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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

Art and design GCSE numbers increase but A and A* grades show a sharp fall

This year's art and design GCSE results show the lowest cumulative percentage of A* candidates for five years: 8.9 per cent achieved an A*; 22.8 per cent achieved a grade A – the lowest cumulative percentage in seven years (in 2007, 22.4 per cent achieved an A grade). More...

GCE A and AS level results – numbers taking art and design continue to fall

The total number of candidates (male and female) sitting GCE A level art and design subjects continues to fall with 44922 sitting the exam this year. This compares to 45336 in 2013 and 46483 in 2012 when numbers peaked. A trend which began in 2012 is the continued reduction of A* grades at GCE A level. More...

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...

NSEAD framework for assessment and progression

NSEAD's A Framework for Progression, Planning for Learning, Assessment, Recording and Reporting authored by Ged Gast and Dan China with the support and expertise of the NSEAD Curriculum Writing Group is now published.

This framework has met the approval of a wide range of classroom practitioners and subject leaders and will be a resource to support the best in art, craft & design education. More....

DfE consultation on GCSE Art and Design content

The Department for Education and Ofqual have announced two public consultations. Ofqual are consulting on assessment objectives and the DfE on GCSE Art and Design content. Through NSEAD's Curriculum Board the Society will respond. The Society and its members are pleased that it has already been consulted about the development of GCSE Art and Design. The DfE's consultation will run from 15 July until 19 September 2014. More...

Ofqual consultation: developing new GCSE, AS and A level qualifications for first teaching in 2016

As part of the ongoing reform of qualifications, Ofqual have launched a consultation which sets out proposals for how a range of new GCSEs, AS and A levels due to be taught in schools and colleges from September 2016 should be assessed. More...

Change of discount codes for Art and Design and Photography specifications

The Department for Education have reviewed evidence and agree that Art and Design and Photography GCSEs should be given separate discount codes.
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DfE data shows that art and design teachers have fallen by 4 per cent

DfE statistics analysed by the CLA show that the number of art and design teachers have fallen by 4 per cent and the number of teaching hours by 6 per cent. Even bearing in mind that the number of pupils in secondary schools is falling – pupil numbers have dropped by 68,365 or 2% since 2010, the arts are experiencing a disproportionate decline in provision. More...

NSEAD responds to government announcement of examination reforms

The Government has announced the next steps in the reform of GCSEs and A levels.

Education Secretary Michael Gove MP's statement to parliament says the reforms would include “more rigorous content”. As advocates for a subject that has always been rigorous, the Society broadly welcomed the announcement, as it is a move away from a government perception that the arts are ‘soft subjects.’ More...

Statistics released by the Government show growth of UK Creative Industries

Published 14 January 2014, offical statistics released by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport reveal that the UK's creative industries outperformed all other sectors of UK industry.
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Art and Design Jobs

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.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Museum of the Year 2014

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Learning Team at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Named Museum of the Year 2014, YSP is an extraordinary place that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight. As one of Britain's leading contemporary art organisations it has an internationally renowned exhibition and engagement programme. The multi award winning Learning Programme underpins all YSP activity, aiming to make art, landscape and heritage, accessible to the whole community, and to offer opportunities for people to engage with the arts in a creative and meaningful way.

Craft

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.

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.

Professional Development

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, will lead this series of courses which will explore these issues and how you can develop more inclusive learning models at all phases. These one-day courses begin in BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 6 November 2014.

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.

Resources

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.

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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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You can now receive RSS feeds and stay up to date with NSEAD news, professional development opportunities and other web content automatically.

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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.

Publications

AD magazine issue #11

AD magazine issue #11 has just been published. This issue includes a poster and article by Michael Eden and Ged Gast, NSEAD president-elect, explains the significance of changes to the national curriculum and assessing without levels.

International Journal of Art & Design Education

iJADE Volume 33.2 is now online and available for download. This issue includes an obituary for the late Elliot W.Eisner by Dr John Steers.

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.

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.

To download a sample copy AD or to subscribe, follow this LINK.

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.

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.
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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....

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