Training and Professional Development

Training and Professional Development

The organisations and publications below provide support to artists and/or teachers in literacy and numeracy-related skills in particular, as well as on arts education more generally.


Four Regional Arts and Education Networks have been established across Wales to support arts education and organise a programme of high quality professional development for teachers, artists, arts and cultural organisations:


Creative Scotland Video Case Studies

Case studies of artists and teachers focuses on how to embed creativity within school; what an artist brings to a school; working across departments, linking to the curriculum and successful planning and negotiation


Signature Pedagogies (School of Education, Nottingham University)

Based on research which looked at the distinct practice of artists working in schools, this provides some answers to the question: What can we learn about teaching and learning from artists?


Working with Artists in Your School: Six-Step Guide on how to commission an artist or arts organisation to work with staff and pupils, including how to effectively and safely recruit an artist/ arts organisation, and practical guidance for creating an artist’s brief 

Artists in Schools: A handbook for teachers and artistson how to plan, run and evaluate projects. Caroline Sharp and Karen Dust, 1997.

Watch this Space Toolkit  - an ENGAGE toolkit on how to set up successful relationships between schools and galleries/museums - for teachers and museum/gallery educators. Wide-ranging and practical, this includes case studies and useful templates. Download Watch This Space Toolkit as a pdf



Best practice strategies for teaching and learning in the creative arts (primary) – a video with teachers from six schools sharing their practice


A new Direction (AND) Teacher Toolkit  

This teachers’ resource focuses on arts education and partnerships between artists/arts organisations. Written for London Schools but of wider use. Includes sections on:



Policy to Partnership

A publication that suggests ways in which schools can develop and deliver an arts policy, and establish partnerships to meet their own needs.


Princes Foundation for the Children and the Arts 

A series of highly practical arts education teaching resources for Primary schools and Key Stage  addressing a wide range of art forms - poetry, storytelling, visual art, dance, theatre and music. Also provides information for teachers on how  to work well with local arts centres, venues and galleries.  and/or

Developing literacy and numeracy through the Arts
Many of the arts/cultural organisations listed in the Artform Specific Resources and Links section (link) will be keen to respond to specific requests from schools and teachers regarding CPD training. Many will also be able to develop bespoke schools projects linked to literacy and numeracy. 



LNF (Literacy and Numeracy Framework) Training

Contact your Regional Arts & Education Network to find out about training near you.


Working with Schools

The National Association for Writers in Education ; Artworks Cymru and ENGAGE all offer training and advice for artists on how to work with schools.

The publications below on the CCE website provide further ideas and links to helpful online resources about working with schools generally: 

Artists in Creative Education: Unlocking Children's Creativity – A Practical Guide for Artists working with children in schools, 2011.


Self-Assessment Competency Framework for Creative Practitioners who work in educational settings: (includes advice on videos, publications, websites, videos, etc for use in CPD from p42 onwards)