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Professional development

"Really clear, informative and inspirational day packed full of ideas and supportive resources. Great attention to detail!"
- Attendee


Professional development is a vital part of equipping current and future educators with the skills and confidence to deliver high quality folk music, dance, drama and other arts in formal education and informal learning contexts.

We offer a range of professional development opportunities – often in partnership with others - for teachers, educators and artists to develop their skills in folk arts education and participation. These include our Folk Educators Group and:

  • INSET sessions in schools
  • Training workshops, events and courses
  • Conferences and seminars

We’ve recently run workshops at conferences around the country and for several Music Education Hubs including Hampshire Music Service and the Tri-borough Music Hub.

"EFDSS led an interactive Ceilidh Band workshop which was then performed with every delegate in a massed finale ceilidh – it was a great way to end the day and highlighted the engaging and accessible approach to the genre."

Stuart Whatmore, Manager, Tri-borough Music Hub



Selected past projects

Inclusive folk: music and dance with disabled young people and adults
Friday 17 June, Cecil Sharp House

Inclusive Folk was 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.

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More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond
Sunday 2 November 2014
Cecil Sharp House, London, NW1 7AY
More Morris, Better Morris was a dynamic day of presentations and practical sessions on the delivery of high-quality morris dance workshops, both in school and out  – presented by EFDSS in partnership with the Joint Morris Organisations.
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Workshops for All Together Now - Surrey Music Hub Conference 2014
Monday 14 July 2014
G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA
Creative folk: learning, playing and arranging traditional tunes by ear – an inclusive, practical workshop (repeated twice) sharing approaches to teaching and arranging traditional folk tunes aurally for young musicians.


The Full English

As part of our national The Full English project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, our largest learning programme to date, we presented From Archives to Action! Making folk arts relevant in schools and beyond, a national showcase conference celebrating the culmination of The Full English learning programme, onWednesday 25 June 2014 at Town Hall Birmingham. This was an inspirational day of performances by young people, presentations and discussion, celebrating high quality folk arts projects in school: the largest-scale event of its kind to have been hosted in recent history in England.

We also delivered a series of eight one-day professional development courses across England from March to July 2014. Using Folk Music, Dance and Drama to Enhance Learning in Schools, for teachers and other educators working in primary, secondary and SEN schools.


Are you involved in the teaching of traditional folk song, music, dance or other folk arts? Why not join the Folk Educators Group, our national peer-to-peer network for all those involved in folk arts education.

Contact us to discuss your professional development needs 
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Resource Bank

Click here to browse our comprehensive Resource Bank with freely downloadable teaching and learning materials


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