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No creative journey is the same but we know that inspiring your students, whatever their ambition, is at the heart of what we do in creative education.

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 contacts our team at

Creative Futures Conference

Our annual conference for teacher and advisers explores current issues and themes in creative education and the wider creative industries. The programme will be 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.

The event takes place on AUB campus at the end of Summer Term and is completely free to attend.

Previous CPD events

AUB’s first in-person teachers and advisers 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 16.00 - 17.00 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 am 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 16.00 - 17.00 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 16.00 – 17.30. 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.

Inside every single one of us, there is a story, and it is so important to ensure every story is heard. We were pleased to welcome a group of young men onto campus at AUB on 21 June 2022 for a full day workshop, Empower, a creative writing workshop supported by an experienced facilitator and author of the 392 and Your Show, Ashley Hickson-Lovence. The workshop aimed to equip participants with the tools to create confident, bold and thought-provoking creative pieces.

Previous experience of creative writing was not necessary.

Irene Smith, CIAG Lead at Iford Academy said, “what an amazing day where confidence was grown in abundance!"

Workshop Overview:

- Explored themes surrounding masculinity and identity, and how they impact on our daily lives
- Worked both independently and collaboratively to build confidence in producing bold, exciting and thought-provoking creative writing pieces
- Worked with the support of an experienced practitioner to evolve their skills and confidence in creative writing
- Broaden existing abilities and develop new skill focused on expression and storytelling

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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.