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At the heart of English folk

Folk Educators Group

The Folk Educators Group is the national networking group for folk arts educators from across England and beyond. Established by EFDSS in March 2011, the Group is 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.

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

"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 

Folk Education Development Days

We run three FREE Folk Education Development Days a year. These are dedicated full day events packed with professional development opportunities, information sharing and networking. They take place at different locations around the country to enable as many different people as possible to attend. The Folk Education Development Days are for anyone who is working in or interested in folk arts learning and participation. 

Next Folk Education Development Day

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 10am-5pm (registration, refreshments and networking 10-11am)

Bowes Musuem, County Durham

The theme for the day: Enabling rural youth to make and perform music

Presented in partnership with Blaize Community Arts, join us for our next informal conference sharing and considering issues in folk education. The day will include presentations from Music Mark, Brass Bands England, National Youth Folk Ensemble ,  Northern Heartlands Weardale Project , Blaize Community Arts and Music at the Heart of Teesdale,  with performance from youth folk group Cream Tees.  Practical sessions, discussion and networking will take place across the day too.

Chaired by Mike Bettison of Blaize Community Arts with Folk Educators Group Coordinator Kerry Fletcher. Hosted by Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP 

Find out more

Past events

To see where past Folk Education Development Days have taken place and read reviews of the days please visit our dedicated web page Past Folk Education Development Days .


Join the Folk Educators Group

Membership of the Group and attendance at the Folk Education Development Days is free. As a member you can access the members’ only Facebook site, which allows you to share good practice, advertise job opportunities and get in touch with other members.  

To register, please complete the online registration form

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