Why art, craft and design matters, new advocacy materials

NSEAD celebrates its 130th year with the publication of AD magazine and a suite of advocacy resources for members and subscribers. Our advocacy poster, which comes free in AD, can also be purchased online.

The poster, postcards, and a six-page advocacy resource 'Why, art, craft and design matters' are also available for download (log in first to access them).


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NSEAD welcomes the return to single distinct arts subjects, but will continue to challenge inequalities in ITE bursaries

NSEAD was founded 25 July 1888...

Then as now, NSEAD remains the voice for art, craft and design in the UK.
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GCE A level art and design numbers see a slight fall in England and Northern Ireland and a rise in Wales

On the day that thousands of young people across the UK receive their GCE results there has been a very slight fall in candidates taking art and design GCE in England and Northern Ireland and a rise in numbers taking art and design in Wales.

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Art and Design teacher numbers and hours taught for continue to fall

The recently published DfE data (for November 2017) indicate that since 2011 there has been a 16.5% fall in hours taught in art and design. Since 2012, art and design teacher numbers have fallen by 15%.

NSEAD Affiliates with the Trades Union Congress

On Friday 4 May 2018 Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) wrote: ‘We are delighted to confirm that your request to affiliate to the TUC was agreed at the most recent meeting of the TUC’s General Council.’ More...

New NSEAD Special lapel pin badges

Help us celebrate NSEAD's 130th birthday and purchase our special edition lapel pin enamel badge. Visit non-members' and members' pages for more info.

A new BBC survey has found that creative arts subjects are being cut back

A new BBC survey of over 1200 schools has found that creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England. Nine out of 10 of schools that responded said they had reduced teaching, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject.

NSEAD Manifesto for Art, Craft and Design Education 2017

Within the Manifesto for Art Craft and Design Education 2017 we have laid out a clear vision that celebrates, signposts, promotes and states ten policy proposals to ensure art, craft and design education has the position and value it deserves, and that society needs, in the twenty-first century.

A guide for Governors and Trustees

NSEAD invites you to circulate this guide for Governors and Trustees, created by the Society in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Governors’ Association.

NSEAD Survey Report 2015-16

The report documents the findings of NSEAD's largest and most comprehensive survey to date and answers the question: 'In the last five years how has government policy impacted on art, craft and design education?' More...

When other trade unions apart from NSEAD are taking industrial action

In such circumstances or occasions where members work alongside colleagues who are members of other trade unions who are taking industrial action the following advice must be taken. More...

Art and Design Jobs

To advertise vacancies

If you are currently a member of NSEAD, or become a member of NSEAD during 2017-18, you (your school, college or university) can advertise an art and design educator post here for free. Contact NSEAD for more information. If you are not a member, but wish to advertise a vacancy, please contact NSEAD for information and fees.

iJADE Conference, at Goldsmiths in partnership with GSA

Creating spaces: Inclusivity, ethics and participation in art and design education, 22-23 Feb. More...


Why join NSEAD

Learn more about NSEAD, read what our members say and the benefits of becoming a member of the only professional subject association for art, craft and design.

Curriculum Resources

A new Curriculum section

This section provides links to the curriculums in England, Scotland and Wales. NSEAD has also provided a parallel, alternative curriculum to that published by the DfE in 2013. It aims to move the Curriculum in England forward and support teachers and IT providers in their understanding of the nature, depth and breadth of art, craft and design. Resources developed by the Art & Design Expert Advisory Group are also located in this section.


E-update Archive

Our E-updates keep NSEAD members informed of recent developments and opportunities for art, craft and design educators. An archive of recent E-updates is available to members by following this link.

Careers progression in art and design

This guidance is for teachers and leaders of art and design in secondary schools and FE colleges who are involved in recruitment, either as interviewers or interviewees. It will help those who are applying for teaching posts, by providing insight into the nature of the selection process. This is a members only section, please log in before visiting this resource

Social Networking: guidelines for educators

NSEAD's guidelines for members using social networks are designed to support your safe use of social media. The areas explored are key benefits, security and conduct.

Artway and NSEAD are working together to provide art kits for schools that will also support the work of the Society.

