A manifesto for real change for in our subject

NSEAD's new 10-point manifesto sets out the changes we want for our subject and those that engage it. We have set out the key areas for action. We want to see joined-up strategic thinking from our political leaders. More...


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Dr Janina Ramirez becomes Patron of NSEAD

We are thrilled to announce Dr Janina Ramirez joins NSEAD as a Patron of NSEAD. Janina’s enthusiasm for learning in and through the arts, and her commitment to sharing this passion with everyone, will be an inspiration to NSEAD and its members

Art and design trainee teachers to receive a bursary to train in our subject from September 2020

Read our report which documents NSEAD's campaign against subject bursary inequities, why we welcome the DfE's announcement and why there is still work to do.

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. More...

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).

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.

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....

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.

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.

Professional Development

Art and Design Primary Subject Leaders

Does your Art & Design curriculum have intent, implementation and impact? This one-day course is a must for Primary Subject Leaders.

Dates: 07 February 2020 and 24 April 2020 in St Marylebone School, London, WU1 5BA.

Closing the gender gap in art, craft and design?

Do you have a gender gap in your school? Nationally, twice as many girls than boys choose art and design at examination level. NSEAD's one-day course, Where have all the boys gone? will help you understand the issues, and to address the divide in your school. Educators from all phases and all sectors. welcome.

St Marylebone School, London, WU1 5BA
Wednesday, 26th February 2020


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

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).

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


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

AD magazine #26, the community and making issue

SOLD OUT: This issue pays tribute to the communities that make art and the art that makes communities. It also includes an interview with the brilliant interdisciplinary artist, Katie Paterson and an A2 poster of Totality, 2016. Photo © Flora Bartlett 2016, Courtesy of the Arts Council Collection

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...