Shan Samuel-Thomas

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Ms Shan Samuel-Thomas BA (Hons), MA Ed, PGCE, Estyn Trained Inspector

Senior Lecturer

Tel: 01792 482061

  • Lead in the Arts
  • Curriculum Leader – Secondary PGCE Art & Design

My professional work revolves around my experience of leading a PGCE Secondary Art and Design programme, working in and with schools throughout Wales in the context of a teacher and Head of Department; GCSE Art and Design moderator, Principal Examiner and Co-Chief Examiner; teacher trainer; CPD provider, Art and Design Inspector and Artes Mundi teacher trainer. 

  • Member of the National Society for Education in Art & Design
  • the Mission Gallery
  • Swansea Art and Design Teachers’ Network
  • Swansea Arts in Education Society and the Saatchi Gallery Teachers’ Network
  • S-PGCE Art & Design – Modules 1-5.
  • S-PGCE Art & Design school visits to observe and assess trainees teaching.
  • Lead – Module 03.
  • Lead – secondary, Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig.
  • S-PGCE lead lecture on Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig.
  • Faculty Rep – Health & Safety.
  • Chair- S-PGCE Student Forum.
  • Internal Assessor – Graduate Diploma.
  • MA supervisor.

A doctoral research project exploring the attitudes and perceptions of teachers of Art & Design in Key Stage 3 towards Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig and the opportunities provided by the study of contemporary artists in Wales to fulfil this curriculum requirement. 

  • S-PGCE teacher education and training in Art & Design.
  • The teaching of Art & Design in KS3, KS4 and the Sixth Form.
  • Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig in Art & Design.
  • The use of cutting edge contemporary art in the secondary school Art & Design curriculum.
  • Assessment in Art & Design – KS3, KS4 and the Sixth Form.
  • WJEC CPD provider for serving art & design teachers providing GCSE Art & Design training.
  • Contributor to the new WJEC GCSE Art & Design specification through the development of resources based on Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig and sample assessment materials.
  • Appointed as External Examiner for the S-PGCE in Art & Design at Bath Spa University in 2015.
  • Contributor to ‘Lightbox’, WJEC online GCSE resource materials.  Filmed by the WJEC  analysing a GCSE candidate’s Photography and Lens Based Media work. This film is now available on the WJEC website and serves as guidance for learners, teachers, parents/guardians.
  • Co- writer of WJEC GCSE Art and Design examination paper for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. This role is ongoing.
  • Principal Examiner and a Team Leader for GCSE Art & Design at the WJEC which involves planning and delivering training on an annual basis for 60 GCSE moderators and cross-moderating their assessment of candidates’ work by sampling their input as visiting moderators in schools across Wales and parts of England.
  • Filmed by Cardiff Metropolitan University providing feedback in Welsh to a PGCE Secondary Art & Design student following a lesson observation at Amman Valley School. This became available as a DVD to exemplify good practice in January 2013.
  • Filmed by the WJEC providing effective and ineffective ways of delivering feedback to schools following a GCSE moderation exercise. This was supported by written guidance which is included in moderators’ annual documentation and the film is currently used in training sessions.
  • As a result of my research for a PhD, I was approached by the Artes Mundi Contemporary Art Organisation to deliver training days for serving teachers on how to use cutting edge contemporary art in the secondary school classroom. I have done this on an annual basis for the last 8 years.
  • I was an External Examiner for the PGCE Secondary Art & Design programme at UWE and Brighton until August 2013. Until 2012 I was the external for the MA and Higher Diploma (equivalent to PGCE) Art & Design programmes at Cork and undergraduate BA Art & Design with QTS at Brighton. I was the External Examiner at Plymouth University until 2010.
  • Up until 2010 I did a large number of Art & Design inspections for Estyn in secondary schools across Wales. Details can be supplied on request.
  • Pre-inspection reviews of several Art Departments in South Wales up to 2012.
  • GCSE INSET for Art & Design staff at Sandfields Comprehensive School, Port Talbot – July 2013.

Currently working on a publication concerning how schools might work with Art & Design pupils in galleries in Barcelona, discover purposeful links with Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig along with strategies to build on those experiences to generate imaginative art work on their return to school.

  • UCET Arts Forum.
  • GTCW grant achieved to develop an Art & Design KS3 assessment model to be used across partnership schools and by all Art & Design trainee teachers.
  • Organiser of twenty conferences based on contemporary issues for serving teachers under the title of ‘The Horizon Programme’.
  • Organiser and presenter of numerous Art & Design CPD events for serving teachers at UWTSD-SM and Pembrokeshire Local Authority. These include: ‘Contemporary Approaches to learning and Teaching in Art & Design’, ‘Chronic Clebran’ – developing literacy through Art & Design’, ‘Skill Up and Rejuvenate your Teaching’ (focus on rug-making and printmaking techniques), ESDGC in Art & Design, etc. At present, I am planning a course on numeracy in Art & Design and textile techniques.
  • Keynote speaker at Artes Mundi training days for serving teachers and Heads of Art.