Develop your students’ context and critical research skills with Tate

CPD participants in Tate gallery
Rose Hillson Summers, Tate Photography ©

This development day will help you to make the most out of galleries and museums as an alternative learning environment. You will learn to develop your students’ contextual and critical research skills through working with art, artists and ideas in the exciting context of the Tate.

UAL and Tate collaborate to deliver this 1-day continuing professional development for teachers and creative educators. You will explore a diverse, innovative and inventive range of creative approaches designed to support your students’ progression. You will work with a practicing artist and education facilitator, who will promote a dialogue between art practice and teaching.

You will explore Tate’s renowned collection through a variety of practical activities. The day will start by exploring the value of practice-based enquiry as a strategy for supporting the development of ideas and a meaningful learning experience for students. Strategies include; entertaining the possibilities of not-knowing, encountering the unexpected, testing, failing and finding out.

Inspired by time spent exploring the collection, the group will then come together to discuss the possibilities, opportunites and challenges presented when using the gallery as an alternative learning environment, with a focus on assessment processes.

Throughout the day, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own learning and critically consider how your teaching can support and measure the success of your students’ learning.

The ideas, thinking and activities from the day will be collated into a digital resource for participants to use, draw upon and develop back in the classroom. 

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding of how to make the most of the gallery as an alternative learning environment.
  • Insight into how specific assessment requirements around the development of students’ critical research skills can be met.
  • Activities designed to promote a deeper understanding of how artists practice.
  • Ways to apply the exploration of artworks and artist practice within the gallery to support student learning.
  • Strategies to improve student engagement by embracing the unexpected, experimentation and discovery.
  • How to reflect on your own learning, apply your findings in your teaching, and measure impact.

Who should attend?

Ideal for those who teach art and design qualifications at the following levels:

  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • UAL Awarding Body (Levels 1–4)
  • BTEC.

Exclusive offer for UAL Awarding Body approved centres

Book your place(s) more than 2 weeks before the course start date and we’ll pay for travel to London for up to three members of staff per centre. Simply drop us an email once you’ve booked and we’ll arrange train travel for you –

Availability for the courses are first come first serve.


24 November 201710.30pm-5pmTate Britain£99Book now
22 February 201810.30pm-5pmTate Modern£99Book now

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