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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 3 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. 


Callers Development Day

Saturday 9 February 2019, 10am-5pm (Registration, refreshments and networking 10–11am)

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY 

This development day, presented by EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group and Dance Development programme, is for experienced and aspiring callers who wish to expand and share their knowledge and skills in calling for social folk dance in varied contexts and settings.

£10 (including tea & coffee) 

This event is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 020 7241 8943.



Registration, refreshments and networking


Welcome: Laura Connolly (EFDSS Dance Development Manager) and

Kerry Fletcher (EFDSS Folk Educators Group Coordinator)


What makes a good caller?

Gareth Kiddier (Folk Dance Coordinator, The Sidmouth Folk Festival)


Safe Dance workshop: Principles of safe dance applied to social folk dance

Edel Quin MSc, FHEA (Programme Leader for Dance Science, University of Chichester)


Lunch break (lunch is not provided - please order on arrival or bring your own)


Key Note: Inclusivity in dance

Patrick McGeough (Chief Executive Officer, Para Dance UK)


Breakout sessions

A)  Gender Free Calling: workshop and surgery led by callers Jake WoodBob Morgan and Jen Morgan, with musician Paul Hutchinson

B)  Effective calling in varied settings: a panel discussion facilitated by Gareth Kiddier with speakers: Rhodri Davies (dance clubs and festivals), Dan Longley (health and fitness), Sheena Masson (family and festivals), Ben Moss (youth) and Heather Mcaslan (weddings and functions)




Developing a Code of Practice and identifying callers’ development needs: a group discussion facilitated by Rachel Elliott (EFDSS Education Director) and Kerry Fletcher


Round up and goodbye

More details


Most recent:

Tuesday 20 November 2018
The Museum of English Rural Life

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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 website, 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

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

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