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Art, craft & design Professional Development Courses

I deliver a number of Primary & Secondary art INSET CPD Continuing Professional Development training courses around the country, some hosted by myself and others for third party training providers. Please see below for a list of up and coming training days.

quality art, craft & design teacher CPD from Paul Carney and Susan Coles

Susan Coles & Paul Carney Arts are delighted to announce an online CPD programme for national and international Primary & Secondary schools for 2020/2021. Each session can be purchased individually at £30 each or as a yearly CPD package: £240 for 9 Primary courses or £150 for 6 Secondary courses. 


Contact paulcarney2@me.com  for more details


For all bookings visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/paul-carney-arts


· Sketchbooks in the primary phase  Tues Jan 19th 2021 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Supporting the art curriculum with sketchbooks, understanding the rationale of recording the process in different ways and with an online practical session that you can use in the classroom the very next day.

Speakers: Access Art how sketchbooks can extend and develop ideas and thinking.

Mandy Barrett Gomersal Primary School how and why sketchbooks are used in class.

Susan Coles zine making and why and how zines can work for your own young people.

Paul Carney sketchbooks & journals by leading artists & their range of purposes.

· Finding & Exploring Influential Artists Tues Feb 16th 2021 4.30pm – 6.30pm

What is influential art? Where do I find influential artists? How do I ensure I teach a broad, balanced art history? Finding and using artists, designers, makers and architects to inspire the curriculum and engage learners. Speakers: to be announced

· Bridging the culture gap Tues Mar 23rd 2021 4.30pm – 6.30pm

How does art support a school with developing its Cultural Capital in an authentic and meaningful way? Is culture elitist? What is meant by cultural capital? Exciting, practical ideas for injecting cultural capital into your art curriculum. Speakers: to be announced

· Art for all Tues Apr 20th 2021 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Planning and delivering an inclusive approach to visual art, including SEND, MAT, diversity, and gender equality. Specialist subject experts will outline a wide range of practical approaches to help you ensure your curriculum is fit for all. Speakers: to be announced

· Visual literacy for 21st Century learning Tue 18th May 4.30pm – 6.30pm

What is visual literacy, why is it important and how do I teach it? Practical exercises in using art to engage young children in interpreting an image and applying that knowledge to their own work and creativity. Speakers: to be announced

· EYFS: Where the magic happens Tues Jun 8th 2021 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Exploring a wide range of visual art learning approaches using EYFS experts and practitioners to demonstrate practical and pedagogical techniques. Speakers: to be announced



· Through the Lens Wed Dec 9th - 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Ideas for teaching GCSE Photography. Exciting ideas to engage all students in the subject and including relevant ‘drawing’ and ‘annotation’ and process recording. We will look at how we can raise attainment through GCSE Photography as a specification, and as part of other GCSE specifications, using case studies and hearing from established practitioners.

  • Elaine Humbleby (Sprowston Community College, Norwich) will outline her GCSE project “A portrait of the artist” exploring identity and image.

  • Jono Carney (Framwellgate School, Durham) starting a new GCSE Photography course....where to begin? Let’s find out, with Jono leading the way. 

  • Jill Reay (Farringdon School, Sunderland) will outline her GCSE Photography film making project, including story boarding and planning. Approaches to annotation will also be covered. Highly praised by visiting moderator! 

  • Bradley Hodgson Cramlington Learning Village —Think like a photographer

  • Susan Coles how drawing can be covered within the Photography specification. 


· Teaching & challenging the hard to reach students Wed Jan 20th - 4.30pm – 6.30pm

How to get the most out of those that might struggle to access your curriculum and programmes of study. A fully inclusive curriculum requires planning and differentiation. Join in the discussion and hear from practitioners and case studies.

Speakers: Denise Taylor – Principle of Beacon of Light School, Sunderland & art teacher.

Francis Akinde - Headteacher of Rivermead School, London & teacher of art.

Susan Coles – “Quick wins with the boys, to engage and motivate them in the subject.”

Paul Carney – will talk of his experiences of leading art in a challenging school. 


· Want to improve your GCSE Art & Design grades? Wed March 24th - 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Find out about developing Independent learning skills in KS3 and making that transition into KS4 and beyond. What lies behind those successful grades and how can you teach it and instil it in your own department? We discuss strategies that have worked in the classroom.


· Leading the subject at Secondary level Wed May 19th - 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Practical guidance for current subject leaders and aspiring subject leaders in leading your department and in raising the profile of the subject with all stakeholders. What are the qualities that make leadership effective and strong and can  you respond to an OFSED ‘deep dive’ with confidence? Join us for a thoughtful and inspiring session on subject leadership.


More Primary Art & Design

CPD Courses with Learning Partnership


Understanding Progression in Art With Paul Carney

2nd Dec 2020 4pm



Ideas for Art Projects with Paul Carney

3rd Dec 2020



Professional Learning Community: Primary Art


the Learning Partnership has commissioned expert tutors to lead professional learning communities (PLC) for staff in schools.​

What is creativity in art?

Learning the different forms creativity takes and how to develop creative thinking and divergent outcomes in art projects.

Session 1: 14th January 4pm until 4.45pm

Session 2: 18th March 4pm until 4.45pm


Using influential art & artists

Understanding significant art through history, where to find it and how to apply it in children’s work.

Session 1: 3rd March 4pm until 4.45pm

Session 2: 25th March 4pm until 4.45pm


Using sketchbooks

How do I teach children to use their sketchbooks ‘properly’? How do artists use them and in what ways can we use them for learning in art?

Session 1: 5th May 4pm until 4.45pm

Session 2: 17th June 4pm until 4.45pm


What Does a Good Art Project Look Like - a Session With Paul Carney for NQTs

21st Jan 2021


Planning for successful outcomes, requires key skills and knowledge to be embedded in such a way as to allow for personal expression.

How can non-specialist primary teachers plan meaningful art and design projects that are creative and motivational, yet are still rich in deep, sequential knowledge that demonstrate appropriate progression of skills?

Enriching Knowledge in Art With Paul Carney

27th Jan 2021


Expectations now are for a rich knowledge led learning experience. But what is this? What does knowledge look like in art and how can we make sure what we deliver is meeting those high expectations


New Contemporary Drawing Techniques With Paul Carney

28th Jan 2021


Drawing has changed. It's no longer a minority practice for the talented few but a diverse means of communication that crosses knowledge domains. This course is a practical, engaging day of Drawing for a range of purposes in a range of media.


Primary Art, Craft and Design National Conference 2021

4th Feb 2021


Led by Paul Carney and Susan Coles the day promises to be a must-attend event for all with an interest in and passion for the arts in primary schools:



Sketchbooks and Linking to Artists - a Session With Paul Carney for NQTs

17th Mar 2021


What is a sketchbook for? How is it different to an exercise book? How, when and why we use sketchbooks. 


Sketchbooks in Art With Paul Carney

30th Jun 2021


A twilight devoted to looking at your sketchbooks and sketchbook practice in a supportive environment and thinking about we might develop their use.


Paper Craft and Mask Making With Paul Carney

1st Jul 2021


A full day of learning paper craft techniques culminating in making a 3D mask using card and modroc.

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