I would like to see teachers getting better access to professional development. I want schools to build on pupils’ experiences and creative development in their early years more effectively in primary … school.

Jean Humphreys, Ofsted Director of Education
Jean Humphreys, Ofsted Director of EducationPress Release: Making a Mark(Ofsted 2012, ref. NR2012-15).
Primary schools’ art, craft & design teaching:
In a small minority of lessons, non-specialist teachers were effective in promoting good progress because their subject knowledge and skills were enhanced by a visiting artist, craftmaker or designer [creating a lasting impact to successful long term teaching].
OfstedMaking a mark: art,craft and design education 2008-11. Ref.110135, March 2012

One of the best INSET days we’ve had. Encouraging, useful and hands on with lots of practical ideas. Thank you.

Natalie Williams
Natalie WilliamsTeacher, Christchurch CE Primary School
We had Ofsted in last week—they were really impressed with the art work and how the school looked, so thanks very much for helping us on our way—it really is a different place since you have worked with our staff and kids.
Andy Moor
Andy MoorHead teacher, St. Bernard’s RC Primary School, judged OUTSTANDING in all areas at that inspection.

[Julie] provided inspiring professional development for the teachers working alongside her.

Mark Mullin
Mark MullinHeadteacher, Boughton Heath Primary School

Staff were ‘ready to burst with ideas’ following the visit from the artist [Julie Mitchell].

Review of Halton Schools Outdoor Learning Project arranged by University of Chester.
Review of Halton Schools Outdoor Learning Project arranged by University of Chester.

Fantastic practical ideas and progression. A great example of teacher as performance, I bet your class love you!

Postgraduate student at University of Chester
Postgraduate student at University of Chester

…this was also fantastic professional development for my staff and showed them how much can be achieved by children in such a short period of time.

Steve Docking
Steve DockingHeadteacher, Delamere CE Primary School

Teaching of drawing in art, craft and design was found to be inadequate or just satisfactory in more than 50% of Primary schools inspected.

OfstedMaking a mark: art,craft and design education 2008-11. Ref.110135, March 2012

What’s on offer for Primary and Special Schools, Youth and Community Groups?

Art and Design:

  • Drawing and Painting (using lots of different mediums)
  • Printmaking
  • Textile Art
  • Collage & Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Art
  • Sketch Books

“Staff were ‘ready to burst with ideas’ following the visit from the artist [Julie Mitchell].” Review of Halton Schools Outdoor Learning Project arranged by University of Chester. 


Design Technology

  • Construction
  • Mechanisms
  • Textile Design
  • Electronics
  • Computer Programming

“I found today really useful. I feel that I have learnt the process of start to end of a D&T project. I feel that I could plan a six-week block of work with confidence and feel that my understanding has been enhanced through physically doing the projects. I found the chat at the end about the process really gave me clarity on what I’ve learnt.  Many thanks!” Annie Williams, ITT Student.

Enabling Environments/Display For Education

“Working with Julie has been a tremendously beneficial experience for both the children and teaching team in our Reception class. Thanks to her creative and innovative approaches and skills, there have been numerous and vast improvements in the clarity and flow of our educating environments and provision.” Robbie Fortune, EYFS Teacher, St Bernard’s National Teaching School, Ellesmere Port.

Creativity Across The Curriculum

“I have loved working with you during this project! You have inspired me and encouraged me to think outside the box. You have challenged my own beliefs about the role of a teacher in a classroom and convinced me of the importance of creativity in all that I do!” Hollie Davis, Woodlands Primary School, about Julie in her role as Specialist Leader in Cultural Education for the Arts Council’s Northwest bridge organisation ‘Curious Minds’.

“I have learnt so much from working with Julie … I feel that she has brought out my own creativity and inspired me to think outside the box and push the limits of my teaching.” Hayley Prydderch, Class Teacher, Winsford Primary School.

“I feel empowered!” After a curriculum planning session: Nic Purslow, Class Teacher, St Bernard’s RC Primary School.

How is this delivered?


CPD Through Children’s Workshops In School

Key Skills Master Classes: Julie can come into your school or community and work with small groups of children or young people throughout the whole age range to boost key skills, with teachers dropping in throughout the activity to pick up tips and ideas. The time can culminate in a bespoke policy worked out with your art and design co-ordinator, and a display showing progression throughout the school years.

CPD INSET/Twilights/Staff Meetings

Julie offers whole day or half day INSETs, twilight sessions/staff meetings and if her regular courses do not fit your needs, she can create bespoke sessions for you.

Subject Co-Ordinators Mentoring

Julie offers an in-school boost looking at ethos, planning, resourcing, making and evaluation through cross-curricular themes taking account of progression through the years.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teacher Training

Julie can provide training courses in Art and Design or Design Technology; looking at ethos, planning, resourcing, designing, making, and evaluation through cross-curricular themes and progression through the primary years. Each subject area requires two days’ training.

Julie also offers a one-day course in: Enabling Environments/Display For Education (morning) and Creativity Across the Curriculum (afternoon).


Please contact Julie to discuss your particular requirements and for pricing.