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.

Join the Conversation

In partnership with the Big Youth Conversation, the London Borough of Culture team are offering free assemblies to every secondary and 16+ setting in the borough.   Led by young people from the Life Chances Youth Task Force, these engaging sessions survey 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 sparks ideas on ‘What does culture mean to you?

Learning resources will available to help teachers extend this into a Citizenship or PSHE discussion session.
The assembly ends with a challenge 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.

To enquire about an assembly email lifechances@walthamforest.gov.uk  and for more details of the creative challenges and debate see:

Cultural Learning Resources

Further down this page, you will find Cultural Learning Resources, from environment, to learning to CPD. 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.

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. 

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