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The value of cultural spaces to support teachers’ professional development

This webinar will discuss the value of visiting museums, galleries and cultural spaces for teachers’ wellbeing and professional development. It has been created in partnership with the national charity for art, Art Fund and the Chartered College of Teaching (CCT).


The webinar will explore how cultural spaces boost teachers’ wellbeing, with research from the Clore Duffield Foundation and Art Fund revealing 63% of teachers say museums help them de-stress. Panellists will discuss how museums and gallery visits can help spark creativity and foster connection within the classroom – supporting teachers’ professional development and boosting education outcomes. Panellists will also examine the main barriers to museum and gallery trips by schools; with data showing disadvantaged pupils are less likely to have access to cultural spaces.

Sam Cairns, Education and Cultural Specialist at Art Fund.
Sam has worked in the cultural sector for over 20 years – starting in museum education and then working in libraries, archives and the arts. She ran the Cultural Learning Alliance 2011-22 and led the development of its Key Res earch Findings: the case for cultural learning (2017) and authored the most read CLA blog: What is Cultural Capital? Sam project managed and compiled Space for Learning: a new handbook for creating inspirational learning spaces (2015) and Space for Learning Covid Guidance (2020). She was Project Manager of RSA Learning About Culture for a year in 2019 and is working with Art Fund on their Teacher Art Pass R&D Year and The Great Escape project. She is a member of the Artsmark Assessment Panel, a Heritage Fund mentor and a primary school governor.

Kate Fellows, Head of Learning and Access at Leeds Museums and Galleries
Kate has worked with object based learning in museums for over 16 years for a range of organisations from the National Trust, to Harewood House and IWM North, and is currently the Head of Learning and Access for Leeds Museums and Galleries. Leeds Museums and Galleries is a family of heritage sites, museums, country house estates and a flagship art gallery. She was also the 2010-11 Learning Fellow on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme

Adam Creen, Head of Post-16 Maths at Salesian School in Surrey
Adam works at Salesian College, Chertsey where mathematics is the largest A Level subject. As well as Further Maths and Resit GCSE, Adam leads the Maths curriculum in T Levels and supports colleagues in other numerate and statistical disciplines. Adam is also a Sixth Form tutor, and involved in school social media, technical support, and primary liaison.


Art Fund’s Teacher Art Pass gives you a chance to recharge your mind and find inspiration. You’ll get free entry to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic houses as well as 50% off major exhibitions. To find out more visit:


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