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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 three award-winning arts producers and promoters in Somerset: Somerset Art Works (art & design), Somerset Film (creative IT) 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.

Somerset Film and InspirED are proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture. To find out how we can support your Artsmark journey, telephone 01278 433172.

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What / who is InspirED?

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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.

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.

Coming up this Winter...

KS1 and 2 Network 

New Primary Arts Toolkit: Ideas and resources for your school

How do you plan an Arts Week and why is it a great idea for your school? Help is at hand!

Based on a wealth of experience supporting schools in Somerset, InspirED has created a toolkit packed with ideas, top tips, examples and resources to guide and inspire you in leading and organising your own school Arts Week.

Date: Tuesday 05 February Venue: The Engine Room, 52 High Street Bridgwater TA6 3BL

4pm: Arrivals, tea and delicious cake, a chance to speak 1-2-1 with the InspirED team

4.30 – 6pm: Arts Week resources presentation, discussion and practical workshop led by artist and arts educator Sara Dudman. During the session you will learn more about the full cross-curricular and SEMH impact of an Arts Week (or even just an Arts Day!) for your school, with opportunities to talk to other teachers and find out what other schools have done. You will walk away with your own toolkit resource to get you started and enjoy a fun, hands-on shadow-puppet workshop to kick-start your ideas and boost up your skills.

Booking essential by 31 Jan 2019: T: 01278 433172 or email [email protected] FREE to InspirED subscribers Non-inspired – £45 per person


InspirED Photography Competition  2018

In 2018 we ran and exhibited our first ever schools  photography competition with support from The Royal Photographic Society.  We received over 300 wonderful entries that were then narrowed down to 18 winners and highly commended photographs. The full exhibition took place at The Brewhouse Theatre in Autumn 2018.

View full list of winning entries below...


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

As well as the activities detailed below we also place filmmakers and digital artists in schools.

Minecraft Workshops

Using this popular 3D building software, we’ll work with groups of KS2 pupils to create a virtual sculpture garden and give you ideas to realise their vision later in the academic year. Each workshop lasts one hour and can accommodate up to 8 children per session.
Dates Available: Tuesday 29th &, Wednesday 30 January and Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th February 2019*

*Booked on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that access to the internet require so a good wi-fi network is

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. We usually suggest a maximum of 6 to 8 teachers per session.

After School Photography Club Guide

This guide is designed to help you to deliver a ten-week photography club at your primary school. It contains ideas, activities and technical advice. Each session will take approx. an hour. You can either undertake each assignment in order or create number cards for your club participants to draw out of a hat. This really is just a guide and we welcome your feedback on it - we’re keen to hear what works for you and to see the work created.

Need to borrow some cameras? We have 20* x Small Cameras (Ixus, Nikon etc) available to borrow free of charge. *If you need one for every child in a class then let us know.

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.

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



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

Film made with Somerset schools 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.

National resources for schools

Into Film Curriculum linked resources - take a look at their latest resources including Mindfulness through Film and Hidden Figures -helping young people explore themes of diversity, equality and careers in STEM.

National Schools Partnership - latest release include Viceroy's House for use in the history classroom and a STEM based learning resource for years five and six

Want to run your own School Film Club?

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