Category Archives: Networks and Teachers

OK so ‘he’ has gone, but you still may need a policy.

This is just to note that I have been working with Art Express publishers this year to develop a (copyright free) draft policy that enables users of Art Express to simply and easily incorporate the whole Art Express programme into … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Boxes

I worry that there may be no way back now, at least in secondary schools. It seems that, at every level, and in every circumstance, the only response is to create a box to tick. Talking to friends yesterday there … Continue reading

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Good to work with subject leaders again

It was good to work with primary subject leaders again (see course notes). It reminded me of how different schools are and how important it is to keep an open mind. Some experienced and confident subject leaders will clearly relish … Continue reading

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Exhibiting Teachers

                              This post was prompted by an email about an exhibition of teacher’s art at the Upstairs Gallery Berkhamstead in January/February. It is open to teachers … Continue reading

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A Brief Briefing

OK the new art curriculum is out now. The aims retain the core principles that have informed all previous versions – there is a continuity of underlying practice and principle. Children will continue to develop ideas, develop skills and make … Continue reading

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On second thoughts

It feels wrong after all the rants and indignation but – I’ve just spent time with the revised (almost) finished version of the art curriculum and I think it may be not so bad after all. I am doing some … Continue reading

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The Draft National Curriculum translated

The draft national curriculum for art and design is not really very good. So here is an attempt to interpret it. In truth it need not stop you doing what you want and it does contain, hidden within it, a … Continue reading

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To be or not to be – a teacher

The DfE has anounced that Academies can employ people who do not have QTS as teachers. No doubt there is an interesting debate to be had about the value of PGCE and other entry routes in the creation of good … Continue reading

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Maurice and Us

Maurice Barrett was the first Art Adviser I ever met. Recently I attended a celebration of his work as an educator and was reminded of how important his influence had been. Even before I had met him he had played … Continue reading

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Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson

I’ve just been to see the Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson exhibition at Compton Verney.  It was interesting to see the Alfred Wallis pictures in a new gallery and alongside Ben Nicholson. Many came from Kettles Yard gallery in Cambridge … Continue reading

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