Birmingham Arts School Events & CPD

Birmingham Arts School runs four types of events in the year. These are Teacher Networks, CPD Sessions, Arts Partnership Showcases and conferences. Below is a breakdown of what you can expect in the remainder of the 2023-2024 academic year.

Teacher Networks

Birmingham Arts School leads four teacher networks: one for primary and three for Dance, Drama and Art with secondary schools. These networks provide valuable opportunities to connect, share best practices, and discover new ways of engaging with arts organisations. We encourage teachers to attend these sessions to explore innovative teaching methods, advocate for excellent arts education, and have a dedicated space to discuss challenges and opportunities within their own schools.

Secondary Dance, Drama and Art Networks

Taking place across the city, these events are conducted by arts professionals who possess a keen understanding of curriculum needs and can support teachers in developing their arts practice. There will also be opportunities to explore partnerships with arts organisations and artists, as well as opportunities to contribute to BAS’s CPD program.

Primary Artslink

The Primary Artslink event takes place three times a year, once per term. These engaging and informative events bring together Birmingham teachers, artists, and arts organisations. The network aims to foster collaborations, inspire creativity, and strengthen the bond between education and the arts. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with passionate arts education professionals and explore exciting possibilities for partnerships with your school.

See Events Below:

Teacher Networks 2024

The network seeks to build new connections, share best practice, advocate and develop expertise. 

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Book your place for the next Dance Network session

The BAS Art network is a forum for secondary artist-teachers across Birmingham to connect, collaborate, create, share good practice and promote arts education. The group will meet regularly throughout the year and work together to devise a range of arts opportunities for secondary schools in the Midlands. It is a supportive forum to explore workshop opportunities, engage in discussion and facilitate the development of teaching and learning in Art and Design. The focus of the meetings is agreed by the participants but always includes a discussion of upcoming art exhibitions and events and some focused discussion on current local and national issues affecting subject leadership and the challenges of teaching Arts subjects at a time of ‘Creativity Crisis’ in Secondary Education.

Sessions will be held 4 – 6pm at Challoner House, Bishop Challoner School, 21 Institute Rd, Kings Heath, B14 7EG on the below dates. To add yourself to the mailing list please email

Book your place for the next Art Network session

The Primary Artslink Network has now finished for this year.

Watch this space for details for the next academic year.

CPD Programme


According to the self-determination theory, students are more likely to succeed, be motivated and be happier if they have autonomy over their work and learning. Dance lends itself to this through students having control over their choreography and through their own interpretations of dance works, with no ‘right or wrong’ responses. Creative work also develops awareness of the capabilities and strengths of their own bodies, allowing them to design movement to suit their own style.  Therefore, dance can be achieved by everyone. We are aiming to ensure that our approach is to enable teachers to lead student led learning in dance. This will utilise the students own creativity and move away from the rote learning where students just copy routines in which we are seeing in schools. This will be achieved through modelling of key dance education terminology that can be used as key words to help spark students dance creativity.

The biggest concern of non-dance specialist teachers when needing to teach dance in schools is not being confident dancers themselves, however, dance language and terminology can inspire and facilitate the students creativity, without the direct need for teachers to model physicality. As mentioned previously, dance within schools is usually built on the three elements of composing, performing and appreciating. Through this method teachers can apply this to any class topic and subject as a way to enhance their learning in the classroom so dance doesn’t become a stand alone subject. Any subject can be danced – from historical topics of the Romans to great fire of London, geography topics of climate change to continents and science topics such as electricity to body functions. Research in America found that kindergarten students who learned the curriculum through dance were more likely to retain the information over those who didn’t (Pottiger, M. (2019) Project Researches Impact Of Dance On Students). 

Please bring something you can move in, eg joggers, trainers, tshirt.

Lunch provided. Please provide dietary requirements when booking.



Birmingham Arts Schools is delivering a FREE CPD for teachers on producing festivals and events with local school communities. 

This CPD is for teachers who are interested in organising festivals and events for, by and with their local communities. We will be looking at case studies and projects run by other schools to inspire ways in which your schools could deliver similar programmes.

These case studies will include:

  • Stronger Together Festival at Queensbridge School Harpinder Singh, Headteacher

  • Community Mela at Hillstone Primary School Keith Farr, Arts Co-ordinator

  • Elliot Foundation Schools Arts Festival at Billesley Primary School, Angie Watson, Headteacher

The event will also allow for small group discussions on how teachers can plan festivals and events in their own schools and ways in which you may be able to collaborate.

Refreshments will be provided.


Stan’s Cafe are pleased to offer this opportunity for secondary drama teachers to explore the devising process. You’ll work with Artistic Director, James Yarker at the company’s base in Selly Oak. You’re invited to bring one of the prompts that you give your students to start a devising or improvisation process. Together you’ll choose one and work from that.

“Stan’s Cafe is a theatre company (and charity). We make our work collaboratively, following exciting ideas wherever they take us, sometimes into theatres. We love working in schools with students and teachers. We started in 1991 and we are more excited than ever before.”

James studied theatre at Lancaster University. He co-founded Stan’s Cafe in 1991 and has directed all the company’s significant productions since then. As a result of this work he has been invited to guest lecture at Universities across the country as well as to present papers at conferences and run many workshops at home and abroad. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and co-author, with Dr. Mark Crossley, of Devising Theatre With Stan’s Cafe, published Bloomsbury Methuen. James was an attached writer at Birmingham Repertory Theatre once but failed to reconcile himself to the notion of sitting at home writing a play – he is now detached.

Lunch provided. Please provide dietary requirements when booking.



Arts Partnership Showcases

BAS understands that projects and partnerships between arts organisations or individual artists and schools can take various scales and forms, ranging from one-day workshops to long-term residencies. It also recognizes the different purposes and aims of arts organisations and artists working in schools, including:

  • Learning through the arts: using the arts to bring the curriculum to life, enrich it, and make it more vibrant.
  • Learning in the arts: acquiring the creative processes, skills, and techniques specific to each art form.
  • Using the arts for social, emotional, and well-being outcomes for pupils.

The Arts Partnership Showcases have now finished for this year.

In 2024/2025, Birmingham Arts School will host six arts partnership showcases, each focusing on a different art form – dance, music, drama, visual arts, media, and literature. Projects and partnerships thrive when there is clarity of purpose and a shared understanding of goals. BAS’s Arts Partnership Showcases feature successful case studies and support schools in developing their own partnerships with arts organisations and artists.

Keep watching this space for more details. 

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