Advocacy is needed to influence how people understand and appreciate art craft and design education. This section contains links to articles and papers and that make a case for art, craft and design education and which champion or promote this area of the curriculum. Advocacy might be intended for parents, the press or the general public to enable them to value this area of learning and teaching. It might be directed at teachers and senior managers in schools to make clear the importance of art, craft and design in the curriculum. It might be aimed at politicians to ensure that our voice is heard and that our wishes are genuinely considered when decisions are being made about education.

This film, commissioned by the Art, Craft and Design ESAG, was made by Lee Martin of the Digital Engagement Team of the Department for Education (DfE). Eileen Adams, who directed the film, spells out the requirements of the National Curriculum. Three teachers – in early years, primary and secondary schools – talk about the potential of the National Curriculum for art, craft and design education.

The film shows glimpses of pupils involved in a range of art, craft and design activities together with a few examples of their work. The narratives reveal links between the various phases of education: the value of direct experience and experimentation, the need for reflection and critical thinking, the importance of creative thought and expression.

It is important to hear teachers’ voices in current debates about education. The National Curriculum offers a framework, which needs to be interpreted by teachers who know their pupils and who can structure appropriate learning experiences and activities. Art, craft and design education offers wonderful opportunities for developing different kinds of thinking and action.

Eileen Adams March 19 2015.

The ESAG would like to thank Eileen Adams and the following colleagues for their help in making this film.
Marian Gager, headteacher of Evesham Nursery School.
Natalie Deane, primary specialist teacher at Battyeford Primary School.
Adam Elias, subject leader for art at Paddington Academy.
(The film can be viewed on youtube at You can see more of Lee’s films on

Bob and Roberta Smith Message from Sophie Leach Nsead on Vimeo.

An introduction to YouTube art education resources and references.

A collection of videos exploring advocacy, theory and research has been prepared by Dr Emese Hall. These will be of interest to all art educators. Click here for the link.


  1. In March 2016 The Sorrell Foundation supported by HEAD Trust (the Higher Education in Art and Design Foundation) and Arts Council England, published Creative Journeys a website that provides information about the creative industries and some of the successful professionals who have made this journey. Click here for the link.
  2. In the March issue of ‘Cultural Trends’ ESAG member Eileen Adams contributed the article, ‘Coalition cultural and education policies: Impact on art and design education in schools’. Click here for the link.
  3. The Warwick Commission’s final report, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth, was launched on 17th February and is available to download in various formats. Click here for the link
  4. The ESAG for Art and Design was invited to contribute ideas about ‘secondary readiness’ in art and design. This was a vague concept and was abandoned shortly afterwards. The ideas developed by the ESAG were initial ideas following discussion. However, they are offered here because they might contribute to others discussions as schools develop their own curriculum plans. Click here for the list.
  5. The NSEAD has produced a paper to define the fundamental British values that are supported by art and design education. Click here for a copy.
  6. The SSAT has published a paper presenting the findings and conclusions of a symposium about the future of arts education in the face of concerns about the effect of the EBBAC. Click here for a copy.

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