iJADE Conference 2014: Collaborative practices in arts education

The fourth iJADE and NSEAD Conference 2014 is hosted this year by Tate Liverpool, 24-25 October 2014. The call for papers is now open. The Conference theme will focus on collaboration in arts education.

For registration, delegate fees and more information please follow this link.


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NSEAD responds to government announcement of examination reforms

The Government has announced the next steps in the reform of GCSEs and A levels.

Education Secretary Michael Gove MP's statement to parliament says the reforms would include “more rigorous content”. As advocates for a subject that has always been rigorous, the Society broadly welcomed the announcement, as it is a move away from a government perception that the arts are ‘soft subjects.’ More...

Welsh Government are committed to working closely with the arts and education

Huw Lewis, Education Minister for Wales, has indicated that recommendations in an Arts Council for Wales report will be implemented. He states: "Learning about the arts and culture, and playing an active part in the cultural life of the school and wider communities, are vital to developing a young person's identity and self-esteem." More...

Statistics released by the Government show growth of UK Creative Industries

Published 14 January 2014, offical statistics released by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport reveal that the UK's creative industries outperformed all other sectors of UK industry.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design Education

The fourth meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design Education was held Tuesday 6 February 2014. The meeting included representatives from both the House of Commons and Lords, providing opportunity to exchange information and to share NSEAD's principal aims.

Governance of the Society

The governance of the Society is dependent on the expertise and time of its membership. We are privileged with the advice and guidance of new Council and Board volunteers.

We are delighted to welcome Ged Gast as our President Elect for 2014, President for 2015-16 and Past President for 2017.

Art and Design Jobs

John F Kennedy School seek a teacher of art, MPS + London Fringe Allowance

John F Kennedy School are looking to appoint a full time, dynamic and well qualified teacher of art to join our successful art department. We are currently looking to revolutionise the whole curriculum, and seek input from a forward thinking and creative individual. Application deadline 28 April 2014 at 4pm.

Walbottle Campus seek a teacher of art – MPS Permanent

Walbottle Campus is an 11 to 18 secondary school, with 1750 students, which occupies a large, beautiful site in the Tyne valley. The School requires for September 2014 an outstanding Teacher of Art to join our well established, supportive and innovative team. Closing date for applications: Tuesday 22 April 2014 at 9 am.

Swanmore College seek a Teacher of Art and Design Main Scale (full time)

Swanmore College are seeking to appoint an inspiring, creative, enthusiastic and ambitious art and design teacher to join our forward thinking and supportive department from September 2014. Closing date 25 April 2014. More...

Rye Hills School seek an art and design teacher

Rye Hills School Redcar, TS10 2HN, seek a high calibre, forward-thinking and enthusiastic art teacher teacher to join their art and design department. Closing date for applications is 9am, 23 April 2014

Advertise here

If you are currently a member of NSEAD, or become a member of NSEAD during 2012-13, you (your school, college or university) can advertise an art and design educator post here for free. Contact NSEAD for more information. If you are not a member, but wish to advertise a vacancy, please contact NSEAD for information and fees.

Regional Network Groups

This new section of the website seeks to showcase existing regional network groups and provide information and support for members looking to join or set up a new network group.

NSEAD Consultant Members

NSEAD Consultants Members Database

The Society has identified a cohort of members who are working as consultants offering their professional advice and services within the context of art, craft and design education on an independent basis. Details of consultants who are also members and who have been accepted to join this section of the website can be found here.

Professional Development

Making Futures: Teachers Professional Development Workshops in art, craft and design

Sculpture with Darcy Turner Saturday 26 April, Godington Primary School, Asford, Kent. 10am-4pm, Cost £12 booking fee; £10 NSEAD members. More...

Regional Network Meetings

Visit our continuing professional development section for details of regional network events and meetings.

Curriculum Resources

A new Curriculum section

This section provides links to the curriculums in England, Scotland and Wales. NSEAD has also provided a parallel, alternative curriculum to that published by the DfE in 2013. It aims to move the Curriculum in England forward and support teachers and IT providers in their understanding of the nature, depth and breadth of art, craft and design.


