Over the past few years the BFI has worked in partnership with Lambeth City Learning Centre (CLC) and various Lambeth primary schools to develop exciting creative media related projects. Planning for each schools’ ‘Cultural Campus’ begins in the autumn and teachers are very much encouraged to take the reins and aim high, with the BFI & the CLC providing resources and expertise. The project takes place over 6 weeks in the spring or summer term involving groups of primary children coming to Southbank spaces a few times a week and using them as their classroom.
This year, thanks to the efforts of Lambeth CLC arts manager, Hannah Quigley, the National Theatre and the Ballet Rambert have come on board too and have agreed to open up their world to primary children and educators. The BFI and the CLC believe it’s important for the teachers and their teaching assistants to experience much of what their class will be experiencing during the course of their projects. As far as possible I will be tracking their progress over the next few months: here’s a rough edit of interviews taken on their (CPD) training day at the BFI in December 2012. They were learning how to make podcasts in Garageband and to edit image and sound in iMovie, most for the first time. Some already have an idea of which arts activities they wish to develop – from film and animation to dance and poetry – and all will feature the Gothic as an underlying theme.
See here for details of a previous Cultural Campus used as a Case Study for my Masters dissertation.