Initial Teacher Training - Trainers Pack and Programme
Sources of Support
As a Trainer one of the key aspects of your role is to ensure that the trainees are equipped with the
tools to be discerning information gatherers. In the current technological age most trainees will
know how to access information but will need guidance to identify the most appropriate sources of support.
This section identifies seven distinct areas where trainees can seek reliable support.
Prior knowledge is the experiences, values, and skills inherent within the trainee at point of entry
to the course.
The trainee should be empowered to identify the relevance and value of this prior knowledge to their
The trainer should assist the trainee to recognise that their life experiences as consumers in the
world of commerce and culture influences their attitudes and approaches to art, craft and design in education.
The trainer should assist the trainee to recognise the value of sharing and exploring new and prior
knowledge with their peers as a valuable element of their ongoing professional development.
Trainees should know that one purpose of including art, craft and design in the curriculum is to
support and respond to a growing area of our economy.
This is a vital element in advocating the relevance of art, craft and design to commerce and culture
as is encountered in the real world of work.
'The creative industries are a growing sector of the global economy, focussed on creating and
exploiting intellectual property products such as films, games, or fashion designs, or providing
creative services, usually to other businesses.'
Art and antiques market
Design for fashion
Interactive leisure software
TV and Radio
Visit www.ccskills.org.uk where a brief description
of each of the above sectors can be found
The trainee should be aware that the term 'creative practitioner' could encompass anyone working
within the visual, expressive and performing arts, to include poets, dancers and musicians. In this
context it refers to:
Some of whom work in the education sector via residencies, workshops, interventions, continuing
professional development events, and commissions. Many creative practitioners, working on cross art
form collaborative projects can defy easy definition!
See www.Axisweb.org.uk, which is a register of creative
practitioners and provides examples of their work and suitability for work in the primary education sector.
Trainees should understand that the cultural sector includes a broad range of artforms and activities,
to include built heritage, film, libraries, literature, museums and galleries, performing arts, public
broadcasting and the visual arts. Trainees should understand that the cultural sector is defined within
this context as that which focuses on the visual arts and material culture. This is understood to be the
sum of activities and necessary resources (tools, infrastructure and artefacts) involved in the whole
'cycle' of creation, making, dissemination, exhibition/reception, archiving/preservation, and
education/understanding relating to cultural products and service
Cultural Organisations and Agencies that are non-venue based
Trainees should be aware that there are a variety of non venue based cultural organisations and agencies
operating nationally and regionally providing a diverse range of resources applicable to art, craft and
design in the primary sector.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England. It distributes money
from the Government and National Lottery. Each of the nine regional offices has an education and learning team.
The Crafts Council
The Crafts Council is the UK's national organisation for the promotion of the contemporary crafts. It
provides resources for all sectors of education to include touring exhibitions and online resources.
The Design Council
The Design Council is the national strategic body for design
A subject association provides advocacy, online and published resources and professional development
for teachers at all levels of education within that subject area. A selection of subject associations
can be located on one website.
The subject association for art, craft and design is NSEAD
Commissioning agencies often provide education programmes and resources around creative projects to
include site-specific public art and regeneration programmes, residencies, commissions and touring
exhibitions. Working nationally and regionally they will deliver a diverse but frequently changing
programme, thus the most efficient means of keeping updated would be via a mailing list. Agencies include:
Trusts and Foundations
Trusts and Foundations are useful sources of support information, case studies and funding streams
for education led projects for all curriculum areas to include art and design. Many will focus upon
specific client groups to include children in Pupil Referral Units, Traveller children and children
with special educational needs. The Directory of Social Change provides listings and publications on
criteria for funding, areas of interest and fundraising advice.
Creative Partnerships are a flagship programme funded through the DCMS and DfES and managed regionally
by Arts Council England. Trainees should be aware that the starting point for Creative Partnerships is
a definition of creativity and they focus upon creativity across the entire curriculum in both the primary
and secondary sectors. Trainees should be aware that Creative Partnerships provide resources such as on
line case studies, publications and regional and national conferences, events and seminars.
Government and non-government agencies
Government and non-government agencies provide a wealth of resources to include policy, practice and process.
The most efficient means to keep updated by these agencies is via e-bulletin.
Aid Agencies work nationally and internationally to campaign for and provide sustainable developmental
solutions to diverse challenges and issues to include climate change, fair trade, child poverty, famine
relief and the conservation and protection of nature within rural and urban contexts.
Many aid agencies run education programmes and provide educational materials alongside their core activities,
some of which are appropriate to support issue based art, craft and design projects within the primary
curriculum, particularly effective for interdisciplinary work. The most efficient way of keeping in touch
with these agencies is by getting on their mailing lists or by e-bulletin.
Venue Based Organisations
A venue-based organisation focuses its activities around a building, exhibition spaces, a collection of
artefacts or an area of land. The majority of venue based organisations focus upon attracting visitors
to their site, and many will provide educational resources, projects and programmes to enhance and interpret
a visit, and as an outreach facility. Venue based organisations vary regionally, trainees should be encouraged
to research their local area and consider venue based organisations as a resource for working with primary
source materials, school trips and to access continuing professional development programmes.
The National Trust and English Heritage
The National Trust and English Heritage work to preserve conserve and make accessible aspects of our national
heritage to include buildings, sites and monuments. They provide resources and events to support art craft
and design as well as other curriculum areas such as history.
Trainees should be aware that national, regional and independent museums are a rich and diverse source of
support for large scale images, posters and written and online resources interpreting historical and
contemporary collections and exhibitions. The majority of museums have a dedicated education department
providing workshops for pupils and continuing professional development opportunities for teachers. The
national museums have extensive education areas on their websites The 24 Hour Museum website provides a
comprehensive list of national, regional and independent museums.
Trainees should be aware that national and regional art galleries are a rich and diverse source of support
for large scale images, posters and written and online resources interpreting historical and contemporary
collections and exhibitions. The majority of art galleries have a dedicated education department providing
workshops for pupils and continuing professional development opportunities for teachers. The 24 hour museum
website includes the gallery sector. The national galleries have particularly extensive websites, for example.
Trainees should be aware that outdoor sculpture parks are a rich and diverse source of support for large
scale images, posters and written and online resources interpreting historical and contemporary sculpture.
The majority sculpture parks have a dedicated education department providing workshops for pupils and
continuing professional development opportunities for teachers.
Architecture and the built environment
Trainees should be aware that architecture and the built environment do not have a dedicated position
within the National Curriculum. There are a variety of agencies that provide advocacy, resources and
continuing professional development opportunities for teachers who wish to include the teaching of
architecture and the built environment within their classroom practice.
To view a selected number of STart magazines please visit
The National Academic Mailing List service benefits learning, teaching and research communities. At its
most basic level, an electronic mailing list is a list of people's names and email addresses. Everyone
on a list shares a common interest and they use email to talk to each other. Belonging to a list is rather
like sitting in on a discussion. You can join in the talk, start a discussion, or simply listen.
Trainees should be aware of the role of refereed journals in education research. The International
Journal of Art and Design Education provides an international forum for the dissemination of ideas,
practical development, and research findings in art, craft and design education. Membership of NSEAD
includes subscription to the International Journal for Art and Design, which is published 3 times a year.
Publications and directed reading
The NSEAD has the most comprehensive list publications available for those teachers in the UK primary
sector that teach art and design. Trainees should be directed to the NSEAD site to view a full listing
of the books and resources available.