Katie Leonard


Institute of Education

Since completing my Art degree, I have worked in education, first as an art teacher and now as an Art and Design PGCE Course leader in the Institute of Education. I am a passionate advocate for the development of arts and culture.

Determined to improve the quality and access to the arts for all young people.

A champion for students, teachers and mentors alike, my leadership and commitment to arts and cultural education is of paramount importance to me.

Outside of education I engage in arts practice, pottery making and volunteering with local arts organisations through community led programmes

Professional memberships and activities

NSEAD National Society of Education Art and Design- Council Member
Stoke CEP-Stoke Cultural Education Partnership-Strategic Lead for CPD
STARTS-Staffordshire Teachers ARTS Network Lead
Local Authority Primary Governor, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire

Learning and Engagement Steering Panel for Artuk.org

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

MA Education

PGCE Secondary Art and Design

Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons), 3D design (Metal and Jewellery)

Research interests

Gender participation gap in Art and Design  

Collaborative working with Subject Mentors within ITE Ceramics in Education


PGCE Secondary Art and Design
PGCE Primary- Art and Design

Aspiring leaders Primary Art and Design Module


Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020