Case study:
Tate Exchange

A cultural partnership with Tate, connecting children with physical and digital objects in a creative way

Tate Exchange

What we do

London CLC is a Tate Exchange associate. Once a year we take over the Exchange floor on level 5 of Tate Modern, giving pupils from local schools the chance to create digital and non-digital art inspired by Tate Modern’s collections in the gallery space.

Tate Exchange is always one of the highlights of the London CLC calendar. It connects children with the huge variety of physical and digital objects in the gallery and creates a space for them in a community of artists.

In 2019 we supported more than 200 children and their teachers to explore the theme of ‘movement’. The activities on offer ranged from using software to create sonic soundscapes triggered by body movement to using Scratch and video motion sensors to draw patterns on screens with their movements.

Each workstation provided the children with an activity to work on and learn through making and creating goals for themselves, scaffolded and supported by adults. The free-flowing set up allowed the children to choose which activities they did and for how long, an approach that we take in all our cultural partnership projects. The result was a phenomenal level of involvement and creativity.

We also held our annual creative arts forum for arts educators with differing levels of digital experience, during the Tate Exchange project. This enabled them to observe the pupils, hear from visiting practitioners and creative industry experts, explore how digital technologies can support creative arts teaching and, after hours, get hands-on with the Tate Exchange activities the children were doing earlier in the day.


What I notice as I walk around is that every child is 100% engaged in the activity they are doing. Everyone’s really focused. With the activities, the children are using so many different skills: there’s a lot of problem solving going on, children are learning new digital skills and working together collaboratively to do that. They are taking risks with some of the things that they do, a lot of it is new to them and they are just trying things out to see what happens – and that’s the essence of creativity. It is an essential skill for life.

- Primary school teacher


It was fun because you got to create it by yourself and you didn’t have anyone telling you how to do it.

- Pupil taking part in Tate Exchange

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Funded programmes

Our large funded programmes offer free courses, events and multimedia resources to develop the skills of school leaders, teachers, students and the whole school community. Our current projects include BlendEd, which helps teachers, school leaders and other educators design effective teaching and learning that makes the most of digital technologies.

Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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