I came to Warwick as a mature student in 1992. I chose courses in nineteenth and twentieth century British and European art and architecture as they reflected my interests at the time. One of the options available when I was studying at Warwick was ‘The Body in Western Art’ course. This course included a life-drawing element that I found very interesting as it linked history and theory with the practical application of the subject. I was also able to take a practical art course in my second year. The term in Venice, in the third year, was a very memorable time as it not only opened up new areas of art and architecture to me but it gave me many valuable experiences. After completing my degree I went on to do a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Art and Design. This qualification allows me to teach in all state schools and colleges at all levels.
Art and Design teachers are expected to teach Art and Art related subjects (such as Textiles and Photography) to the National Curriculum. To do this you will have to write a scheme of work for each term for every year group and write lesson plans for every lesson taught. You also need to have a working knowledge of IT and art software packages. As well as teaching your subject you will probably be expected to be a form tutor and have the pastoral care of a tutor group. You will have to write, at least once a year, a form tutor’s report for every member of your form and a subject report for every pupil that you teach. You will have to submit a national curriculum level every term for every pupil you are responsible for. You are expected to mark pupil’s work regularly and give feedback to every pupil. You will also have to talk with parents and attend about five parent’s evenings a year.
Securing the Job
After teaching for about three years I decided to do a MA in Art and Design Education at Warwick where I focused on the teaching of contextual studies (History of Art) in the art curriculum. It was also useful to be able to do supply teaching during the course to keep me up to date with teaching and help fund my master’s degree. When I had completed my MA I took a supply post to cover maternity leave and then I was asked to say on at the school. I taught at Kings Norton High School for five years and I have now moved on to the School of Art and Design at the University of Wolverhampton where I am a study skills tutor.
It is very rewarding to see pupils, who have made a great effort, succeed in their school careers.
Regular Ofsted inspections and the paperwork that goes with them.
Words of Wisdom
You need plenty of stamina to teach young people and the workload is very heavy but if you stick with it does get easier as you become more experienced.
Training and Development Agency for Schools (Note: this agency has ceased operation)
Times Educational Supplement
PGCE Art and Design Courses
This is not a complete list, further courses and institutions can be found on the web.