Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

'Freedom for a Creative Curriculum'

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Westminster Institute of Education recently hosted their annual conference for partnership primary schools. The conference was free to schools who have worked with the Institute, taking students on placements and delivering the practical dimension of the Initial Teacher Education programmes. The conference entitled ‘Freedom for a Creative Curriculum’ tackled the difficult issue of how teachers can continue to be creative in the classroom while meeting the demands of the curriculum. Alison Peacock, Head of The Wroxham Primary School, Potters Bar, and leader of the Cambridge Primary Review National Network, was the conference keynote speaker and explained how she led her current school from special measures to outstanding through a creative curriculum. In the afternoon teachers attended a selection of workshops run by Oxford Brookes academics and visiting speakers from the Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Workshops ranged from ‘Animation: A Practical Workshop’, focusing on creating animations and their potential for developing children's learning, to ‘Science Surprises’, a collection of intriguing tried and tested science demonstrations, to encourage discussion and discovery in the classroom. Approximately 150 teachers from 90 schools attended the conference and feedback from delegates included comments such as:

  • ‘thought provoking and inspiring’
  • ‘pacy, useful and great ideas’
  • ‘good interesting speakers, lots of food for thought’
  • ‘relevant and refreshing’

Find further information and resources from the conference on the Teacher Education Partnership page