Why you should join...National Society for Education in Art Design
The society started in 1888 and concentrated on raising the standard of art teaching and the status of art teachers. It aims to promote and, where necessary, defend the interests of art, craft and design education, important at a time when the curriculum is squeezed by demands for more vocational education.
Its publications are excellent value. Start, the pre-school and primary magazine, contains invaluable ideas and resources for nursery or primary school teachers, especially those who are perhaps less confident with art. Also available is JADE, the international Journal of Art Design Education.
As with all associations, there are conferences and training. This year's annual conference, Intercultural and Interfaith Issues in Art Design Education (June17) is topical, useful to art teachers and not a response to some DfES initiative. It's held at the Tate Modern, London, and worth the fee. Later, you might fancy a power drawing weekend at Bath Spa university college.
Full membership, which includes trade union membership, is pound;144. Ordinary membership, just as a subject association, is pound;78.
more informationNSEAD, The Gatehouse, Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0BZ. Tel: 01249 714825; fax: 01249 716138; www.nsead.org