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InspirED Somerset

Creative opportunities for children and young people in education across Somerset

InspirED is a subscription based service, bringing the skills and expertise of art and media professionals direct to Somerset schools, colleges and education settings. It is a partnership between four award-winning arts producers and promoters in Somerset: Somerset Art Works (art & design), Somerset Film (creative IT), SPAEDA (CPD) and Take Art (Dance, drama and early years). All of the activity detailed below is provided free of charge to subscribing schools (unless indicated) in addition to our partners programmes.

If your school has not yet subscribed you can read more about the offer in full here or talk to us or our partners about the benefits it brings. Not a subscriber or outside of Somerset? - there are a lots of downloadable resources below and which we can signpost you to, that are free to all...

Free film screening for teachers on January 19th...

InspirED - Choosing your subject options

What and who is InspirED Somerset?

InspirED at Somerset Film

Film and digital media (creative IT) offer a wealth of creative potential and we aim to help you make the most of these possibilities to the benefit of Somerset’s children and young people.

During the 2017 spring term we are offering:

Mindfulness Workshop and Film Screening (see below)

Digidays (see below)

Into Film CPD workshops (see opposite)

and we'll be supporting ArtNET twilight events.

Plus we'll be at the S4S5 Art & DT Open Day at The Blue School, Wells, Somerset on February 10th - hope to see you there!

Later this year we will also be offering 'Making Headlines' a FREE one day workshop for schools on making the news. You can either come to us at The Engine Room or we'll come to you.

Plus there are a host of resources (see below). We are also working with early years and special education providers to ensure that our offer is inclusive – that no-one is left behind.


We are pleased to be able to continue to offer FREE Into Film CPD workshops. These can take place either at your school or at The Engine Room and can either be two hours or one day. A minimum of 6 participants is required. If you don’t have quite enough staff but are interested then do let us know as we can match you with a session taking place at another school. Sessions include:

Raising Literacy Attainment through Film

Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment

Kubla Khan Poetry Resource and Workshops

'Imagined Worlds' is a new teachers' pack from 'The Friends of Coleridge Society' download here. It contains ideas to help young people between the ages of 10-17 to explore and create responses to the poem 'Kubla Khan'. The poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge was first published in 1816, so this year marks its bicentenary. It links with a national poetry writing competition and an art exhibition of work using the theme 'Imagined Worlds'. Later this year a limited number of artist-led workshops will be available to InspirED schools. Contact our colleagues at Somerset Art Works to find out more.

As well as the activities detailed below we also work in partnership with SPAEDA to place filmmakers and digital artists in schools.

InspirED Digidays

We offer face-to-face support through pre-bookable 60 or 90 minute sessions.  These will typically run at our Bridgwater Engine Room base.  However by arrangement we can also come to you – indeed we would like to do so as it gives us a chance to better tailor what we offer to the benefit of your students.

Use these sessions to get the support you need to develop a digital project or to exploit digital technology to augment other creative work in any aspect of the curriculum.  They are intended as CPD but on occasion we may be able to meet with a small group of your students in the process.  As you will be aware the best return on your investment in InspirED is to embed skills with your staff. Time is limited so it is best to use these sessions to get something moving or to trouble shoot.

NEW: Introduction to Mindfulness 

24 January 4pm at The Engine Room, Bridgwater

FREE 1.5 hour workshop for Teaching and Support Staff covering the following:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Stress and how it effects the mind and body
  • Mindfulness and Compassion techniques and practical applications to support emotional wellbeing and resilience in daily living
  • Practical applications in the classroom
  • Access to online resources and handouts in electronic format

Want to see the impact Mindfulness has had in other schools? Come and watch feature documentary "Room to Breathe" on January 19th at The Engine Room. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. The film is a documentary about a US school, which introduced mindfulness into the classrooms. Tickets are FREE for teachers - book here.

InspirED is a unique partnership between Somerset Art Works, Somerset Film, Spaeda,  and Take Art, contracted by Somerset Children and Young People’s Compact. 

New Resources for 2016/17


Kit/accessories that you can borrow free of charge to undertake creative projects in schools or to simply try out before investing in your own.

Equipment available includes:

  • Canon XA10 Camera HD and Tripod - ideal for making school news reports or short dramas
  • Rode microphone, headphones, boom pole and clapperboard
  • 6 x iPad stands and tripods great for use when animating or filmmaking in groups
  • 20* x Small Cameras (Ixus, Nikon etc) - perfect for photography activities and can also do video.

Booked on a first-come, first-served basis. We're keen to hear about any other equipment you might be interested in having access too so we can add it to a wish-list for future investment.

*If you need one for every child in a class then let us know.

Scripts for Secondary School Drama Groups

We’ve commissioned award-winning writer Richard Addison to produce three original scripts especially for secondary schools to produce. These are FREE for you to use if you include the credits indicated on each script. We’d love to see the finished results so don’t forget to send us a link to your films – we’ll be featuring the best on Somerset TV and on our website.

More Resources for schools

Our latest film made with schools especially for young people Choosing your Subject Options - Your guide to Art, Dance and Drama

SEN Resources folder - full of useful documents we've found online for film and animation

Listen to an interview with Roots of Empathy, which describes a truly innovative and inspiring approach to emotional dysfunction in children and young adults

Decode resources, created to help anyone working with young people use digital media to explore history, in particular, carnival and fair,

Family Connections resources - a series of 'how to' videos for use by all ages on subjects ranging from using Pinterest to iMovie and iStop Motion.

Regional resources for schools

We were commissioned to make two interactive games 'The Giant's Story', and 'Fantastical Feats' by libraries in the South West and Pavilion Dance South West. They were designed to encourage children aged 4 - 11 years to read more about local myths and legends and Record Breaking achievements.

National resources for schools

Into Film Curriculum linked resources - latest releases include copyright & intellectual property and science.

National Schools Partnership - latest release include storytelling and drawing for 7-9 year olds taking the latest Snoopy film as inspiration and citizenship and youth voice resources for 13-19 year olds with He Named Me Malala

After-school Animation Club Guide

We commissioned filmmaker and teacher Kate Saunders to work with us to create a guide to running a ten-week after-school animation club. The guide includes week-by-week activities you can lead with your primary school group, helpful advice and links to resources and tutorial videos. It's free to download and could be led by a teaching assistant or volunteer. If you’re thinking of offering a club in your school don’t forget if you're an InspirED school you can book a Digiday as a practical introduction and support. Do let us know how you get on with the guide and we'd love to see the work you create...

You might decide to charge for the club and use the fees towards your InspirED subscription or to buy more equipment for your school.

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