12 Apr 2016

Teachers, Let’s Get Creative

How can schools get creative in the classroom? We took a group of Hull teachers to Newcastle to find out.

On the 5 April 2016 a group of teachers from across the city gathered at Paragon Station beginning the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 journey to discovering what makes outstanding cultural Continued Professional Development in the classroom.

The Hull 2017 Learning & Participation Team are exploring ways in which we can work with teachers across the region to make teaching more exciting in and out of the classroom and we recruited the help of some local teachers to help us on our mission.

We began our quest at Opera North in Leeds where we worked with Sarah Ogden, part of the Educational Vocal Delivery Team, who showed us a range of vocal exercises and activities which can be used to inspire children of all ages in the classroom across a range of subjects from the Creative Arts to Literacy and Numeracy.

“The CPD workshops showcased passionate and inspirational organisations committed to inspiring future generations through the arts and education.” 


Louisa Waldron,

Priory Primary School

We then pirouetted our way to Newcastle to see Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal. This awe-inspiring piece helped the teachers to explore ways in which subjects can be taught through the medium of dance such as History, English and Drama. Get those jazz hands at the ready!

Day two of our mission saw us brave the North East winds with Northern Architecture on a tour of Newcastle, looking at creative ways we can approach Science, Geography and History in the classroom, exploring the variety of ways we can teach subjects as a collective not as single subjects.

A visit to Northern Stage Theatre who made us rethink how theatre can engage students in set texts, increase confidence or just be an inspirational experience.

Across the Tyne to Gateshead we ended our mission at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. There Susan Coles, Artist & Arts, Creativity & Educational Consultant and Vicky Sturrs, Schools and Colleges Programmer, provided us with ways to make the most challenging of modern art accessible to all students and ways to engage students in their surroundings.

“The workshops were all fantastic and were lead by people with such a deep understanding and insight of the subjects being delivered. I’m really excited to hear about all of the CPD opportunities that will be on offer in Hull to enable teachers to ensure that children have an experience to remember in 2017.”


Kate Jackson,
Sutton Park Primary School

Mission complete… with the hard work from the teachers, their creative input and knowledge of Hull we’re ready to begin working with more teachers and schools from right across the city. Teachers, let’s get creative for 2017!

Watch this space for upcoming news about the rollout of our Learning Programme.



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