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
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.
We are holding our next practitioner development meeting on Sunday 5 March at Sage Gateshead in partnership with Folkworks. The day-long meeting (10am - 5pm) will be hosted by Amy Leach, Folkworks Producer. The theme for the day is Pass it On, the Tradition in Your Hands, and ties in with their Festival on 3 and 4 March.
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.
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.