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At the heart of English folk

Folk Educators Group

The Folk Educators Group is a national networking group of folk arts educators from across England and beyond, facilitated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Established in March 2011 the Group has become a rapidly growing network committed to promoting high quality folk arts education and supporting the practitioners who deliver it.

It exists to provide peer information and support, and to encourage dialogue with the wider worlds of culture, learning and participation. The Folk Educators Group also offers other organisations a platform through which to consult, or inform, a committed group of folk arts educators.

"I'm very impressed by the strength and breadth of knowledge shown by the many passionate, talented and dedicated folk music practitioners. It feels like, while there may be challenges ahead for traditional education, there are many great educators ready to take things on board!"

Pete Taylor, Singing Project Coordinator, Sheffield Music Hub 

When and where does it meet?

The Group meets approximately 3 times a year, for a dedicated full day’s event packed with professional development opportunities, information sharing and networking. These take place at different locations around the country to enable as many different people as possible to attend. One of the meetings every year takes the form of a folk arts education conference.


Next One-Day Practitioner Meeting

Monday 21 November 2016

10am: Tea / coffee and networking
11am – 5pm: Meeting

In partnership with DanceXchange
Birmingham Hippodrome
Thorp Street
B5 4TB

Co-chaired by Jan Reynolds (Folk 3D) and Pam Bishop (The Traditional Arts Team)


Most recent conference

Inclusive Folk: music and dance for disabled young people and adults
Friday 17 June 2016, 10am - 5pm at Cecil Sharp House, London, NW1 7AY

A one-day conference for both new and seasoned practitioners which uncovered the rich seam of folk arts and their exciting possibilities as inclusive art forms – in schools, informal learning and community settings.

Find out more

"It was a fantastic day, really well programmed and genuinely positive"
Zoe Carassik-Lord, Programme Co-ordinator, Sound Connections

Read Zoe's review of the day here


Who is it for?

The Folk Educators Group is for all practitioners involved in folk arts education in any context including those working in schools, with youth groups, in adult learning or community settings.

This includes those who are freelance or employed, and at different stages in their career – from newcomers starting out, to those with years of experience.

Although aimed at folk arts educators in England, practitioners from across the UK and beyond are welcome to join.


How do I join?

Membership of the Group and attendance at its meetings is free. As a member you can access the members’ only website, which allows you to share good practice, advertise job opportunities and get in touch with other members.

To register, download a registration form and return it This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A PDF copy is available in the Downloads section below.


For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Folk Educators Group Registration form (word doc)
Folk Educators Group Registration form (pdf)


Resource Bank

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