The distinctiveness of Art & Design

This new paper for NSEAD members will help subject leaders and senior management teams better understand the distinctiveness of art and design and D&T. The paper is in the form of a presentation which explains that both subjects are complementary, that they are not an alternative to each other and that the study of one does not replace the other.


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2019 GCSE results – Time to celebrate for art and design, but the work continues

GCSE results show a substantial rise in the number of students completing Art & Design specifications this year. According to Ofqual the total numbers of students taking art and design in England* has risen by 8.7%, with 166,325 completions in 2018 and 182,205 reported this year. More...

Withdrawal of government funding for three art and design level qualifications

The Government has announced that funding will be withdrawn for what they describe as ‘duplicate’ qualifications. Three art and design qualifications have been affected. Read our response here

The NSEAD campaign against inequalities in initial teacher bursaries and misrepresentation of our subject

Initial teacher trainees in art and design, unlike the most other subjects, do not receive a bursary. Nick Gibb's most recent reply justifying bursary allocations, states that English Baccalaureate subjects are ‘prioritised for funding'. When this is impacting so fully on our teachers and our subject, NSEAD cannot accept this inequality.

New Ofsted inspection framework is published

Ofsted has published its final version of the new education inspection framework. Read our response and key changes relevant for art, craft and design educators.

Why art, craft and design matters, advocacy materials

The poster, postcards, and a six-page advocacy resource are available to purchase and download. (Members will need to log in first to access them).

A new report recommends the government takes action to halt the decline of creative and cultural education

Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport published by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, 14 May 2019, asks the government to take action in order to halt the decline of creative education in schools.

Art and Design teacher numbers and hours taught for continue to fall

The recently published DfE data (for November 2017) indicate that since 2011 there has been a 16.5% fall in hours taught in art and design. Since 2012, art and design teacher numbers have fallen by 15%.

New NSEAD Special lapel pin badges

Our special edition lapel pin enamel badge celebrate the founding of NSEAD in 1888. Visit non-members' and members' pages for more info.

Art and Design Jobs

Vacancy: Freelance Evaluator

SPACE is seeking to commission an individual or organisation to research and evaluate the impact of our Learning & Participation programme. Find out more and how to apply here. Deadline for applications: midnight, Mon 9 Sep.


To advertise vacancies

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

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....

Professional Development

Shaping the future conference...with our members and supporters

On behalf of all our members we wish to thank 'The Shaping the Future' conference host venue, our new president and executive boards, all presenters and panelists, workshop leaders and delegates, all supporting organisations and our newest patron, Keith Brymer Jones. More...


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.

Curriculum Resources

Curriculum guidance

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.

Artway and NSEAD are working together to provide art kits for schools that will also support the work of the Society.

About Us

NSEAD membership benefits

Find out what we do, what we offer and what are the benefits of being a member of NSEAD here.

Subscription Offers & Terms & Conditions

The following offers are available on membership subscriptions:

PRM19/PGCE – Student teachers: sign up in advance a direct debit for September 1st 2020 (NQT membership) and get free Student membership for your as a trainee teacher this year – offer ends July 30th 2020

PRM19/MFAM – Current members: Introduce a friend or colleague to NSEAD and we will reward you with a 20% refund on your annual subscription for 2019-20 – offer ends 30th November 2019

Advertise with NSEAD

You can now advertise in any of NSEAD's publications: our fortnightly newsletter, on our homepage here, or in AD our termly magazine. Find out more...

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Privacy and data protection policy

This policy aims to ensure that the Society is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Support us

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You can support NSEAD by joining and becoming a member, donating, and by organising a legacy. Find out 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.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education is an informal cross-party group which is run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. The secretariat is organised by NSEAD. The APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education meets in Westminster a minimum of once per term.

Details of meetings, presentations and papers given, as well as contact details of members are available in this section.


AD magazine #26, the community and making issue

This issue pays tribute to the communities that make art and the art that makes communities. The issue includes an interview with artist, Katie Paterson and an A2 poster of her immense glitter ball: Totality, 2016. Photo © Flora Bartlett 2016, Courtesy of the Arts Council Collection

iJADE 38.2 is available - log in as a member access all issues

This iJADE 38.2 includes an editorial by Jeff Adams, Desperate Journeys which examines Paul Dash's recent paintings of refugees attempting sea crossings. Such human displacement is discussed in the context of his negative educational experiences as a child, and his salvation and sanctuary of his school's art room.

Image: Detail Rescued Night Refugees Rest Paul Dash, 2017

The International Encyclopedia of Art and Design Education is launched

NSEAD members get 20% off the IEADE (print version).

International Journal of Art & Design Education

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.

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

AD is published three times a year. NSEAD members can all download back issues of AD online. Visit the AD Archive here. Please make sure you are logged in to read AD online.

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.

Book review, by Ruth Robinson

Collins Cambridge International AS & A Level Art & Design: Student’s Book

By Alan Parsons, Liz Macfarlane and Louise Arnould

This student book provides comprehensive coverage of the Cambridge International syllabus and has been developed by subject experts. It offers creative and engaging material that will enable students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, whilst also promoting confidence and independence. More...

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.


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.