Andria Zafirakou – Art at the Heart of Education
September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Neil Gaiman, writer and creator, once said: ‘The one thing that you have that nobody else has, is you. Your voice, you mind, your story, your vision… So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.’
To open the new chapter in the work of the Applied Education Research Network of the Chartered College of Teaching and its new location at The Victory Academy, who is so proud of their Artsmark Platinum Award, we want to celebrate children’s voices, their mind and their stories expressed in many different ways for us to see, hear and enjoy. We are also honoured to welcome Andria Zafirakou MBE, Global Teacher Prize Winner 2018, Art and Textile teacher herself as a key speaker to share with us her vision and story how through Art, lives of many children at her school have been changed.
The Network event is an incredible opportunity to enjoy Art and performances by children from local schools, but also a time to reflect on the importance of Art in its different forms and where it features in our schools and what opportunities are provided for our pupils.
Ms ANDRIA ZAFIRAKOU, MBE 2018
Global prize winner, Best teacher in the world
Andria Zafirakou, a teacher at Alperton Community School in Brent, won $1 million when she was crowned the best teacher in the world. Andria was born in north west London to Greek-Cypriot parents and state educated in Brent and Camden.
She is an art and textiles teacher in Brent on the outskirts of London, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse places. She is passionate about education and changing the lives of young people and underserved communities through creativity. She has worked her entire teaching career of 13 years at Alperton Community School and was promoted to Deputy Head of Art within a year of her arrival. She is now Associate Deputy Headteacher leading on staff professional development. Using the prize money awarded by the Global Teacher prize, Andria founded a charity called Artists in Residence (AiR) with an aim to improve arts education in schools.
Andria has also been named in the top ten of The Evening Standard’s 1000 Londoners List. A list of the most influential people in London.