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Teacher Development Fund

Teacher Development Fund

Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

The Fund has one deadline per year. Each year we expect to make around six grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and five to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years.

Applications to the Fund will open in autumn 2021. If you would like to register your interest and be added to a contact list to receive updates about the fund reopening, please email

For 2020, we made some changes in response to Covid-19 – watch our webinar below.

Blending online and face to face delivery in arts-based CPDL
During the pandemic many organisations across the arts and education sectors have adapted to delivering digitally. As a result, new practice is emerging. In 2020 the Fund has a particular focus on exploring how blended approaches, combining digital and face to face delivery, can enhance teacher CPDL in arts-based learning. By supporting a number of projects over two years we aim to create a body of evidence around effective practice in blended learning that will have long-term value for both the education and arts sectors.

All our principles and priorities remain focused on:

  • Primary schools
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing systemic inequality and disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts
  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning
  • Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
  • The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
  • Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.

In the 2020 round, we also asked to see a focus on CPDL models which include one or more elements of online delivery.