Leading your curriculum – how to embed creative industry led thinking from primary upwards

This twilight session, in partnership with the Royal Opera House’s Create & Design team will focus on the value and ability to utilise industry led learning in the classroom with reference to Create & Design (KS1-3) and ROH Design Challenge (Secondary and FE/HE).

Join us for an exciting session of live making with professional set designer Ruth Paton and hear from members of the Create & Design team and fellow teachers about how developing ‘design thinking’ in children and young people can increase creative confidence and develop skills around empathy, prototyping and sketchbooks. 

This session includes a live set design making workshop ‘How a designer takes an idea from the page to the stage’ to take part please bring:


  • Computer audio on (to listen to track)
  • Bring a magazine (home/lifestyle)
  • White paper to rip up, plenty
  • Tin Foil
  • Cereal packet to rip up
  • Tissue paper (optional)
  • 1 piece of card A4
  • Masking tape
  • Bluetac


  • Model making
  • Designing from music


More about Create & Design:

Create & Design supports you to develop children’s ‘design thinking’ using the process designers take to bring a story from the page to the stage. 

  • Create & Design aims to increase teacher confidence to deliver the Design & Technology and Art & Design curriculums, in primary schools across England.
  • Created with teachers for teachers, the CPD training explores the process theatre designers use to take a ballet from page to stage.
  • By taking part teachers learn how to cultivate creativity and ‘design thinking’ in children, by taking them through the research, exploration and development of original ideas to meet a design brief set by the Director of The Royal Ballet.
  • Our teacher training, classroom films, lesson plans and resources a free to use in ways that suit the needs of teachers and their students. Teachers do not need any previous knowledge of ballet, opera or stage design in order to take part.


More about ROH Design Challenge:

ROH Design Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to gain an invaluable, practical insight into technical and production practice, using the process designers take to bring a story from the page to the stage. 

  • Design Challenge is aimed at the next generation of aspiring designers and makers
  • Allows students to develop design process skills by following a live brief set by a professional director
  • Gives students an insight into designing for opera as a professional, with the prize winners attending an industry-insight experience at the Royal Opera House.


At Secondary (Level 2) the competition can be delivered:

· as part of a GCSE pathway

· or as a stand-alone enrichment project to build a student’s portfolio.

At FE (Level 3) competition can be delivered

· as part of a vocational or A level Art & Design pathway

· as an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

At Level 4 it is an opportunity to engage with a national organisation and receive professional feedback.


Date: 29th September 2022

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm

Register here

Any questions please email the team - [javascript protected email address]