Author Archives: Dan

About Dan

Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.

The weight of creativity

There is an intriguing twist in this simple tale. It comes from the book ‘Art and Fear’, by David Bayles and Ted Orland. At the beginning of term a ceramics teacher divided the class into two groups. He told the first group that … Continue reading

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Teacher assessment is less fair – discuss

Daisy Christodoulou’s blog is always interesting, and often infuriating – well she is young, right wing, a teacher and popular educational expert. But she goes for the jugular, attacks our treasured myths and bases her arguments on research not dogma. … Continue reading

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Tim Oates on the curriculum and assessment

Tim Oates talks with quiet authority about how the new national curriculum came to be and how ideas about assessment have changed. He explains how the honourable intentions of the TGAT report (Professor Black) became corrupted. However, it is clear … Continue reading

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From the horses mouth.

The recently published report of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels is interesting and probably important for our subject. Some of it consists of statements of the blindingly obvious. But in view of the fact that many schools are blindly … Continue reading

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The arts are important because…

A Marylebone High School film about the importance of the arts in school with a cast of significant creators.

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Education Technology Action Group – I do hope so

I guess if anyone can Stephen Heppell can. It was rather a shock to come across this after the regressive, backward looking, Govian years. But it is a real joy to see the language, creativity and positive vision of the future … Continue reading

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Playing with ebooks

Just stumbled upon this interesting post about ebooks for children on  (  Really just using this post to park the information until I have time to play. Story Bird widely used story maker website. It has great templates picture bank. … Continue reading

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Its really important to get our facts right

The NSEAD (National Society for Education on Art and Design – the subject association for art does an annual survey to investigate trends in art and design in schools. Last year the survey documented the emerging (negative) impact of … Continue reading

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Just noted this site providing articles about contemporary issues in school improvement, which seems interesting. The article that caught my attention was a study which challenged the research findings that have seemed  to suggest that ‘feedback’ always led to improvement. … Continue reading

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Sharing good practice is always worth doing.

In January OFSTED published a set of papers sharing examples of good practice in art teaching. There are 12 case studies in all and they include building professional practice into GCE ‘A’ level courses, developing drawing, inspiring creativity and developing … Continue reading

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