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Art and textiles teacher, Andria Zafirakou, is one ten Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize nominees

Andria Zafirakou, is an art & design and textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in Wembley, north-west London. She has reached the last stage of the million-dollar Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

In a film, published online by the Independent, Andria Zafirakou says: 'It [art and design] is a powerful subject, it helps children unlock language barriers.'

Andria, who is also associate deputy headteacher at Alperton Community School, has learnt how to say basic greetings in many of the 35 languages spoken at the school to help parents feel included.

On behalf of NSEAD members, Lesley Butterworth, general secretary of NSEAD, has written to congratulate Andria for this huge achievement for representing our subject, and for inspiring young people and teachers alike.

The Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize is co-founded by Bill Gates to recognise an individual's outstanding contribution to the profession. The other 10 finalists, drawn from 30,000 entries from 173 countries, are from Turkey, South Africa, Colombia, Philippines, United States, Brazil, Belgium, Australia and Norway.

Watch Andria speak about teaching and the award here

Creative Nation, a new report published by Nesta

Nesta have published a new report which maps creative industries in the UK, their evolution, contribution to local economic development, the strength of their support ecosystems - including research and informal networking - and their connections with each other.
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A new BBC survey of over 1200 schools has found that creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools

A new BBC survey of over 1200 schools has found that creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England. Nine out of 10 of schools that responded said they had reduced teaching, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. The increased emphasis on core academic subjects, and funding pressures were the most common reasons given.
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Riverside School: Art, Design & Technology Technician, Term time only

Required as soon as possible, an Art, Design and Technology Technician to join an exciting new Secondary School which opened in 2012. Riverside School, Barking, IG11 0FU, serves the growing Barking Riverside community on the banks of the Thames in superb newly-built accommodation and is already fully-subscribed.
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Ten cross-party parliamentary groups join forces to protect artist mobility in Europe post-Brexit

On Wednesday 24th January, ten All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) came together on the need to secure mobility of creative talent post-Brexit. The APPGs cover the breadth of the UK’s creative sector, including: Art, Craft & Design in Education; Children’s Media & the Arts; Dance; Design & Innovation; Music; Music Education; Performers’ Alliance; Teaching Profession; Textiles & Fashion; and Video Games.
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