Papers and Presentations 


25 February 2020


The work of the APPG, evidence and campaigns  This presentation was given on behalf of NSEAD by Dr Rachel Payne. It is a summary of the campaigns and work undertaken by the APPG since its formation in 2013. The paper was written by Sophie Leach, deputy general secretary, NSEAD.


Why we need a moratorium on the sale of our heritage by local councils,14 may 2019Bob and Roberta Smith OBE, RA, (Artist, NSEAD Patron) and Armaiti Bedford (Save Herts Arts) provide an update on the preventable and recent sale of a post-war ‘Art in Schools’ collection, in particular the disposal of the innovative educator John Newsom’s historic Hertfordshire School Loan Collection.

Kids on the Green, our story: Zoe Levack, Founder and Director, and young people from the Kids on the Green, 14 May 2019 (PDF document)
In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, Kids on the Green was set up to provide respite for young people affected by the disaster, using a range of arts activities and sport. Zoe Levack and young people from the Kids on the Green share their own personal stories about this initiative

Learning without limits, Paula Ayliffe and Sarah Stepney, 14 May 2019 (PDF document)
'Learning without limits' by Paula Ayliffe and Sarah Stepney, Headteachers Mayfield Primary School, Cambridge; Ruth Sapsed, Director, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination. The presentation describes 'children as ArtScapers' influencing change in and around their school.

Art Matters: Ashia Oozeer, Catherine McGill and Ian Thompson, 14 May 2019  (PDF document)
Now in its 21 year, Ashia Oozeer, Catherine McGill and Ian Thompson share Art Matters, an annual exhibition of art, craft and design created by 2000 children and young people in East London Schools. They also share the many benefits and also the practical challenges.

Learning everywhere, presented by Dr Penny Hay, Research Fellow, 14 May 2019 APPG
Dr Penny Hay, Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Institute for Education, Bath Spa University Director of Research. Presentation shares work of 5x5x5 and House of Imagination

The Art of surviving and thriving: a framework for mature learning in art and design (PDF document)
Martell Baines, Progression Manager and Dr Sam Broadhead, Head of Research, Leeds Arts University, shared an A3-diagram to help examine why mature students study Art, Craft and Design in HE later in life and factors that support such learning.

The limitations of Longitudinal Employment Outcomes (LEO) research and data (PDF document)

Gordon McKenzie CEO of GuildHE summarises the report Understanding the limitations of graduate outcome measures in higher education and identifies the issues for higher education that LEO presents.

Cross-sector (HE, FE and schools as well as other agencies) collaborations with regard to fine art education

Chris Smith, Associate Editor, Journal Visual Art Practice, Visiting Fellow, CCW Graduate School, University ofthe Arts, London. Chris Smith presented on the role of NAFAE and the need for more co-ordination and collaboration between schools and Higher Education

A challenge to remarks recently made by HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skill (PDF document)

Eleanor Simms, Clare Bentham, The Outreach Team at Manchester School of Art challenge the speech given by Amanda Spielman, Chief HMI Ofsted, at the Association of Colleges’ (AoC) annual conference in Birmingham on 21st November 2018. The presentation outlines factual inaccuracies in Spielman's speech regarding arts and media career options.

Fergal Voorsanger-Brill
Fergal outlines his first-year experience of studying architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture. The presentation includes first-hand experience and perspectives on what is needed to be successful in design education.

Why do mature students matter in Art, Craft and Design? (PDF document)

Martell Baines, Progression Manager and Dr Sam Broadhead Head of Research, Leeds Arts University, APPG, 12 February w019


Establishing priorities for communications with Damian Hinds and The APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education (PDF document)

A transcription of the presentation given by Sophie Leach, assistant general secretary, to The APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education, which asked: ‘How do we re-establish communication between the APPG and Damian Hinds MP, Education Secretary, and what are the priorities?’

SPAEDA (Somerset Partnerships Arts Education Agency) on teachers' CPD (PDF document)

Alice Crane, Artistic Director SPAEDA with Catherine Smith, Art Co-ordinator Milverton Primary, Somerset, share an action research project ‘Switched on to Art' which invested in teachers’ creativity to invigorate their practice.

Developing Great Subject Teaching, Wellcome Trust,16 May 2018 (PDF document)

Hilary Leevers (HL), Head of Education and Learning Wellcome Trust, and Nan Davies (ND), Project Manager for Professional Development, summarised evidence from Developing Great Subject Teaching which shows subject-specific CPD is effective in raising attainment and retaining subject teachers.

Gomersal Primary School speeches, describing the value of the arts and the remit of their very own Arts Council, 14 March 2018

Six pupils from Gomersal Primary School describe why they joined the Gomersal Primary School Arts Council and why the arts are so vital for learning and life.

Effect of school funding on arts education, Andrew Baisley. 14 March 2018

School budgets have been under pressure for the last few years in particular for the last three years. However, the problem does go back further than that. Andrew Baisley, NEU, argues these are the largest education cuts in a generation.

Championing leadership through the arts, Karen Eslea and Michele Gregson, 14 March 2018

Karen Eslea (Head of Learning and Visitor Experience at Turner Contemporary, Margate and Michele Gregson (Arts Education Specialist) have been working together to explore and champion Children’s Leadership through the Arts. Here they explore this work in relation to the UK’s global ranking on the Kids Rights Index.


A Review of Art and Design Education in Norfolk’s Secondary Sector, NUA

Hilary Gresty shares the aims, findings and recommendations of The Review of Art and Design Education in Norfolk’s Secondary Sector. The review, commissioned through the outreach and recruitment department, aimed to understand the challenges currently facing schools and how the NUA might actively support creative education regionally.

