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NSEAD Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education 2017

During 2013, in preparation for the General Election 2014, the Society consulted with its members and produced the NSEAD Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education.

A guide for Governors and Trustees

NSEAD invites you to circulate this guide for Governors and Trustees, created by the Society in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Governors’ Association.


The Society has considered the budget launched by Chancellor Phillip Hammond on Wednesday 8 March 2017 and offers its initial response. More...

GCSE art and design numbers fell sharly in 2016

As predicted the total number of art and design GCSEs taken in 2016 fell sharply from 194,637 to 183,085 candidates. The reduction of 11,552 candidates is the biggest decline recorded since 2000. More...

The campaign to save AS and A-Level GCE Art History is successful

Pearsons have confirmed that AS and A-Level Art History will run from September 2017. The Association of Art Historians report: 'The new specification available for teaching from September 2017 also serves as an important milestone in ensuring that young people will continue to have the opportunity to learn about art history through a formal, accredited level 5 qualification.'

A new Crafts Council report 'Studying Craft 16' shows craft education is at risk

Findings in Studying Craft 16 show a sector facing an unsustainable model for educating and training current and future makers. More...

GCE art and design numbers decline

Art and design GCEs numbers have continued to decline. And, whilst other subjects have seen a decrease in AS-Level candidate numbers, art and design, with a 33.4 per cent decrease has seen one of the biggest declines. More...

NSEAD Survey Report 2015-16

The report documents the findings of NSEAD's largest and most comprehensive survey to date and answers the question: 'In the last five years how has government policy impacted on art, craft and design education?' More...

When other trade unions apart from NSEAD are taking industrial action

In such circumstances or occasions where members work alongside colleagues who are members of other trade unions who are taking industrial action the following advice must be taken. More...

#CreativeJourneys films - career choices in and advocacy for art and design

This fantastic new film explains why studying art and design and design and technology have value – value in terms of learning and value in terms of career choice. More...

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...

Art and Design Jobs

Open City, Learning Assistant Internship

Open City is looking for an imaginative, ambitious intern to join their close-knit education team in East London. The 3-4 month internship will cover a range of tasks assisting in the co-ordination and delivery of their ongoing school programmes.

Advertise here

If you are currently a member of NSEAD, or become a member of NSEAD during 2015-16, 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 Meetings

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


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

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.

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.

Advertise with NSEAD

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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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.


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.


iJADE 36.1

The most recent issue of iJADE is now available online. Don't forget you have to be logged into the NSEAD website before the link to the Wiley Interscience site is visible on the iJADE page.

AD magazine and poster, issue #18

AD #18 includes a range of features and articles which focus on the value of working in and with galleries, museums and creative industry professionals. A fantastic poster of Form 'Totem' by Ettore Sottsass comes free with this issue. Image ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London More...

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.

Hybrid Practices in Moving Image Design

Hybrid Practices in Moving Image Design is written by Iain Macdonald, designer, educator and NSEAD member. The book brings to the attention of media historians, fellow practitioners and students the innovative practices of leading moving image designers. 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 #18 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.

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.

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.