Rethinking Education

A group for anyone who wants to help us develop an NTW approach to education.

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To act as a catalyst in creating new networks to stimulate debate across arts, education and beyond

To provide a forum to discuss education in a language that encourages fresh and innovative ideas

To develop leaders and advocates from a range of backgrounds, working throughout the whole education system

To focus on creating long-term solutions to the problems of the formal education system

To encourage cross-curricular dialogue to promote the benefits of the arts at all stages of the educational experience

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Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 25, 2016 at 11:31

WHY? Festival was an interesting and inspirational event.  It was good to see groups of teenagers there, actively engaging in all discussions and proving a vital part of the conversations.

A particular highlight for me was the lyric workshop (FAM) delivered by Nathan Crossan-Smith.  He offered a brief history of Grime culture and then curated a discussion around notions of family and who we consider our families to be.  This resonated well with a number of members of our group, especially the younger ones, and it was an interesting exercise in creativity as, following the discussions, we were encouraged to develop lyrics based around our ideas of family.  This was delivered in a really accessible way, meaning that even those of us who would otherwise have been terrified by the prospect of creating Grime lyrics, all felt that we were able to contribute something to the finished piece. 

Nathan is a director and artist who obviously knows how to connect with marginalised groups.  He has previously worked with 20 Stories High, amongst others, and it was amazing to see how well he engaged with all members of the audience but more importantly, gave us all pause for thought.  

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 21, 2016 at 19:38

Looking forward to attending the event outlined below.  Will give a full breakdown of the event tomorrow. 

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 21, 2016 at 19:38


Following on from Thirty Pound Gentleman’s event at Contact in summer about hate crime and its impact since Brexit, TPG present “Democracy Has Occurred!” an interactive panel discussion, presented in radio show format with music, performances, and special guests. 

The audience will be invited to interact and get the chance to hot seat – becoming a part of the action. 

We'll explore the fallout of Brexit. We will ask political activists, apathists and those inbetween to discuss if ‘democracy has occurred’ or not. We will discover where on the scale of opinions, activism and extremism our panelists are placed. As well as debating whether some opinions, and how they are expressed, are safe for everybody.


Thirty Pound Gentleman (TPG): is a company that works with young people exploring the three work strands of culture, leadership and education. 

Delivering an accredited employability award alongside creative projects, events and consulting with brands and companies, all of Thirty Pound Gentleman's work is designed to help people lead and create, and to support people in accessing employment and further education opportunities.

Thirty Pound Gentleman also has a monthly online radio show where influential and inspiring people are interviewed to help in building text and audio based resources for young people to experience and learn from.


Jessica Davis (Bite The Ballot): 
Jessica is a Community Engagement Officer for Bite The Ballot. In her role she engages young people in politics, through a variety of workshops and outreach. Bite The Ballot are a UK-based democracy movement, on a mission to empower citizens aged 16-24, and is committed to rebranding politics. BTB were prominent in getting young people to register and vote in the EU referendum, through their national campaign #TURNUP.

Kamila Rymajdo (Vice/ Noisey): 
Kamila Rymajdo is a writer and journalist from Manchester via Poland. As a nightclub promoter, flash fiction writer and someone immersed in Grime culture – writing about "Waltzers and Wardubs" for Noisey and Vice magazine – Kamila has a unique spin on most things.

Berry Black (Cul De Sac): 
One quarter of Mancunian Hip Hop group Cul De Sac, Berry Black is also a community project manager with a special focus on economics and the Black community. A great rap artist who is hardly ever lost for words or awkward questions!

Klepto (Tonga Balloon Gang): 
Klepto is a DJ and member of the raucous "Tonga Balloon Gang" now notorious for hosting parties all over the world alongside fellow Tongans Mike Skinner and Murkage Dave. Klepto will never bite his lip or hold his tongue.

