GLAD 2013 – START, SUSTAIN, SUCCEED: ART & DESIGN EDUCATION IN THE NEW POLICY LANDSCAPE

At the University of the Creative Arts, Epsom, Surrey today, GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design) Conference 2013 took place. The programme focused on the following themes:

1. Starting. Changes to the school art and design curriculum and how the new English Baccalaureate and the demands it places on school timetables might crowd out of the curriculum offer in the arts. How we might engage to redress this?

2. Sustaining. How we should evolve our working with students to support their learning and to address the data-led climate for student choice?

3. Succeeding. What are institutions doing to support employability?

My paper presentation was included in the Sustainingthemed session and alongside presentations by Francisco Sousa Lobo (Goldsmiths) and Richenda Gwilt (University for the Creative Arts) the discussions raised interesting points of view and accounts of personal experiences on approaches to student engagement and supporting their learning. These were echoed in the keynotes and the panel session. The conference challenged and inspired.

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