Develop your students’ context and critical research skills with Tate

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

Develop your students’ contextual and critical research skills through working with art, artists and ideas in the exciting new Tate Modern.

Explore a diverse, innovative and inventive range of creative approaches, designed to support your students’ progression, at this 1-day continuing professional development (CPD) event from UAL and Tate. Working with artist and Fine Art Programme Leader at Central Saint Martins, Alex Schady and Associate Dean of Camberwell College of Arts, Amanda Jenkins, the course will promote a dialogue between art practice and teaching.

Participants will explore Tate’s renowned collection through a number of practical activities. The morning will instill the value of practice-based enquiry - entertaining the possibilities of not-knowing, encountering the unexpected, testing, failing and finding out - as a strategy for supporting the development of ideas and a meaningful learning experience for students. Inspired by time spent exploring the collection, the group will come together to discuss the possibilities presented by using the gallery as an alternative learning environment, with a focus on exam assessment processes.

Teachers will be encouraged to reflect on their own learning and critically consider how they support and measure the success of their 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 1-3)
  • BTEC.


There are currently no dates available for this course. Please email to register your interest for future dates. 

About the facilitators

Learn more about Amanda and Alex, two of our excellent facilitators.

Amanda Jenkins

Amanda Jenkins trained and practiced graphics and illustration before going into teaching. She taught at a number of schools and Sixth Form colleges and was an Edexcel A level moderator for several years before joining UAL as Foundation Pathway Leader for Communication in 2007.

Amanda has worked for UAL Awarding Body as a Senior Moderator for levels 2-4 Art & Design since its launch. In 2011 she became the first Programme Director of the new Camberwell/Chelsea/Wimbledon (CCW) Progression Centre, where she led the delivery of one of UAL Awarding Body’s largest Level 4 Foundation courses, before taking up her current post as Associate Dean at Camberwell College of Art in 2013.

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Alex Schady

Alex gained an MA from Middlesex University (Fine Art) in 1996 and is currently Fine Art Programme Leader at Central Saint Martins.

He is co-founder of Five Years Gallery (a collaborative artists’ project), and in parallel to his own practice has worked collaboratively with Hadas Kedar since 2000. He has also worked closely with Tate Modern and Camden Arts Centre on a series of collaborative projects that explore the ethics and limits of collaboration when working with groups of school children and young adults. Recent projects include Rulers at Camden Arts Centre (2011), Misguided at Tate Modern (2012) Besame Mucho (2013) and Happy Birthday Abbie (2015) at Five Years Gallery.

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