A three day CPD that utilises the latest in design thinking For all teachers

Teacher Summer School

A three-day summer school using expert advice from designers, makers and users to enrich teaching practice lead by designer Henry James and working with Imperial College’s Reach Out Maker Space. The summer school will stimulate new ways of thinking, working and making.

Designer Henry James will lead the three day process of designing, making and using

Day 2 is hosted at Imperial College's brand new Reach Out maker space

Keynote talk from Anna Bullus, designer and founder of Gumdrop Ltd

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Ticket price £150

  • Day 1: Designing - Hear from Design experts and create your own brief.

  • Day 2: Making - Spend the day at Reach Out Maker Space learning about ways of making and respond to the brief.

  • Day 3: Using - Hear about rigorous user testing and test your own design in the Design Museum

What to expect

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses use innovative ideas from the world of design and the inspiring context of the Museum to address themes that matter to educators. You will:

  • Hear from inspiring designers about their work in industry

  • Work to create your own brief, respond to it using rapid prototyping and test it with potential users

  • Receive expert advice on using making tools at Imperial College's Reach Out maker space

  • Hear from teachers with innovative and exciting school practice

  • Learn about the content of the Design Museum's collection and hear the design stories behind the Museum

  • Explore approaches to problem-solving that can translate into innovative teaching and learning methodologies in your professional context

Who should attend?

Both primary and secondary teachers across Design and Technology and Art and Design.

All levels of expertise and specialism are welcome.


Henry James

Henry is the Creative lead, design management and business strategy at Future Product. He will be leading the three days of content, taking teachers on a journey through design briefs, making and testing with users. Henry has worked with charity Solar Aid to create affordable, Solar Powered LED lighting for countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Anna Bullus

Anna is the designer and mastermind behind the Gumdrop bin and gumtech material, which uses used chewing gum to create a brand new material for use in a range of products.

Kate Mulcahy

Kate is a physicist who helped set up and run Imperial College's Reach out Maker space in White City. She will be leading the day of making and teaching use of the equipment on hand.

Jamie McCloskey

Jamie joined SolarAid in September 2014, the same month SunnyMoney opened its office in Uganda. It was the ambition of SolarAid to be where they are most needed, through a business based model.

Gurpal Thiara

Gurpal is learning leader for DT at seven kings high school. He will talking about teaching in the current financial climate.

The day of your visit

Plan your visit

The new Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG.

Get in touch

Please contact the Design Museum on +44 20 3862 5900 or the Bookings Office on +44 20 3862 5937 Monday to Friday (10:00 to 18:00). For enquiries outside of these hours, please submit an online enquiry.