Textiles GCSE/A Level Art & Design Workshop (Nottingham)

£165.00 + VAT

Nottingham  Sat 27 Apr

Exploring and practicing exciting new ideas for teaching content and developing inspiring schemes of work for GCSE/A Level Art & Design courses.

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Textiles GCSE/A Level Art & Design Workshop

DATE:    Saturday 27 April – BOOK HERE
Venue:   The Nottingham Emmanuel School |
Gresham Park Rd | West Bridgford | NG2 7YF
TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30

Advanced practical techniques and skills workshop linked to contextual research and schemes of work.
This course is aimed at textiles and art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level Art & Design or those who want to develop exciting new ideas for schemes of work and improve exam results.
Previous attendees will get the opportunity to learn and practice more advanced and new skills and further develop fresh, innovative ideas for schemes of work. (NB Please contact before booking if attended previous courses)

  • Learn and practice new and exciting skills that will enhance your teaching
  • Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.
  • Promote, gain recognition and improve the uptake of your subject and establish a presence in the school and the community.
  • See Hillview School exemplar work, as used by Pearson/Edexcel on their web site.

Textiles Skills Academy course

What to expect on the day:

Morning Session:  Developing skills and techniques

  • Innovative ways in which students can explore, investigate and express ideas through drawing and mark making from primary sources, expelling the myths of ‘I can’t draw’.
  • Ideas for themes and schemes of work.
  • Techniques and processes across all areas of study incl. constructed, printed, digital and fashion.
  • Innovative use of the heat press.
  • Advancing contextual ideas using a variety of techniques incl. freehand machine embroidery and sublimation printing.

Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications: ‘students will be able to develop a range of drawing techniques and processes in order to communicate developing ideas clearly whilst exploring ideas visually, through the act of mark-making…..observations experimenting with various tools, materials and techniques’.

Afternoon Session: Developing mark making and primary research into refined ideas for practical outcomes linked to a variety of artists and designers.

  • Exploring new innovative artists, designers and craftspeople.
  • How to relate these artists and designers to creative practical workshops and outcomes.
  • Taking mark making through the creative process to an outcome.

Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications: ‘students will be able to contextualize their research and ideas, drawing inspiration from artists and designers. Students will also evaluate the art, craft and design they study, and develop an appreciation of the impact it has on their own work and that of others.’

What you will go back to school with:
  • Support and ideas for great lessons, schemes of work and improved exam performance.
  • Classroom strategies and textile industry knowledge to underpin practical work.
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • Life long learning in continuing professional development.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.
  • Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.
  • Plan the future for the subject in your school with confidence.
  • Establish and promote a vital position in the school for the subject, (fashion shows, competitions, charity events, assemblies and whole school events)


2016 Grades: GCSE 52% of students achieved A-A*
2015 & 2016 A Level Grades 100% A*
2017 Grades: A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% B-A*)

Moderators comments:
“Textiles candidates personal portfolios were brimming with ideas, experiments and references to textile and fashion designers as well as fine artists. Overall the submission was expceptional in the engagement and industry and imaginative use of materials’. 2016

‘In Textiles, the standard of the work was outstanding…The course structure was strong. Finished pieces were often exciting and innovative. The individuality of the candidates was clearly seen in the diversity of colours, styles and techniques carefully annotated in work books and then displayed in the final outcomes.” “The course gave candidates a very strong framework on which to build a response to the theme. Ideas were developed showing depth and thought so that the work of the highest achieving candidates was original, creative and in-depth.” 2015

All delegates will receive access to a digital delegate folder with all the presentations, useful handouts and resources.


The Nottingham Emmanuel School
Gresham Park Rd
West Bridgford

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Nicky Simpson textilesNicky Simpson
PGCE; BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.



Nicky has had 22 years’ experience in the fashion industry in London working as a print designer and colourist for a French mill in Lyon. She has designed for stores from Marks and Spencer to River Island.
For the past 12 years Nicky has been teaching and Head of Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School for Girls in Kent. Her ‘A’ Levels grades for 2015, 2016 and 2017 were 100% A* and in 2017 GCSE were 70% A-A* (100% B-A*).The GCSE moderators comment quoted ‘the standard of the work was outstanding’. Each year she organised a catwalk show as well as pop up shops in the local community and her students have won in every category in Young Fashion Designer for the past 7 years.
Nicky has delivered tutorials at the ‘Knitting and Stitching Show’ on behalf of the Textile Institute as well as mentored several graduate trainees. Nicky courses are always fun, intense and full of innovation and creativity.


  • ‘Superb day – so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!’ Jessie L.
  • ‘Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.’ Rebecca F.
  • ‘Fabulous presenter. Gave loads + loads of information and ideas. I feel really inspired! Loved the practical samples we did. Would highly recommend!’ Wendy P.
  • ‘A great course with lots of hands-on sampling. Great idea to hold it in a school which is much more realistic than an outside venue, gives ideas on taking creative inspiration back to the classroom’.
  • ‘Fantastic day, really useful and applicable to both Art and D&T subjects. Thanks!’
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