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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...

Teachers, artists & gallery educators: Young artists needed for Generation ART!

Do you know any young artists aged between 4 and 18, who live in England? Have you worked to inspire them with art, artists and galleries?

This is a fantastic opportunity to exhibit their artwork alongside established artists in a touring exhibition called Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour. 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.

Ged Gast, President of NSEAD

A very warm welcome to our new President, Ged Gast, 2015-16. We look forward to working with Ged whose outstanding commitment to the Society and to art, craft and design education can already be seen in the many publications Ged has authored and shared with the Society. More...

Promote and defend art, craft and design education to your MP

NSEAD wishes to challenge the statements made by Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education on 10 November at the launch of a campaign to promote STEM subjects. In her speech Nicky Morgan said a decade ago young people were told arts or humanities were useful for all kinds of jobs and continued: 'Of course, now we know that couldn't be further from the truth.’

We challenge and disagree wholeheartedly with this statement.

Qualifications in art craft and design introduce and signpost young people to potential careers in the visual and creative, heritage, cultural, digital and design media industries, sectors that are contributing significantly to the UK economy and reputation on a competitive international and world-class platform.

We ask the Secretary of State for Education to review and retract her statements.

We also ask our members and supporters to challenge these statements by sending the NSEAD Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education to local MPs. More...

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 newly published 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

NSEAD and Wiley-Blackwell seek a new Principal Editor/Editorial Team

The The International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE) provides an international forum for independently peer-reviewed research and scholarship in the field of art and design education at all levels. iJADE is published in partnership between Wiley-Blackwell and the National Society for Education in Art and Design.

The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) and the publishers Wiley-Blackwell seek a new Principal Editor/Editorial Team to lead the editorial board from 1 January 2016. Successful candidates would be responsible for iJADE for a total of three years in the first instance with an option to continue for a second three-year term. More...

Associate Professor / Professor of Creativity in Primary Education

The Graduate School of Education is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking Professor or Associate Professor of Creativity in Primary Education. The successful applicant will lead and develop the 'Creativity, Sustainability and Educational Futures' research network
Closing date for applications is 19 April 2015.

Lecturer in Secondary Art and Design, Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London seek to appoint a full-time lecturer in Secondary Art and Design. Closing date for applications is 24 March, interviews will be held 30 March 2015. More...

The British School Quito, Ecuador seek and Art Teacher

The British School Quito, Ecuador, are seeking to appoint an ambitious person who combines excellent teaching skills, an enthusiasm for and commitment to the subject and an ability to inspire and motivate pupils. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and enthusiastic art and design teachers to teach across the key stages 3-5. More information is available here and by visiting BSQ's website here. The closing date for applications is 20 March 2015.

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

Art, craft and design education; preparing young people for life in modern Britain

We are delighted to be presenting the NSEAD National Conference and AGM in Birmingham on 26 and 27 June 2015.

The conference will define and celebrate how our subject so successfully prepares young people for life in contemporary Britain, to include modelling a curriculum for diversity and curriculum approaches to social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. More...

Where Have All The Boys Gone?

GCSE art & design results this year show female candidates continuing to significantly outperform male candidates and the numbers of male candidates taking A level falling again.

Susan Coles, President of NSEAD, is leading this series of one-day courses which explore these issues and how you can develop more inclusive learning models at all phases.

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.

Teaching for careers in Art and Design

Teaching for Careers in Art and Design is a set of resources for Art and Design Teachers. The materials aim to help pupils become better informed about the careers opportunities in art, craft and design and can be used by pupils to plan effective progression routes into these, if they so choose.

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.

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.

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.


International Journal of Art & Design Education

iJADE Volume 34.1 is now online and available for download. This volume is the first issue of 2015 and is open access.

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

AD magazine and poster, issue #12

AD magazine issue #12 has just been published. Every issue comes with a poster – this issue's poster is of Morag Myerscough's and Luke Morgan's amazing Temple of Agape.

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, Heterosexual, 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.

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

NSEAD members and AD subscribers can now read or download 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 #8 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

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....