Archive for the ‘Retail Theatre’ Category

Major fans will be interested to know that there will be a permanent element of Mary at Westfield Stratford City. Within The Skills Place Newham Mary’s Guide to Successful Retailing will be offering all elements of her amazing course to small and medium businesses. I know it’s amazing because I experienced a course in Visual Merchandising yesterday. At Westfield London in actual fact.

For anyone who doesn’t know Mary Portas – here’s a pic:

She's the one in the middle!

 And you can check her out here: Info about Mary

Before participating in yesterday’s Visual Merchandising (VM) course I had been expecting a hands on experience designing displays and demonstrating placement of goods to show them off to their best advantage. But it really wasn’t much like that at all but, in actual fact, delivered information of depth and breadth way beyond what I was expecting. By the end  I felt I had acquired a comprehensive working knowledge of VM and, wandering back through Westfield on my way home, I even had a few moments of delight glancing into shops to check out my knowledge (anyone who knows me would laugh at this as I am certainly not a great ‘shopper’).

The excellent training was delivered by a lovely lady called Shalina Alabaksh. Shalina was a fantastic communicator and brought so much life and practical experience to the training it was like having a personally tailored conversation with an expert concerned only with my complete understanding. Quite a luxury in training experiences!

Anyway – the upshot being that now not only do I feel I can talk with authority about VM to groups of students, but I also have a number of different elements I can add to my project which should neatly fit into other aspects of the curriculum eg: Maths, Design Technology & Art to name but a few.

Can’t wait to try out this project after half term . . .


I am very much looking forward to developing additional resources for one of our longstanding projects:

‘Retail Theatre’ evolved out of the Year 9 Retail Taster Days and has been amazingly successful in building awareness of the opportunities and pathways in the retail sector.  Students were so enthused by the experience that many of them expressed a desire to find out more information about career options. Student feedback comments included: “Learning about the design and layouts of shops was really interesting”, “It’s hard work and we learned about what shops need” and “I am definitely thinking about retail now”.

Please click to download the 2010 full project report: 2.9 Retail Theatre Resource V2

I am especially looking forward to developing additional angles to Retail Theatre with Deborah Millington who has been instrumental in its success over the years. Deborah is a Director of Red Border Ltd who are a specialist visual merchandising company who, along with their own consultancy and commissions, also run an educational programme raising awareness of the scope of the retail industry. Red Border Ltd

I met Deborah last week and was inspired by her passion for the exciting world of retail and feel sure we can dream up some additional activities to complement what’s already on offer. So I’m thinking something interactive, something that involves teamwork, something that offers a real insight and hands on experience of an aspect of retail.

Hmmm . . .