Curriculum CPD – Art

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Curriculum CPD – Art 

This course is being run over 2 sessions. Colleagues will be required to attend both.

Session 1: Selecting & Using Inspirational Artworks: Promoting Diversity in Artists, Designers and Architects – RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE

Led by Emily Gopaul


In the ever-evolving landscape of art education, it is crucial for educators to ensure that the artworks they select and utilise in the classroom reflect the diverse voices and experiences of artists, designers and architects. This session is designed to empower art educators with knowledge and skills to curate a curriculum that celebrates a wide range of artistic perspectives.

Participants will explore various strategies and best practices for incorporating artworks created by diverse artists, designers, and architects into their teaching practice. Emphasising the importance of representation, cultural awareness and inclusivity, educators will gain practical insights on how to foster an inclusive learning environment that values and respects the contributions of artists from different backgrounds.


Session 2: A Journey Through a Sketchbook: Skill Progression as an Artist Through EYFS to Year 6

Led by Emma Bairstow


Delegates will gain understanding of how to build progression within the primary curriculum through embedding skills starting with EYFS through to year 6. It will deepen their understanding of how to make an artist link with a topic and record their learning journeys in sketchbooks effectively. Delegates will build confidence in teaching and modelling art skills with a specific focus on printing practices and how print can be used independently, and as a tool to support drawing and painting skills. Emma will share planning structures and there will be the opportunity to discuss and share ideas in their practice going forward.

This course is being run over 2 sessions. Colleagues will be required to attend both.


DATE: Friday, 23 February 2024

TIME: 13:00-15:30

LOCATION: ONLINE – ZOOM meeting (a link will be sent out a week before)



DATE: Thursday, 7 March 2024

TIME: 13:00-15:30

LOCATION: ONLINE – ZOOM meeting (a link will be sent out a week before)


COST: £200 per person


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Emily Gopaul, founder of The Primary Art Class, a London-born art educator, artist and art education consultant of Indo-Guyanese descent. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. With extensive experience in teaching and leading art in both primary and secondary schools, Emily has established herself as a respected figure in the field of art education.

Emily authored the book “Teaching Primary Art and Design” in 2018, sharing her ideas for effective practices and lessons.

Currently, Emily operates through her company, The Primary Art Class, where she works as an art educational consultant and advocate. Her expertise is sought after by educational and cultural organisations. Emily has worked  with renowned institutions such as Teach First, Findel, Tate, BBC Bitesize, BBC Teach, The Crafts Council, Freelands Gallery (Artistteacher), NSEAD, and The Thackray Museum, among others.

Emily engages directly with schools and conducts Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events. She is passionate about art education and welcomes opportunities to discuss her interests and work, as well as to foster collaborations and

as a lifelong learner, Emily’s consultancy and advocacy practice continues to evolve and adapt. By staying up to date with the latest developments in education and art, Emily ensures that her perspectives and offerings remain relevant and contribute to positive and inclusive change. Drawing from her nearly two decades of classroom experience, she grounds her work in real-life practices, maintaining a practical and impactful approach.

Furthermore, Emily actively collaborates with the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) on their anti-racist initiatives. She is deeply passionate about ensuring that art education is not only inclusive but also actively works against racism. Emily believes in the transformative power of art and its potential to challenge societal biases and promote equity. Through her work with NSEAD and other platforms, she advocates for anti-racist practices and strives to create learning environments where every student feels valued and represented.



Emma Bairstow

Emma Bairstow is an art consultant working nationally to up-skill, build confidence and create positive learning experiences for children and teachers in art within the primary setting.  Emma graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2002 and has since been based in an educational setting carving her own path as an art specialist for the Inspire Partnership in London and now setting up Artworks Education and working across the country delivering CPD and workshops. She combines her own creative practice with what she has learnt through teaching art to support staff in embedding a rich and skillsbased art curriculum that builds on skills over time.  

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