Opportunities for teachers and staff working with young people 

  • Find out about London Borough of Culture projects and events that your students can get involved in

  • Develop your own creative responses to the year’s events supported by a regular programme of artist-led training and resources

  • These learning resources will be added to and sustained as a legacy beyond 2019 to interpret and engage with the borough’s cultural heritage (view these at the bottom of the page)  

Upcoming Courses

View the latest Continuing Professional  Development events including the plans for Forest Uprising the finale show – sessions on 11 and 12 November

Become a Culture Lead for your school

A new Cultural Education Partnership  (CEP)  for Waltham Forest 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 to promote opportunities to colleagues. Please sign up here  as your school’s Culture Lead to receive regular news of CEP and London Borough of Culture activities. 

Waltham Forest Arts Award extended to January 2020

Over the summer more than 250 young people took part in the London Borough of Culture Waltham Forest Discover and Bronze Arts Awards. Teachers have requested wet extend this as they would like to do Discover with their classes. We are extending Waltham Forest Discover Arts Award until January 2020 but would need to make a charge of £5 per pupil to cover both certificate and adviser time.  The William Morris Gallery is now registered as an Arts Award centre so can process awards on schools’ behalf where there are no qualified advisers. Please email wfculturelearn@walthamforest.gov.uk to discuss. 
Read more on Arts Award

Young people’s Creative Challenge “ I want to live in a world where…?’ 

Get involved as part of your Citizenship or PSHE lessons 
Inspired by the Big Youth Conversation assemblies in the summer term, these engaging sessions surveyed young people’s views on a range of issues concerning the future of the borough. Culture is a central theme and a specially-commissioned short film sparked ideas on ‘What does culture mean to you?

A Learning resource is available to help teachers extend this conversations into a Citizenship or PSHE discussion session and to encourage responses

What is our challenge?

Our creative challenge to secondary and 16+ students is to create an artwork which responds to  ‘I want to live in a world where…..’  These can be scanned art images, short films or audio files to be submitted to help create an online gallery. 

What makes me ‘Me! Primary Assemblies’ - for ages 7-11

We invited pupils to create an individual image about themselves, their family, culture and interests which could be put together as a ‘whole class’ block. Read more about the project.

Artsmark for 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 2019 and 15 July 2020.

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

Applications should be submitted by Friday 29 November
More details about A New Direction, Artsmark and Arts Award

Download the information and application sheet