Cultural Education Matters: Moving Forward

March 28, 2019

Wave is delighted to present the next in our series of sector-focussed conferences, in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth:


Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole BH12 5HH

10.00-15:00 (Registration from 0930)

Free (including lunch)


Andria Zafirakou (‘Best Teacher in the World’, Global Teacher Awards 2018, Alperton Community School, Brent)

Susan Aykin (OFSTED HMI Lead for Visual And Performing Arts)

Plus contributions from Real Ideas Organisation, Arts Council England, AUB, Wave and many others.

Further guest speakers to be announced.

Would you like to hear the “best teacher in the world” detail how her inner-city London secondary school was transformed through a re-write of the Curriculum, putting the arts at the centre? (Andria Zafirakou, Global Teacher Awards Winner 2018, Alperton Community School, Brent)

And about OFSTED’s incoming Inspection Framework, and what is meant by a ‘rounded education’, straight from the HMI Lead for Visual and Performing Arts? (Susan Aykin HMI)

Also the support you can access from the many cultural education providers, locally, regionally and nationally?

All these questions and more will be tackled at Cultural Education Matters: Moving Forward.

Aimed at headteachers, school governors, subject leads, teachers and cultural organisations, this FREE special conference will hear direct from Andria Zafirakou, who made international headlines for winning the $1m Global Teacher Awards prize, which she promptly used to set up her own charity,, connecting schools with artists. An Arts and Textiles teacher and SLT member at Alperton Community School, Brent – one of the most disadvantaged London boroughs, with some of the poorest residents in the UK – Andria transformed the school by re-writing the curriculum to reflect the complex lives of her students and their families, transforming the school into the top 1-5% of the country in terms of qualifications and accreditation. She will share about why the arts are important in schools what we can do to reinvigorate our curricula using the arts.

Susan Aykin, OFSTED’s National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts, will update on OFSTED Education new inspection framework and its renewed commitment to ensure schools deliver a rounded curriculum, including creative subjects.

Additional speakers will include representatives from Arts Council England, RIO (Bridge Organisation), AUB, Wave and other special guests still to be confirmed.

There will also be plenty of chances to ask questions, network and share practice.

Plus a free networking lunch, courtesy of AUB.

Want to book? Places are limited.

To book a place, email or telephone Wave on 01202 451508, outlining for each delegate:

1.Your name

2.School or organisation; and location

3.School type: infant, primary, middle, secondary or special

4.Contact email / telephone number

5.If you require lunch and, if so, any special dietary requirements.


Bookings close at 5pm, Monday 10 June 2019.

Please do not book if you are not sure you can attend, as we expect to be fully subscribed.


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Bournemouth, Dorset
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