Sunday, 26 April 2015

Initial Teacher Training- Kirklees/Calderdale SCITT

Over the last few weeks I have been working with 36 trainee teachers from the current Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT course. I have to say this years trainee teachers have been a really enthusiastic bunch (the future is in safe hands) and we have had great fun together experimenting with ideas for teaching Art, Craft & Design throughout the new Primary Curriculum. We have covered both drawing, design and craft/sculpture techniques. 

The benefit of the trainees coming to my base school of Battyeford is that I can show them how the Art, Craft and Design curriculum really comes to life in the context of our setting. We can tour displays and talk about a wide variety of approaches and techniques, as well as see first hand the children's sketchbooks, peer comments and their writing that has been stimulated by their experiences through this subject. Here is some of this years trainees work!

Proud of their efforts and having fun! This is how it should be in any classroom! Wonderful...

In addition to the practical course I deliver I also present ideas for assessment, funding, a who's who contact list, information about the NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art & Design) and offer a Dropbox file full of goodies, planning, Power Points and more so that the trainee teacher has a lot to fall back on when in their own school.

The NSEAD and Expert Subject Advisory Group for Art, Craft and Design have put together an invaluable assessment and progression resource that fits alongside the new Primary Curriculum model for Art, Craft and Design. This can be found on the following page: 

In addition a very useful extended curriculum model for Art, Craft and Design exists in drop down menus to the DfE content on the following link:

I would encourage every school to become a member of the NSEAD. The Primary Collegiate membership for schools is only £65.10 annually. For this schools are eligible for discounts on training courses and receive the wonderful termly magazine AD. A resource well worth the investment! Please join and support the progression and recognition of our subject.

Membership details can be found using the following link:


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