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City Hall to add fashion programme to school curriculum

Sadiyah Ismailjee
02 March 2020

City Hall and London College of Fashion have partnered to create a collection of free resources designed to give London-based school children an insight into opportunities in the fashion industry.

The "Fashion London" Key Stage 3 resources have been produced by art and design teachers to allow students a glimpse into the range of careers available in the fashion sector, with the aim of encouraging the next generation of designers and entrepreneurs, and to help improve diversity in the industry.

The programme includes free lesson plans which guide students through the complete design process. In addition, teachers will have access to free training sessions at London College of Fashion to gain guidance on how to use the resources. Furthermore, 300 student at the East Education Summer School 2020 will be given the opportunity to experience a bespoke workshop.

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons, said: “London is a global fashion capital and it’s really important that we give the next generation the chance to pursue a career in the industry. Starting in schools is a great way to give young people a taste of what’s on offer and to encourage them to take their first steps towards a successful career."

This is a growing industry worth £32 billion a year to the economy, with 890,000 jobs and so I’m delighted that we have developed this fantastic resource to open up this great industry to young Londoners and help make it more representative of our city.”

This resource is the latest in a series of work from City Hall to support the industry. This includes East Bank, a new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, launching the Fashion District, a world-leading hub for fashion technology, in east London, supporting artist workspaces, and developing Creative Enterprise Zones to specifically support artists across the capital.

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