V&A Innovate Talks: Teacher Insights

Learning & National Programmes
August 17, 2021

The V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge is back for 2021 – 22. To support schools planning to take part from September, we asked three teachers to share their experiences of taking part over the past two years. Watch back this talk to get inspiration, tips and ideas for how you could run V&A Innovate in your setting.

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  • Liam Anderson, Head of Design and Technology, Trinity School, Newbury 
  • Helen Vardy, SLE Design and Technology, Subject Leader Design and Technology, King Ecgbert School, Sheffield 
  • Stephanie Sweeney, Teacher of Design and Technology and Art and Design, at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy 

Liam Anderson shares how he delivered V&A Innovate as part of Trinity School’s D&T Year 8 curriculum; Helen Vardy explores how she ran it as an after-school club for years 7, 8 and 9; and Stephanie Sweeney talks through her approach to delivering it with her Year 9s with a textiles focus.

The talk starts with an introduction to this year’s themes – Renew, Connect and Move – and an overview of the different online resources available to teachers and students to support delivery. 

V&A Innovate is an annual National Schools Challenge asking students in years 7, 8 and 9 to design a solution to a real-world problem. Find out more and discover free resources on our website.

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