iJADE Conference, Sustainability in Creative Arts Education

The Glasgow School of Art, 6-7 November 2015. The call for papers closes 30 September 2015.


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Percentage totals of GCSE art and design candidates stays the same

This year a total of 194,637 candidates sat GCSE art and design subjects. Of these candidates 65,783 were male and 128,854 were female.

The total overall number of art and design candidates has increased by 3,239 candidates this year from 191,398 in 2014 to 194,637 in 2015. However of note as a total percentage of all candidates for all subjects, art and design remains the same as in 2014 at 3.7 percent. More...

GCE results 2015 show a continued decline in numbers taking art and design

AS level art and design GCE has seen a continued decline in numbers. A evel numbers have seen a a slight fall with a more significant decrease in male candidate numbers. Results show that for both GCE A and AS levels the attainment gap has grown this year. More...

Generation Art: Young Artists on Tour film

This short film shows the outstanding and wide-ranging work submitted to Generation Art. It includes interviews with the young artists exhibiting work, as well as Jane Sillis, Director of engage, and Ian Middleton HMI, National Lead for Art, Craft and Design Ofsted.

The English Baccalaureate

An addition to the Education Bill it was announced on Thursday 11 June; all secondary school pupils in England will have to take GCSEs in core subjects, English, maths, science, a language and either history or geography. As a priority, and supported by research and evidence taken from its annual survey, the Society will continue to challenge the implications of the English Baccalaureate on art and design, and a broad and balanced curriculum and cultural entitlement for all pupils across all phases.

New film: A message from Bob and Roberta Smith

In partnership with our colleagues at the Campaign for Drawing we have commissioned a film of our patron Bob and Roberta Smith talking about why we should teach art in schools. More...

General Election 2015: A new Government

NSEAD welcomes the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP back into her role as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities.

The Society has written an open letter to Nicky Morgan outlining concerns and anticipated actions based on the current Conservative Party Manifesto, the Workload Challenge; Analysis of Teacher Consultation Responses Document published by the past Coalition Government and our own NSEAD Manifesto for Art Craft and Design Education and the NSEAD Educator Survey 2014. More...

General Election 2015

The Society wishes to thanks its many members and supporters who have been championing the visual arts in education in the run up to the General Election. More...

A new short film introduces how teachers can interpret the national curriculum for art and design

This new film commissioned by the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Art, Craft and Design (ESAG) explains the requirements and range of interpretations of the art and design national curriculum. More...

Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth, The 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value

The Warwick Commission's report, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth calls on the Government and Ofsted to ensure all children up to 16 receive a broad cultural education and urge tha no school should be designated "outstanding" without evidence of an excellent cultural and creative education.

The Donaldson review of the school curriculum in Wales is published

Successful Futures is major independent review by Professor Graham Donaldson of the school curriculum in Wales. The review recommends four 'Curriculum purposes' to include 'Enterprising, creative contributors ready to play a part in life and work'; Six 'Areas of Learning and Experience' which include Expressive arts (p.43-44); The review also emphasises digital competence as one of three Cross-curriculum Responsibilities.

OPSN Report 'Lack of options: how a pupil's academic choices are affected by where they live'

A report published by the Open Public Services Network (OPSN) shows that subjects being provided at a given school can vary greatly across the country and that young people in poor neighbourhoods are either denied access or strongly encouraged not to take up certain subjects. More...

Ofqual publishes documents showing GCSE subject content and assessment objectives

The Society was involved in a variety of consultations with and alongside the DfE, Ofqual and the Awarding Organisations prior to the release of GCSE subject content for art and design, and GCSE art and design assessment objectives. We thank all our members for their time taken in contributing to our work within this context. Art and Design GCSE content can be viewed here and art and design assessment objectives here.

Sign up to A Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education

Throughout the summer NSEAD members, supporters, agencies, organisations, venues and creative practitioners have been signing up to the NSEAD Manifesto for Art Craft and Design Education. We are delighted with this support, have you signed up yet? Contact Anne Ingall

NSEAD's survey findings highlight the impact of policy changes on art, craft and design

NSEAD's report Art, Craft and Design Educator Survey Report 2014 provides detailed evidence that shows the negative impact of government policy on our subject. The report includes five main conclusions. More...

Art and Design Jobs

Teacher of art and design, maternity cover

The Green School require from January 2016, an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher of art and design. Application forms and further details are available on the website: Closing date for applications: 12noon Monday 12 October 2015.

Newman University, Birmingham seek two part time Visiting Lecturers

Newman University, Birmingham are looking for two part time Visiting Lecturers to work with us as required. More...

Advertise here

If you are currently a member of NSEAD, or become a member of NSEAD during 2013-14, 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.

Professional Development

Making Connections for primary and secondary schools: FREE CPD

Sandham Memorial Chapel offers a unique opportunity for students in primary and secondary schools to engage firsthand with the work of Stanley Spencer and to reflect on this within the context of Art, Craft and Design. These two training days take place 12 and 13 October 2015. Image: The Resurrection of the Soldiers, Sir Stanley Spencer. More...

(R)Evolution: celebrating the National Art Education Archive at Thirty, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Saturday 17 October 2015

The National Art Education Archive plays a vital role in our understanding of the histories of art, craft and design education and their futures. The conference will seek to put the NAEA into context and consider its future development for all our communities.

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. Resources developed by the Art & Design Expert Advisory Group are also located in this section.


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.

Careers progression in art and design

This guidance is for teachers and leaders of art and design in secondary schools and FE colleges who are involved in recruitment, either as interviewers or interviewees. It will help those who are applying for teaching posts, by providing insight into the nature of the selection process. This is a members only section, please log in before visiting this resource

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.


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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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.

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.

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....

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.


AD magazine and poster, issue #14

AD magazine #14 has just been published. This issue includes an interview with artist Tania Kovats and a pull-out resource created by the Design Thinking Agency: 'Why art and design'

International Journal of Art & Design Education

iJADE Volume 34.2 is online and available for download. This issue has a focus on architecture and includes an editorial by Dr. Sandra Hiett.

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

Book review

Creative License: From Leeds College of Art to Leeds Polytechnic, 1963-1973 by James Charnley; review by Ted Kennedy
'James Charnley writes in a clear style that avoids jargon and any attempt to over theorise or confuse the reader with esoteric language. He moves from a description of Leeds in the 1960s, drawing on valuable testimonies from ex-students and lecturers, to an overview of the development of art education in higher education.' More...

Book Review

Drawing Projects for Children by Paula Briggs; review by Eileen Adams
The chunky (8’’x10’) Drawing Projects for Children is a beautiful book: 144 pages, printed on thick paper, with colour illustrations on nearly every page. Well done designers Freddy Williams and Vanessa Wong! It is robust both in content and presentation, a book that will be of use for a long time. More...

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.

A new e-publication for NSEAD members: 'An Art Miscellany for the weary and perplex'd' by Richard Hickman

Richard Hickman's An art miscellany for the weary and perplex'd is a compendium and collection of art classifications. The lists and glossaries include DAMP HEMS (Dead Artist, Mainly Painters, Heteronormative, European and Male), movements and money matters! Compiled initially 'for the benefit of novice teachers' Hickman's Miscellany will bring a wry smile and knowledge to its many and varied readers.

In order to download the Miscellany NSEAD members will need to log-in to the NSEAD website using your username and password. Then visit Occasional Papers and Films where you can find the Miscellany listed. More...

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 can now read or download back 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 #14 has just been sent to members.

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

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