring morning. One young poet commented" I wish I could put Adisa in my bag and take him back to school"!

Projects, Uncategorized

BLC Task Force Presentations

members of staff from the BLC have been working together for the last 6 weeks on 2 specific topics in order to share practice, take part in peer evaluation and impact positively across the cluster schools. The staff looked at Marking and Feedback and Providing Challenge in Literacy and Communication across the Phases. The presentations of the teachers’ work is summarised here. The staff taking part reporting it was very useful to work together and visit each other’s settings. Similar work is planned going forward as well as dissemination of the work across the cluster.

Literacy Task force (1).pptx

Marking and Feedback BLCpresentation.pptx


New BLC SENCO forum set up

Yesterday the new BLC SENCO forum held its first meeting at Christ Church Primary SW9. The group has been set up to share and support SEN practice, challenges and views across the BLC. There was lots of discussion amongst the group, helped along by fabulous homemade cake provided by Michele – thank you Michele! The next forum will be next month, an open questions session with Sue Franklin, lead EP for SEN from Lambeth. For more information please contact Jenny on

Poetry, Projects

Eliot Now posters in Electric Lane Brixton

We are delighted that some of the wonderful words and images produced by year 8 students from Evelyn Grace Academy are on display on billboard posters in Electric Lane, as part of our Eliot Now project. 6 students’ work has been chosen for the boards with more work beautifully framed and mounted in an exhibition in the school itself. The students’ images and words were inspired by TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, and follow detailed study of Eliot’s poetry. Thanks goes to Photofusion gallery for working with the students on their photographic images,to the Clore Poetry and Literature Awards for funding our term long project and to the school staff whose enthusiasm brought this project alive. Evelyn Grace poster

Evelyn Grace poster 2

Evelyn Grace poster 3

Poetry, Projects

Exhibition of primary schools work for Eliot Now opens at Carnegie Library

The exhibition of some of the words and pictures produced by BLC primaries as part of the Eliot Now project is now open for viewing at the Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, SE24 0EG and gives a taste of some of the wonderful work produced by the year 5 classes in the BLC as part of the project, generously funded by Clore Poetry and Literature Awards. If you would like to see the exhibition, it runs until 31st March. Contact 020 7926 6050 (Carnegie Library) for opening times. Here we give a taster of some of the work.