E-update Archive

Our E-updates keep NSEAD members informed of recent developments and opportunities for art, craft and design educators. An archive of recent E-updates is available to members by following this link.

Teaching for careers in Art and Design

Teaching for Careers in Art and Design is a set of resources for Art and Design Teachers. The materials aim to help pupils become better informed about the careers opportunities in art, craft and design and can be used by pupils to plan effective progression routes into these, if they so choose.

Social Networking: guidelines for educators

NSEAD's guidelines for members using social networks are designed to support your safe use of social media. The areas explored are key benefits, security and conduct.


Craft in education

This section of the website focuses upon the contemporary, heritage and architecture led crafts, and seeks to provide a resource for teachers working with and advocating for the position and value of craft in education.


Why join NSEAD

Learn more about NSEAD, read what our members say and the benefits of becoming a member of the only professional subject association for art, craft and design.

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You can now advertise in any of NSEAD's publications: our fortnightly e-update, online in our Market Place and in AD our termly magazine. Find out more...

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Community for School Improvement

The School Improvement Community section of the website is now available. It has sections to alert this special interest community to relevant news, events and papers. There is also a School Improvement Community Forum for anyone who is involved in supporting Art and Design educators in schools or colleges.

Follow this LINK for further information to help you use the CfSI Forum


International Journal of Art & Design Education

iJADE Volume 33.1 is now available online. This issue is available for free download and contains papers on curriculum and pedagogy.

As an NSEAD member, or subscriber to AD magazine, you have access to all iJADE articles published since 1982. To access past issues NSEAD members should log in and click here.

AD magazine issue #9

AD magazine issue #9 has just been published. This issue includes an interview with Eleanor Crook, sculptor and medical artist, a free poster featuring Eleanor's work and Nigel Meager, author and educator, shares a photo-story which banishes the 'I can't draw' syndrome!

Art and Design Primary Coordinator's Handbook

The Art and Design Primary Coordinator's Handbook is now published by Belair in association with NSEAD. The Handbook was originally written by John Bowden and has been revised by Peter Gregory and Susan Ogier. NSEAD members please follow this link to purchase your copy for only £18.99; If you are not a member of NSEAD but would like to purchase a copy for £19.99 please follow this link. The RRP is £19.99. Prices includes p&p (UK only).

Teaching Art 7-11 by Nigel Meager

Teaching Art 7-11 is published by Belair in association with NSEAD, and is available from NSEAD's online bookshop.

NSEAD members, please follow this link to order your copy at our members’ rate of £20.99 (incl p&p in UK).

If you are not a member of NSEAD but would like to purchase a copy for £21.99 (incl p&p in UK) please follow this link. The RRP is £24.99.

Back issues of iJADE

The complete texts of all back issues of jADE/iJADE are available on line to members from Vol. 1 No.1, 1982 and are searchable via the abstracts. Make sure you log on to access this feature! Remember you must be an NSEAD member or iJADE subscriber to download copies from the Wiley-Blackwell website.

AD Magazine

NSEAD members and AD subscribers can now read or download issues of AD magazine online. Visit the AD Archive here. Please make sure you are logged in to read AD online.

AD is now published at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Issue #8 has just been sent to members.

To download a sample copy AD or to subscribe, follow this LINK.

Contributions are welcome from all phases of education. Guidance on writing primary articles is available here and an AD magazine house style guide is available here.

Trade Union support

NSEAD is an independent trade union

Teachers, Newly Qualified Teachers and Newly Qualified Lecturers, and Life Members in the United Kingdom have the option to receive full trade union benefits. For a membership fee comparable to other unions the NSEAD provides not only trade union services but all the functions of a specialist subject association and learned society.

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2013

Following the acceptance of the recommendations in the School Teachers’ Review Body's 21st report of 5 December 2012, the government has now published the draft School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document together with departmental advice which has been produced to assist schools in reviewing and revising their approach to teachers’ pay. More....