Primary Art, Craft and Design National Conference


The Ofsted Inspection framework is changing- is your art curriculum up to scratch? Is it well designed, well delivered and does it have an impact? Join us to find out how to make art an engaging, inclusive and exciting subject for young learners.

Led by Paul Carney and Susan Coles the day promises to be a must-attend event for all with an interest in and passion for the arts in primary schools:

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About The Course

10am - Welcome from Iain Simper, Director, Educere Consultancy Ltd

10.10am - 11.00am Practical workshops by Paul Carney: What is knowledge-rich art and how is it different to what we do now? What should children learn, know and do, and by when? What are OfSTED looking for now?

11.00 - 11.55am Mindfulness drawing exercise, Science and Art drawing exercise, and the selfie drawing! All of which can be used the classroom the very next day.

11.55am - National updates, links, networks.

12.10pm Lunch

12.50pm - 1.30pm Keynote Speech Access Art: 20 years of Access Art. Paula Briggs and Sheila Cecceralli (Directors).

1.30pm - 2.15pm Talk & workshop by Susan Coles: Are we asking the right questions? How to look at art with young people.

2.15pm - 3.00pm Big Draw – reaching out to schools and communities. Kate Mason, Director of Big Draw.

3.00pm - 3.15pm Creative and Cultural Industries Careers Primary Assembly. Susan Coles

3.15pm - 3.30pm Panel, questions, plenary.

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About the Programme Leader

Paul Carney

Paul is a nationally recognised art consultant having delivered specialist art INSET CPD in schools across the UK and for the UK’s leading training providers. He is a board member for the NSEAD and runs his highly successful art website; which provides high quality teaching resources and advice to teachers around the world.

He has twenty years teaching experience at Primary, Secondary and post-16 levels of education, is an Advanced Skills Teacher, ex-Subject Leader and was a member of the DfE Expert Advisory Group for Art and Design. In addition to this he was a member of the NSEAD Curriculum Writing Group that wrote the art curriculum competencies, more formally called the: 'Framework for Progression, Planning for Learning, Assessment, Recording and Reporting 2014'.

Susan Coles

Susan, an artist/teacher, is a leading expert on art craft design education in the UK and beyond, and a passionate advocate for the subject. A past president of NSEAD, she now represents Europe on the World Council for the International Society for Education through Art, and is also secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art Education. Susan is also a trustee of AccessArt and chair of governors in a primary school.

Kate Mason

For over twenty years, Kate Mason has worked consistently in a variety of roles across the arts, heritage, community, cultural and creative industries sectors. A strategist, persuader and cultural broker, she is a passionate advocate for the value of the arts as one of the key pillars of a balanced education and supports the belief that we all - regardless of age or background - have an entitlement to quality cultural learning.Kate early passion kick-started her career with an MA in Heritage & Museum Studies and a thesis around the Arts & Crafts Movement and the role and influence of William Morris and John Ruskin. Kate currently is now at The Big Draw in her role as Director, channelling her personal passions in neat alignment in support of their visual literacy agenda. In 2018, Kate became Companion of The Guild of St George'.


AccessArt celebrates its twentieth year in 2019. AccessArt is a UK Charity directed by Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccerelli. Their aim is simple – to inspire and enable high quality visual arts teaching, learning and practice. Sheila and Paula, both graduates of the Royal College of Art, run a pro active organisation which consists of creative professionals and practitioners, educators, designers and crucially the learners themselves. They work in partnership with a number of institutions and organisations, ranging from schools, museums, galleries, to umbrella and advocacy groups. They have members all over the world and have recently launched a support package, through membership, for the primary art curriculum.

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