Cubitt developed a programme of professional development for Islington educators as part of 11 by 11: Islington Council’s commitment that each child who goes to school in the borough has access to 11 outstanding cultural experiences by Year 11. We worked with teachers, cultural partners and Islington’s Cultural Enrichment & School Improvement teams to investigate how to inspire and sustain creative practice in educational settings.

From September 2020, the programme focused on ways in which we can challenge inequalities through creative and cultural learning. Through practical activities and discussion, sessions explored ways in which we can use creative practice and cultural resources to facilitate inclusive and accessible learning which draws on a range of lived experiences.  

"It was brilliant: simple but profound and felt very therapeutic." Participant from Play, Share, Join with Kaleidoworks

"The two sessions were very sensitively delivered, inspiring and informative on approaching anti-racist work in the classroom creatively." Participant from Writing Ourselves with Darren Chetty

"It was so useful to think about ways to bring drama into the Recovery Curriculum and to consider some of the issues that may arise that we should prepare for." Participant from Drama for Wellbeing with Hannah Joyce 

Sessions included:

Beyond the Selfie: Photography and Identity, with Marysa Dowling

Creative Collaboration in Action, with Evan Bond and Lydia CS 

Artists in Early Years, with October Gallery

Sketchbook as Studio, with Jasmin Bhanji

Playing for Equality, with Albert Potrony

Making Beautiful Art Together, with Richard Phoenix and Aysen Aktu 

The New Normative: Writing diverse relationships, with Keith Jarrett 

Thinking Differently: Race & Identity in the Classroom, with Ali Eisa at Autograph ABP

Exploring Refugee Experiences through Illustrationwith House of Illustration

Collaborative Approaches to Anti-Racist Cultural Learning, with Barinur Rashid from Manchester Museum

Supporting Creativity, with Richard Phoenix

Thinking Differently: Race and Identity in the Classroom, with Ali Eisa

Writing Ourselves, with Darren Chetty

Animate, Collaborate, with Kaleidoworks

Online Facilitation, with Gaynor Smith

Play, Share, Join, with Kaleidoworks

Philosophy for Children for Transitions, with Harriet Goodman

Drama for Wellbeing, with Hannah Joyce

Creative Resilience through Drawing, led by Sara Heywood with Cubitt Artists

Approaches to Multi Sensory Learning and Teaching, with October Gallery

Create and Dance, with Royal Opera House 

Raising Literacy Attainment through Film, with Into Film

Partner organisations

Autograph, Caledonian Clock Tower, Company Three, House of Illustration, Into Film, Islington Council’s Cultural Enrichment and School Improvement Teams, Islington Museum, Little Angel Theatre, Manchester Museum, October Gallery, Royal Opera House

Partner schools

Archway Children’s Centre, Ambler Primary, Ashmount Primary, The Bridge School, The Courtyard School, Dallington School Nursery, Drayton Park Primary, Duncombe Primary, Gillespie Primary, Hanover Primary, Highbury Quadrant Primary, Laycock Primary, Newington Green Primary, Pooles Park Primary, Prior Weston Primary School, St Andrew's Primary, St Jude & St Pauls Primary, St John Evangelist RC Primary , St John's Upper Holloway Primary, St Mark's Church of England Primary School, SS. Peter & Paul Primary, Tufnell Park Primary, Yerbury Primary

11 by 11 Culture Bank was supported by A New Direction as part of their Challenge London programme.