Project

Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement September 2015 – April 2018

Investigating the direct impact of arts and cultural experiences on teachers of secondary education, and the indirect impact this has on their pupils

Teachers participating in a Schools and Teachers Summer School, 2017

Teachers participating in a Schools and Teachers Summer School, 2017

Photography © Tate 2017 Seraphina Neville

Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement (TALE) is collaborative research project between The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Tate and the University of Nottingham. The research will investigate the direct impact of arts and cultural experiences for teachers of secondary education and the indirect impact this has on their pupils. The research focuses on the contribution that cultural organisations can make to teachers’ ongoing professional development and addresses the following questions:

  • What do teachers learn from deep engagement with cultural organisations?
  • How do teachers translate this learning into the classroom?
  • What do pupils gain from these learning experiences?
  • What do the two different models of teacher professional development at Tate and RSCoffer and achieve?

This project will involve interviews and surveys in 30 schools across England serving inner city, rural and regional communities. Teachers and students will be questioned about their participation in the arts and the benefits this has to their personal and professional development. The research aims to contribute informed debate about the current context of school education in England and to improve policy development in this area. Research findings will be reported via an ongoing project blog and a series of working papers. These will be posted on both RSC and Tate websites. There will be annual national seminars to which arts organisations and arts and education researchers will be invited.

Further information can be found on the TALE project blog.

Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement is supported by Arts Council England.

Team Members

Project Leaders

Emily Pringle (Head of Learning Practice and Research, Tate)
Jacqui O’Hanlon (Director of Education Royal Shakespeare Company)

Project Team

Pat Thomson (Professor of Education, University of Nottingham)
Christine Hall (Professor of Education, University of Nottingham)
Alice Walton (Convenor, Schools and Teachers, Tate)
Leanne Turvey (Convenor, Schools and Teachers Learning,Tate)
Amy McKelvie (Curator, Schools and Teachers Learning, Tate)
Deborah Riding (Programme Manager, Children & Young People, Tate)
Melanie Stidolph (Curator, Schools and Teachers Learning, Tate)

More Information