The Heritage Crafts Association, Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts

Greta Bertram shares the Heritage Crafts Association Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts. The research, its aims and findings are summarised, together with issues affecting heritage crafts, to include both training and recruitment issues.

NSEAD update, 10 October 2017

Lesley Butterworth, general secretary NSEAD, updates The APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education on the work of NSEAD. This includes intended outcomes of meetings with Ofsted, the Society's work with Tate Exchange and this year's publication of The NSEAD Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education 2017.

GCSE and GCE results and trends 2017, 10 October 2017

Sophie Leach, assistant general secretary NSEAD, examines trends in the 2017 art and design examinations. The presentation indicates the downward trajectory for GCSE and AS-level art and design subjects. With numbers falling to the lowest level this century, the presentation ends by asking 'What will our subject look like in 2020.'

Sophie Cole, Programme Leader PGCE Secondary Art, Craft and Design, on the PGCE route into teaching, 22 February 2017

Sophie Cole, Programme Leader PGCE Secondary Art, Craft and Design at Northumbria University, examines the PGCE route into art and design teaching.

Henna Javed and Sam Fairbairn, a PGCE Art and Design experience, 22 February 2017

Henna Javed and Sam Fairbairn, reflect on becoming teachers of art and design and studying for a PGCE at Northumbria University.

Dr Rachel Payne, Senior Lecturer in Art Education, the impact of secondary PGCE closures, 22 February 2017

Dr Rachel Payne, Senior Lecturer in Art Education Oxford Brookes University, examines perceptions of the impact of secondary PGCE closures on individual educators, art and design departments, regionally and nationally. Also shared were perceptions of school led and PGCE and ITE routes (2013).

Dr Peter Gregory, Art and design in primary ITE, 22 February 2017

Dr Peter Gregory, Principal Lecturer in Education (Creative Arts) Canterbury Christ Church University, examines current routes into primary ITE and the changes in provision e.g. hour taught, for art and design specialisms. The focus of Gregory's research is between 1997 and 2010 and from 2010 to 2016. Today on average a student teacher is allocated an average of two sessions.


Engage, Jane Sillis, Director of Engage, 14 December 2016

Jane Sillis shared a survey undertaken by Engage members that focused on the impact of Brexit on gallery education and educators.

Vicky Sturrs, Vicky Sturrs Schools and Colleges Programmer, 14 December 2016

Vicky Sturrs examines how the forthcoming BALTIC exhibition Disappearance at Sea will seek to engage young people in an considering and reflecting on the changing nature of society and what it means to be British.

Paula Graham-Gazzard; CHEAD, 14 December 2016

Paula Graham-Gazzard, Policy & External Relations Manager, Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, discusses the impact of a 'hard Brexit' on staff and student recruitment, competitiveness and prestige of UK Creative HE and creative industries.

APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education, 14 September 2016

Sorell Hershberg, Director of The Sorrell Foundation introduced work of The National Saturday Club and Creative Journeys films, which introduce a wide range of art and design careers and creative industry facts and figures.

NSEAD presentation, Implications of the merging and mothballing of Art and Design and D&T departments, Ged Gast, 14 Sept 2016

Ged Gast's APPG presentation examines the implications of the merging and mothballing of Art and Design and D&T departments.

NSEAD presentation, NSEAD Survey Report 2016 traction and amplifying craft and design, Lesley Butterworth, 14 Sept 2016

Lesley Butterworth's APPG presentation reports on traction with the NSEAD Survey Report 2016 and 'Amplifying craft and design'.

NSEAD presentation, Art and Design and the EBacc campaign and GCSE/GCE falling numbers, Sophie Leach, 14 Sept 2016

Sophie Leach's APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education presentation examines the next steps for the EBacc campaign and the fall in GCSE/GCE 2016 art and design candidate numbers.

Letter from Sharon Hodgson MP to Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education

Letter sent from Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education, on behalf of our APPG, to welcome the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education in her new role as Education Secretary and to outline the position of the APPG on the future of art education in our schools.

Please Don’t Steal Our heARTS Mrs Morgan, Derby High School, Bury, 3 May 2016

Derby High School students shared Please Don’t Steal Our heARTS Mrs Morgan a performance which communicates the importance the value of learning across the curriculum and the value of having individual choice. Lynn Provoost Assistant Head Teacher, and Damion Langford, Head of Communications and Careers, also describe their school’s ethos and its specialism in both arts and science.

Melanie Cox, headteacher at Gomersal Primary School on why art and design is a core subject, 3 May 2016

Melanie Cox, headteacher at Gomersal Primary School, West Yorkshire, along with Mandy Barrett, specialist art and design teacher present on why art and design is offered as part of the core curriculum in Gomersal school.

Siobhan Verrall, Head of Art and Design, presentation APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education, 3 May 2016

Siobhan Verrall, together with Kenton's School's head teacher, Sarah Holmes Carne, explain how the Kenton School is able to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that includes art and design as a core subject across key stages 3-4.

Access Art present the Manifesto for Making, 3 May 2016

Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccarelli present the AccessArt New Manifesto for Making.

APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education, NSEAD, presentation, 3 May 2016

This presentation, originally given at the APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education summarises responses to The NSEAD Survey Report 2015-16 and the Society’s responses to both The Education White Paper and The Culture White Paper.

A window to the world

A window to the world is a short film, by Steph Cubbin and Peter Thomas, teachers at The St Marylebone CE School. The film provides is extremely effective in making the case for the value of the arts in our schools. A window to the world was presented by Steph Cubbin and Kat Pugh, head teacher The St Marylebone CE School, at the APPG meeting 14 October 2015.