House of Illustration

PICTURE IT: Inspiration through Illustration

A pioneering education project placing professional illustrators in primary schools to work with pupils and teachers on individually developed projects. Using illustration to enhance learning and teaching, the project provides a creative approach to literacy and strong cross-curricular opportunities

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2014 to 12:00 PM, 1 December 2014

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095210)

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  • The INSET was great – really inspiring. I’m going to display all the teachers’ work in the staffroom as a reminder!

    — Headteacher, Winton School, 2011

  • I enjoyed the whole thing. I liked it when we learnt about Puck and made this costume. I really like theatre design and I can’t wait until tomorrow.

    — Pupil, Drayton Park School, 2011

  • The children were really interested and engaged with the stories – more than I anticipated

    — Illustrator, Drayton Park School, 2011

  • I enjoyed the whole thing. I liked it when we learnt about Puck and made this costume. I really like theatre design and I can’t wait until tomorrow.

    — Pupil, Drayton Park School, 2011

  • The INSET was great – really inspiring. I’m going to display all the teachers’ work in the staffroom as a reminder!

    — Headteacher, Winton School, 2011

  • The children were really interested and engaged with the stories – more than I anticipated

    — Illustrator, Drayton Park School, 2011

Situation

Literacy is at the heart of the school curriculum, yet research by the Centre for Policy Studies has shown that, particularly in inner-city London schools, 40% of pupils leave primary school with a reading age of a 6-9 year old, 20% have special educational needs such as dyslexia, and 20% leave secondary school without being able to read or write with confidence. Many schools also have high numbers of ESOL pupils, for whom there is a particular need for fresh approaches to literacy teaching.

Solution

Picture It offers a fresh approach to literacy teaching that supports cross-curricular learning. It is a valuable opportunity for children to learn new creative and visual communication skills, and addresses inequality in the classroom, supporting visual learners and boosting confidence and achievement of more academically challenged pupils or those who speak English as a second language. Teachers develop their own skills and confidence, and can use learning from the project in future teaching.