Where have all the boys gone

Helping you to get boys back into art, craft and design and improve their engagement and attainment

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 '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.

This course will run over two twilight sessions, with time in between to reflect on learning, and bring questions to the second session. Wednesday 2nd March and Thursday 24th March

Over more than a decade, the underachievement of boys in art, craft and design has become an issue of concern. There are now twice as many girls than boys choosing to continue with the subject at KS4. In KS5 the gap is even bigger. Girls achieve higher results and the gap between genders in their final grades is significant. Male art craft design teachers are a minority in the teaching workforce too.

Although there is little subject specific research, there is ample evidence in past Ofsted reports and in anecdotal evidence that schools can address this problem with targeted intervention. This is related to curriculum design and teaching styles and of how (most) boys work, and how it is different or similar to girls.

This course will help you understand the issues, and to address them by looking at the evidence, discussing how you can develop more inclusive learning models at all key stages and make the subject meaningful, relevant and engaging to learners of today.

It will support you in developing realistic and achievable strategies to make changes, to identify your own CPD needs and to achieve the goal of getting boys back into art, craft and design and also improving their attainment.

Susan Coles has been researching the topic, and running courses on this, across the UK for a number of years, and will also be sharing case studies from teachers and schools she has worked with. Susan will share her own experiences of developing courses which have proved highly popular with boys, without excluding girls.



Session 1: Wednesday 2nd March 2022

Session 2: Thursday 24th March 2022

Time: Both sessions from 5pm - 7:15pm

Cost: NSEAD member £75, non member £125

Annual NSEAD membership starts from just £54 for individuals or £71 for a whole school - join now to get your member discount on this course.


Register for this course here


This course is due to run again, if you would like to attend the next course date please email info@nsead.org