Teachers and those working with young people will be encouraged and empowered to develop their own creative responses to the year’s events through a regular programme of artist-led training.

This will be sustained as a legacy beyond 2019 to interpret and engage with the borough’s cultural heritage with the support of both online and hands-on resources.

Primary Assemblies 

We are offering every primary school in Waltham Forest a free 30 minute assembly for either year three or year four pupils.  An arts facilitator will help the children to celebrate Waltham Forest’s vibrant diversity as they create a dynamic art piece.  The sessions will also signpost different ways that the children and schools can get involved in London Borough of Culture activities and Discover Arts Awards.


  • Hall space for four classes (approx 120 children)
  • Photography consent for children involved (photographs of the children with the artwork will be used for publicity)

To book your assembly, please select your area:

Become a Culture Lead

A new Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) is being developed with the help of investment from A New Direction’s London Challenge Fund. This will support educators and arts providers within the borough to work more closely together, building skills, knowledge and networks to sustain a high-quality arts provision in the future.

We need a Culture Lead in each school to be the main contact for the partnership and promote opportunities to colleagues

Please sign up has your school’s Culture Lead here  to receive regular news of CEP and London Borough of Culture activities. 

Upcoming Continuing Professional Development events

Check here for upcoming preview evenings for events within the main London Borough of Culture 2019 programme.

Resources from past Continuing Professional Development events

Making the Case for the Arts in Schools 29 March 2019 

52 senior education and arts leaders attended this very inspiring event showing what is possible to do with the arts in school despite current difficulties, and the benefits of learning from each other.

Artsmark for London Borough of Waltham Forest Schools

As a Waltham Forest teacher, you'll be able to sign up for a London Borough of Culture Artsmark and offset costs of Artsmark registration with a support grant up to £500.

To be eligible for this grant, you must work in a Waltham Forest school, and Artsmark activity must take place between the 24 January 2020 and 15 July 2020.

10 grants will be available to recoup proven expenditure up to the value of £500. This should be incurred in fulfilment of an a Artsmark action plan. This can identified at a Development Day or in your Statement of Commitment.

Applications should be submitted by 30 September.

Subject to demand we will run another free Artsmark taster evening in early June and a bespoke development day for Waltham Forest Schools early in the autumn term.

More details about A New Direction, Artsmark and Arts Award

Cultural Learning Resources

These resources, for teachers and group leaders working with young people at all key stages, will bring together topics inspired by the London Borough of Culture 2019 events programme and also provide  signposts to Waltham Forest’s permanent learning offers outside the classroom – the resources will be added to throughout the year.

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Our Environment

Waltham Forest is fortunate to have 28 per cent of the borough as protected green space, including Epping Forest and the Lee Valley. There has been a rich tradition of radical activism to preserve these spaces for the public good which can be used to introduce students to environmental campaigning.  A number of providers offer opportunities for learning sessions on the area’s ecology and natural sciences.

Chingford May Day Fayre 

Chingford May Day Fayre took place on Saturday 4 May, an event that celebrated the changing seasons, fresh growth, new life, and campaigning for a positive future.
Additionally, it references historic and present traditions that celebrate community, workers unity and the invention of the bicycle in Waltham Forest.

On-going themes to explore with pupils:

Ways of Seeing

68 artworks, 33 artists, 28 locations
In partnership with the Government Art Collection, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 presents Ways of Seeing. Transforming the whole borough into an art gallery, Ways of Seeing will display the work of 33 internationally-known artists from the Government Art Collection in 28 unusual and unexpected venues across Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow from 24 April – 31 August. 

View the educational resources for Ways of Seeing to discover more about artworks.