Standing up for the Arts

Book your place on the Jurassic Coast Teaching School’s Alliance Annual Conference – ‘Standing up for the Arts’. The event will take place on Thursday 26 April 2017 at Taunton Racecourse. Guest speakers will include:

Natalie Haynes, Writer, broadcaster and comedian
Natalie has presented a number  of features on BBC Radio 4 “Stand up for the Classics”

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of ASCL
Geoff was Headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students. He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the DfE, on leadership and literacy.

Bradley Simmons, Regional Director, Ofsted
Bradley became Regional Director, South West in January 2014. His previous work at Ofsted focused on school improvement and on policy and frameworks. He was also a senior inspector in Ofsted’s South East region. Before he was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, Bradley worked as a Headteacher, then as a local authority school inspector.

The event will once again include six outstanding breakout sessions on excellent, innovative and creative teaching and learning for both primary and secondary colleagues.

Click here to register online.


8.40am Arrive (Refreshments on arrival in the Paddock Restaurant)
9.15am Welcome by Dr Richard Steward, Chair, JCTSA and Headteacher of The Woodroffe School
9.30am Geoff Barton, General Secretary, ASCL
10.30am, Bradley Simmons, Regional Director, Ofsted
11.30am Break (in the Paddock Restaurant)
12pm Breakout Sessions
12.40pm Lunch (in the Paddock Restaurant)
1.40pm Breakout Sessions (a rerun of the sessions held before Lunch)
2.20pm Comfort Break and Relocate back in the Paddock Gallery
2.30pm Natalie Haynes, Writer, Broadcaster, Comedienne and Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Classics!
3.30pm Closing Plenary by Beth Brooke, JCTSA Manager
3.35pm Finish


BREAKOUT SESSION (BOS) 1 – This session is aimed at secondary colleagues.

Learning with Lego: why and how we have introduced a Lego suite at the Woodroffe School

SESSION PRESENTERS: Richard Vine, Head of Art and Lego Suite Lead across the Curriculum, The Woodroffe School

SESSION OVERVIEW: This session is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about how a Lego suite could be established in your school and how you might best make use of it. Curriculum projects in a number of different subject areas and Student STEM projects will be presented during the session. These might give other centres some idea about how to get going with the Lego materials. The session will review how to get the tactile learning opportunity that Lego provides into a number of classrooms/subject areas.


BOS 2 – This session is aimed at primary colleagues.

The Case for Primary Classics: new approaches to Latin, Ancient Greek and Classics at KS2

SESSION PRESENTERS: Ms Hannah Walsh, Project Co-ordinator, Bristol Classics Hub

SESSION OVERVIEW: Interest in Classical languages is growing in the state sector, with many primary schools teaching Ancient Greece and Rome as topics, and with the inclusion of Latin and Ancient Greek as languages in the KS2 MFL curriculum. In response to this growing interest, the national grant-giving charity Classics for All ( has introduced two new programmes this year to support the introduction of Latin, Ancient Greek and Classics in state primary schools.

In this session, we will explore some of the reasons why Classics is gaining popularity at KS2 and we will share case studies of practice and impact. We will also discuss the funding, free training and support available through the Bristol Classics Hub ( and Classics for All’s Electra and Phoenix Programmes.

In this session, we will introduce some of the resources available for teaching Classics at primary level, including the Minimus course and the new Maximum Classics and Mega Greek courses. These engaging and accessible courses are designed to be taught with only minimal training, and in the case of the latter two, all teacher guides, session plans and materials are available online to download for free.


BOS 3 – This session is aimed at both primary and secondary colleagues.

Shakespeare ‘Text Detectives’: exploring how rehearsal room approaches can improve students’ enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare

SESSION PRESENTER: Dr Maria Evans, Royal Shakespeare Company

SESSION OVERVIEW: This session is aimed at any teacher wanting to explore rehearsal room approaches to Shakespeare. Adapting practices used to help actors tackle Shakespeare’s plays, these taster sessions will introduce a range of proven techniques for increasing student engagement with Shakespeare’s language. The morning session will focus on Macbeth and the afternoon session on Romeo and Juliet. Between them the sessions will cover storytelling techniques as ways of summarising plot alongside approaches for detailed analysis of the structure and content of key speeches. Both sessions will be suitable for primary and secondary teachers, and discussion will focus on adaptability to each key stage, as well as transferability to other plays. The session will also be of interest to teachers who would like to know more about the new RSC Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare:

Teachers attending similar courses have commented that they learned the following:

  • How to use a huge range of rehearsal room-based techniques to enhance the children’s understanding and, most importantly, enjoyment of Shakespeare.
  • The course shows how activities can be adapted for different ages and also different texts. It showed me how to make Shakespeare fun and accessible for students. I gained in confidence and feel really enthusiastic to put the activities into practice.
  • How to immerse children in the text – bring it alive; help children to understand viewpoint, motivation, themes. Deepen their (and my!) understanding of the plays. Many activities to support this.


BOS 4 – This session is aimed at primary colleagues.

Speaking Pictures: using visual arts to promote creative literacy learning

SESSION PRESENTERS: Dr Anthony Wilson, University of Exeter

SESSION OVERVIEW: This session is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about how to use the visual arts to promote learners’ creative literacy. Based on my experience as a gallery educator (Tate Britain), the session includes practical reading, writing and speaking and listening activities which foster students’ abilities to engage with a range of art-works, from figurative and abstract paintings to contemporary photography. The session will give participants the opportunity to try out first-hand creative writing and collaborative exercises which are designed to open up a space for discussion, looking and laughter.


BOS 5 – This session is aimed at secondary colleagues.

The Stories of Science/The Science of Stories

SESSION PRESENTERS: Dr Genevieve Liveley, Project Co-ordinator, University of Bristol

SESSION OVERVIEW: This session is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about teaching science through stories and discovering creative ways to enhance ‘science capital’ in schools. The concept of ‘science capital’ (derived from Bourdieu’s notion of ‘cultural capital’) explains why some students engage with STEM subjects while others do not, and recent research conducted by the Science Museum suggests that a range of approaches are needed to enhance such engagement: (

One such approach is to use ancient stories about science as case studies which help to reveal that there is a science to storytelling itself (Homer’s robots, Hesiod’s AI cyborgs, and Apollonius’s ‘terminator’). Stories ‘programme’ us to respond in particular ways – to feel surprise, shock, and wonder, pleasure, pity and fear, to feel empathy, to learn about the world, and even to behave badly or well. We will share examples of practice and an innovative new classroom toolkit being developed by the University of Bristol. The session will also be of interest to those wanting find out more about introducing classical subjects into their schools.


BOS 6 – This session is aimed at secondary colleagues.

Art and its Relevance to Creative Futures

SESSION PRESENTERS: Paul Mathlin, Head of Art, Poole High School

SESSION OVERVIEW: To follow shortly.


If you do not attend on the day, or cancel on or after 09 April 2018 you will not
be entitled to a refund. Cancellations made prior to 08 April will receive a full refund.