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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 September 2022. If you would like to register your interest and be added to a contact list to receive updates about the fund reopening, please email

Take a look at our webinar below to learn more about the Fund’s priorities and the application process.

You can read a transcript of the webinar here.

TDF principles and priorities are focused on:

  • Primary schools
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing systemic inequity and disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts
  • Projects which take an anti-racist and intersectional approach across all areas of work
  • 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.
  • Projects that build on emerging approaches to blended CPDL and include one of more elements of online delivery