Reime Gedal (Occupy Arab Art) 

Sam Kalubowila (Widening participation Coordinator, Manchester University)

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 11, 2016 at 17:01

Cer i ddangos eich cefnogaeth os gallwch:

Hoffem eich gwahodd chi a'ch cyfeillio'n a'ch teulu i Ŵyl GLITCH FESTIVAL sy'n agor Nos Wener 14eg Hydref 2016.
Ein nod yw denu 2,000+ o bobl rhwng 15 a 25 oed i'r ŵyl felly byddem yn falch dros ben petaech yn dod â'ch grŵp chi neu yn annog pobl o'r oedran hwnnw i ddod. Ond, mae pawb yn cael ei groesawu i fynychu beth bynnag yw eu hoed!
Bydd yno gerddoriaeth byw, ffilmiau, arddangosfeydd rhyngweithiol, gweithdai creadigol a chaffi/bar. Mynediad AM DDIM. 
Mae'r rhaglen gŵyl wedi atodi, neu ei lawrlwytho o'n wefan 
Hefyd mae mynediad i gigs AM DDIM, ond mae'r niferoedd yn gyfyngedig, felly dewch i casglu band-arddwrn oddi wrth MOSTYN o 2pm ar ddiwrnod y gig. 
Byddem yn ddiolchgar petaech byddech yn dilyn ac yn rhannu dudalen Facebook GLITCH @GLITCHMOSTYN // Instagram @glitch.festival am wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ddigwyddiadau'yn cael eu hychwanegu drwy'r amser, neu ffoniwch 01492 879201.
Mae GLITCH yn rhan o Circuit, dan arweiniad Tate gyda chyllid gan Sefydliad Paul Hamlyn.


Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 11, 2016 at 17:00

This event in Llandudno over the coming weekend looks to be something special!  Please go along and show your support if you can. 

We'd like to invite you and your friends and family to Gŵyl GLITCH Festival which opens at MOSTYN in Llandudno at 6pm on Friday 14th October 2016.
Our goal is to bring 2,000 15-25 year olds to the festival weekend so we'd be very pleased if you could bring a group or encourage them to come along.  However, everyone is welcome to attend whatever their age!
There's live music, films, interactive exhibitions, creative workshops and café/bar. Admission to the festival is FREE. The festival programme is attached or you can download here
Admission to gigs is also free. However numbers are limited so pick up an admission wristband from MOSTYN Gallery from 2pm on day of gig.
Follow GLITCH on Facebook @GLITCHMOSTYN  // Instagram @glitch.festival for up to date information on events and happenings being added all the time or telephone 01492 879201 to find out more.
GLITCH Festival is part of the national Circuit programme, led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Comment by Naomi Chiffi on October 4, 2016 at 15:00

We are thrilled that The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning and Mametz are now on the WJEC A Level Drama syllabus.  Please go to our TEAM pages online to see a selection of interviews with a number of creatives behind two of National Theatre Wales' most iconic shows. 

Comment by Devinda De Silva on September 22, 2016 at 14:47

The Best New Schools Don't Look Like Schools At All

It's all about using open architecture to nurture young minds.

Comment by Matt Ball on September 7, 2016 at 15:01

I'm on the lookout for a creative practitioner to work with a Primary School in Newport on a project about China. More details in this blog:

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on June 28, 2016 at 10:18

In other news, if you are a teacher or work with young people and would be interested in some scripts to help creatively engage with your groups, then please do get in touch as we have scripts available which we would be happy to donate to you.   We currently have copies of The Dark Philosophers based on the stories of Gwyn Thomas and adapted by Carl Grose as well as A Provinicial Life, by Peter Gill and based on the work of Anton Chekhov.  If you would be interested, just let us know. 

Comment by Naomi Chiffi on June 28, 2016 at 10:13

An interesting report on the future of higher education, asking "what will college look like five, ten, and twenty years from now?"

As student loan debt has risen significantly over the past several years, future higher education continues to be seen in the spotlight. GoodCall’s report touches on online driven education, a student’s return on investment, greater accountability placed on colleges and more.  It's an interesting read. 

The report can be found here:


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