We are delighted to offer this conference for Art and Design teachers, NEW for autumn 2019, which promises to be informative, supportive, stimulating and enjoyable for all involved in teaching Art and Design from Key Stage 3 to 5.

The conference focuses on the current issues pressing on Art and Design teachers, including the opportunity of the new focus on the curriculum, especially at Key Stage 3, teacher wellbeing and promoting exciting and innovative work at GCSE and A level that encourages young people to continue into a design course at Higher Education.

All speakers will be available during the day for discussion and questions, and the conference offers an excellent opportunity for teachers to meet and network with like-minded professionals.

  • Heads of Art & Design
  • Aspiring Heads of Art & Design
  • Teachers with responsibility for Art & Design
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.10am
Introduction and Welcome
Susan Coles

10.10 – 10.50am
Redeveloping the Art and Design curriculum
Susan Coles and Becky Mizon

  • Redeveloping your programme: what is expected of you
  • What is a broad and rich curriculum for Art and Design?
  • Where should students be at key points in Key Stage 3?

10.50 – 11.10am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.10 – 11.50am
The gender issue in Art and Design
Susan Coles

  • Redefining the issue
  • How do we engage boys?
  • Closing the attainment gap

11.50 -12.40 pm
Option Strand 1

1A How does Key Stage 3 make students GCSE ready?
Becky Mizon

  • Ensuring progress whilst avoiding ‘teaching GCSE’ at Key Stage 3
  • Teaching the skills – where should students be at the end of KS3?
  • Getting the theoretical knowledge into your teaching

1B How do we embed visual literacy?
Deborah Savill

  • What high level visual literacy means
  • The use of art history, research, and enquiry in Art and Design

12.40 – 1.40pm

1.40 – 2.20pm
Option Strand 2

2A Ensuring Artist teacher wellbeing
Susan Coles

  • Maintaining your work life balance through finding time and space to be creative.
  • Happy teachers make happy students.
  • How do we create networks of support and move our own professional confidence on?

2B Promoting Art and Design
Becky Mizon

  • The challenge in the current climate
  • How do we ‘sell’ our subject against pressures of the EBacc
  • Promotion to governors, parents/carers, other staff and to the students themselves.

2.20 – 2.30pm
Coffee break 

Option Strand 3

3A Developing Art and Design teaching and learning beyond A level
Deborah Savill

  • How to encourage and support FE & HE applications
  • What does application to Art & Design FE & HE looks like today?
  • How do we ensure engaging and exciting work that goes beyond ‘teaching to the test’?
  • The role of Contextual studies

3B Working together with Design and Technology
Ged Gast, former President of NSEAD 

  • How we can retain the distinct characteristics of both Art and Design and Design & Technology?
  • The future for both subjects

Becky Mizon

Becky Mizon is a highly experienced and successful Head of faculty encompassing Art and D & T. She has steered her department from the starting point of ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ within four years. Since then, her department and teaching have consistently been judged as ‘outstanding.’ During this time, GCSE results have doubled; uptake has drastically improved and student engagement and passions for learning are strong.

Susan Coles

Susan is an independent consultant, school governor, creative coach, adviser and artist, with a national and international profile as an advocate for the subject and for creative education and approaches to leadership. As honorary fellow of, and past President, of NSEAD, she is a member of the Council and the Professional Development Board. Susan is also a member of INSEA. Susan works in schools, colleges, local authorities and with major galleries, developing resources, and running teacher inset training courses and workshops. She also lectures in several major universities across the UK. She is an Associate of the Big Draw and co-facilitated the national TEA (Thinking, Expression and Action) professional development programme on drawing. Susan has facilitated Big Draw events locally, nationally and across the world. Susan also facilitates many networks, both face to face and via social media platforms. Her north east network group won Big Draw national awards in 2015 and 2016. Susan is at the cutting edge of curriculum development and thinking in the subject and is involved in many other initiatives to develop an exciting 21st century curriculum for Art, Craft and Design. Susan is passionate about the visual arts and is an enthusiastic and popular trainer and lecturer.

You can find out more about her at www.artcrimes.org.uk

Twitter @theartcriminal

Ged Gast

Ged is a freelance art and design and school improvement specialist. He works in creativity, visual literacy, critical thinking, thinking skills, pedagogies for improving learning and teaching. He is a Past President of NSEAD and a member of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for art and design education.