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Creating Aspirations

Creating Aspirations builds a positive lasting relationship between UCL and school children at George Mitchell Primary School in the London borough of Waltham Forest.

Since 2018, teams of students on the Museums and Galleries in Education MA at UCL have worked with a year 5 class throughout the academic year. The students, pupils and class teacher work together to decide the direction the project so every year has a different outcome.

Creating Aspirations is part of the UCL East schools programme managed by Emma Bryant, UCL Culture.

Creatures: Mythical and Real

This year, as part of the Creating Aspirations project, a team of six students: Abhiniti Ahuja, Hanyu Bao, Aurelia Chen, Haojing Huang, Wangshu Peng and Xiaoyu Zhang worked with Yew Class to create 6 unusual bookmarks for the Petrie and Grant Museum shops.

Discovering Ancient Sudan

A team of five students: Yifei He, Ditte Rasmussen, Celine Romano, Xinxin Wang and Yibing Zhao are working with Anna Garnett, the curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptology. They are creating virtual learning resources for Cedar Class to introduce them to the museum and the amazing ancient Sudanese objects in the collection. Due to the pandemic the children are working from home and cannot visit UCL.

Grant Museum Takeover

Creating Aspirations project in 2019-2020 was run by students Maja Neske and Sara Rayment. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a virtual Grant Museum Takeover replaced the real one originally planned for April 2020, it is the culmination of the year’s work. The pupils, aged 9-10, from Year 5 Yew class, wrote a trail with 13 objects. This became a virtual tour of the museum.

Project partners

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George Mitchell School
George Mitchell School is a popular and successful All-through school, educating children across three phases: Early Years, Primary and Secondary. We have almost 1000 children from nursery age to Year 11. Being an all-through school gives us great opportunities to tailor our curriculum and provision to the needs of every child and we are continuously looking at ways to stretch and challenge our students.

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Museums and Galleries in Education MA
The Museums and Galleries in Education MA combines academic study with professional educational practice in museums, galleries and heritage sites, looking at influential contemporary and historic theories in museum and gallery education.

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UCL Culture Schools Programme
Learning with our collections and sharing our incredible objects with young people through school visits and museum projects.
Creating Aspirations is part a free dedicated programme for schools from the London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

UCL East

UCL East
Building on UCL’s progressive history, positive impact and disruptive spirit, UCL East is the university campus of the future. We are bringing together UCL academics, students, local communities and industry to solve the biggest challenges affecting people’s lives and the planet – today and into the future.