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NSEAD membership benefits

Find out what we do, what we offer and what are the benefits of being a member of NSEAD here.

Advertise with NSEAD

You can now advertise in any of NSEAD's publications: our fortnightly e-update, online in our Market Place and in AD our termly magazine. Find out more...

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Trade Union support

NSEAD is an independent trade union

Teachers, Newly Qualified Teachers and Newly Qualified Lecturers, and Life Members in the United Kingdom have the option to receive full trade union benefits. For a membership fee comparable to other unions the NSEAD provides not only trade union services but all the functions of a specialist subject association and learned society.

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2013

Following the acceptance of the recommendations in the School Teachers’ Review Body's 21st report of 5 December 2012, the government has now published the draft School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document together with departmental advice which has been produced to assist schools in reviewing and revising their approach to teachers’ pay. More....

Regional Network Groups

This new section of the website seeks to showcase existing regional network groups and provide information and support for members looking to join or set up a new network group.


Craft in education

This section of the website focuses upon the contemporary, heritage and architecture led crafts, and seeks to provide a resource for teachers working with and advocating for the position and value of craft in education.


AD mag and free advocacy poster

AD #23 is our advocacy issue, and celebrates 130 years of NSEAD.

AD is a membership benefit but individual copies are available for members and non-members to purchase online.

iJADE 37.3. The most recent issue is now available online

Don't forget you have to be logged into the NSEAD website before the link to the Wiley Interscience site is visible on the iJADE page.

International Journal of Art & Design Education

As an NSEAD member you have access to all iJADE articles published since 1982. To access past issues NSEAD members should log in and click here.

Book review: Design Epistemology and Curriculum Planning

Edited by Eddie Norman and Ken Baynes
Review by Liz Macfarlane

Through the expertise of its contributors, Design Epistemology and Curriculum Planning explores the issues and difficulties surrounding the articulation of design epistemology and sets an agenda from which it is hoped that on-going discussion will ensue. More...

Book Review: Teaching Primary Art & Design

Review by Suzy Tutchell

Susan Ogier’s excellent new book Teaching Primary Art & Design is about subject knowledge and outstanding practice in teaching art and design in the primary school. More...

Art and Design Primary Coordinator's Handbook

The Art and Design Primary Coordinator's Handbook is now published by Belair in association with NSEAD. The Handbook was originally written by John Bowden and has been revised by Peter Gregory and Susan Ogier. NSEAD members please follow this link to purchase your copy for only £18.99; If you are not a member of NSEAD but would like to purchase a copy for £19.99 please follow this link. The RRP is £19.99. Prices includes p&p (UK only).

Teaching Art 7-11 by Nigel Meager

Teaching Art 7-11 is published by Belair in association with NSEAD, and is available from NSEAD's online bookshop.

NSEAD members, please follow this link to order your copy at our members’ rate of £20.99 (incl p&p in UK).

If you are not a member of NSEAD but would like to purchase a copy for £21.99 (incl p&p in UK) please follow this link. The RRP is £24.99.

Back issues of iJADE

The complete texts of all back issues of jADE/iJADE are available on line to members from Vol. 1 No.1, 1982 and are searchable via the abstracts. Make sure you log on to access this feature! Remember you must be an NSEAD member or iJADE subscriber to download copies from the Wiley-Blackwell website.

AD Magazine

AD is published three times a year. NSEAD members can all download back issues of AD online. Visit the AD Archive here. Please make sure you are logged in to read AD online.

Contributions are welcome from all phases of education. Guidance on writing primary articles is available here and an AD magazine house style guide is available here. To download a sample copy AD or to subscribe, follow this LINK.

NSEAD Consultant Members

NSEAD Consultants Members Database

The Society has identified a cohort of members who are working as consultants offering their professional advice and services within the context of art, craft and design education on an independent basis. Details of consultants who are also members and who have been accepted to join this section of the website can be found here.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education is an informal cross-party group which is run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords. The secretariat is organised by NSEAD. The APPG for Art, Craft and Design in Education meets in Westminster a minimum of once per term.

Details of meetings, presentations and papers given, as well as contact details of members are available in this section.