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Teachers and Advisors CPD

CPD for Teachers/Advisors

Arts University Bournemouth is dedicated to championing the creative arts throughout every stage of the education journey. We recognise the vital role teachers and advisors play in nurturing students’ creative aspirations, and we're committed to supporting this through dedicated continuing professional development opportunities.

Our CPD events are designed with you in mind, with a range of virtual and in-person events throughout the year, all of which are completely free. For more information about any of these events please contact our team at

Upcoming events

The Extraordinary Pencil – CPD Workshop for Key Stage 3 and 4

Friday 22 March 2024, 09.30–12.30

Join Siân Bowen, Professor of Drawing at Arts University Bournemouth, for our free Teacher CPD session providing practical demonstration for Key Stage 3 and 4 art lesson plans.

The workshop will cover how to deliver three 60-75 minute lessons exploring the power of drawing. Each lesson plan will develop students' skills and understanding of drawing with a variety of mark making techniques. Taking inspiration from artist John Ruskin, who described drawing as "dirtying paper delicately," the lessons cover traditional and contemporary drawings and the history of pencil throughout art.

A Drawn and Collaged Jungle – CPD Workshop for Key Stage 2

Friday 22 March 2024, 13.30–16.30

Join Siân Bowen, Professor of Drawing at Arts University Bournemouth, for our free teacher CPD session providing practical demonstration for Key Stage 2 art lesson plans.

The workshop will cover how to deliver three 60-75 minute lessons exploring the rainforest and the creatures that inhabit it, creating a collage of drawings. The lesson plans will develop students mark making with coloured pencils to create different textures and use a range of colours. Taking inspiration from Henry Rousseau’s jungle painting, Tiger in a Storm, the lessons will explore how to create foreground, midground, and background in the artwork and the meaning behind colour to create an environment.

Previous CPD events

Following the success of 2022’s inaugural event, the Creative Futures Teachers and Advisors CPD conference returned to AUB on Friday 14 July 2023.

The conference allowed teachers and advisors to explore current issues and themes in creative education and employment with leading industry experts. The programme excited and empowered educators working with young people, providing the knowledge and insight to support their journey into creative careers.  The event also hosted a range of sessions including keynote presentations, panel discussions, and opportunities for lively conversations. 

Hosted at AUB in March 2023, this CPD session gave teachers, advisors, and educators the chance to explore drawing beyond the act of creating images. Held in AUB’s purpose-built Drawing Studio, led by Professor Siân Bowen, Professor of Drawing at AUB.

The day’s activities and discussions gave an opportunity to test out possibilities for both making and teaching drawing. The session focused on drawing as a material phenomenon capable of generating new ideas and knowledge. While it’s clear that a drawing can be made using any medium, and on any surface, participants considered the potential that paper holds as a mediator for ideas.

AUB’s first in-person teachers and advisors conference since pre-pandemic, Creative Futures 2022 explored innovative methods to engage young people with the creative arts and ways in which this can be turned into successful, sustainable careers in the creative industries.

We were joined by guest speakers from Creative UK, Arts Emergency, Dorset’s Cultural Hub and design agency Bond & Coyne, as well as AUB academic tutors and outreach staff. The programme was full of lively conversations and interactive sessions designed to excite and empower educators working with young people and share knowledge to support the development of creative pathways.

AUB hosted the first in the series on 9 February 2022 with Mark Roberts, author of Boys Don't Try?: Rethinking Masculinity in School, a leading expert in issues relating to boys and educational success. Mark provided invaluable insights into what it’s like to be a boy in contemporary classrooms and what steps we can take as educators to support them.

Mark Roberts, “To tackle gender attainment gaps, it's going to take a collective effort. Teachers, academics, parents and, of course, boys themselves will need to strive to overcome the key barriers to academic success. I'm delighted that AUB have facilitated this session for teachers and advisors and I'm looking forward to sharing some of my solutions to 'The Boy Question'.

Lucy Hensher, Teacher, Thomas Hardye School – “Some of the strategies suggested in the Being a Boy training I found I could certainly implement into my teaching such as positive reinforcement to ensure conflict is deescalated quickly and learning can begin. This might ensure more boys staying in lessons, having more positive interactions with teachers, and therefore rewriting some of those labels that are all too often given to them from a very early age.”

The University of Portsmouth hosted the second event on 24 March 2022, with Heidi and James from Ripples Wellbeing, who shared their own stories of turning negative experiences to positive ones. As well as providing advice and tools that can be utilised in your own role to support the mental wellbeing of young people.

The University of Winchester hosted the final event in the series for this academic year on 15 June 2022. That explored the implications of socioeconomic inequality on the chances of boys’ educational ‘success’. The session examined the complex intersections of masculinity, inequality and educational expectations which influence boys’ engagement in formal educational spaces.

The panel discussion was hosted by Dr Alex Blower, Access and Participation Manager at AUB, with expert guest panellists:

  • Professor Nicola Ingram, Director of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Education and Social Research Institute and author of the book Working Class Boys and Educational Success.
  • Dr Craig Johnston, Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester and author of Where are all the men'?: Working-class males and care-based degrees.
  • Dr Andrew Hamilton, Research Associate at Ulster University. Andrew's work includes ‘Taking Boys’ Seriously’, a longitudinal piece of research which began as a funded project by the Northern Irish Government in 2012.

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We know that inspiring your students, whatever their ambition, is at the heart of what we do in creative education.

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On-campus activities

We run a range of on-campus activities so that your students can experience life at an arts university first-hand.

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In-school activities

Our in-school activities have been designed to support your students in discovering more about Higher Education and creative pathways

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Lesson resources

We have a range of learning resources at AUB that can support your teaching either in the classroom or online.

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Helping your students apply

We appreciate that navigating the process of applying to university can be a daunting time for students – we're here to help.

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Widening access to AUB

Those with the potential to benefit from higher education, deserve the opportunity to do so. At AUB, we’re committed to making that happen.

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Global Schools

AUB offers workshops, talks and presentations to global schools. Get in touch with our team to find out more

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Dorset Boys' Impact Hub

The Dorset branch of Boys' Impact is the first in a series of regional networks with the aim of closing the gap in GCSE outcomes for boys.