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Paul Key is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester and has a background in art education. Having taught in both primary and secondary schools, and with over 17 years’ experience in teacher education in Higher Education, Paul has taken on a range of leadership and management roles.  He has been subject leader for art and design education across a range of ITE programmes, and programme leader for the PGCE Primary course.  His current role includes responsibility, as Route Leader, for the development of the school based School Direct ITE programme.  

Paul is a past chair of the NSEAD Teacher Education Board and was an active member of the Higher Education the Arts and Primary Schools (HEARTS) project, a national initiative to promote primary school arts teaching through ITE. His artistic and professional interests led him to complete an MA in printmaking as part of the Artist Teacher Scheme. These interests have also led to the consideration of artistry and landscapes as possible images for considering the teacher and teaching. He has recently published Teaching Primary Art and Design (with Jayne Stillman Exeter: Learning Matters, 2009).  His current research activity has involved him in working as part of a collaborative project exploring the processes of marking student assignments.

Areas of expertise

Paul's area of research and expertise is in primary art and design education. He is particularly interested in finding ways to support purposeful and imaginative art and design, including artistic and agile teaching approaches. His interest in landscapes, as an artist and teacher, has helped him shape ideas of art and design teacher identities.



  • Key, P. and Stillman, J. (2009), Teaching Primary Art and Design, Exeter: Learning Matters.

Chapter in edited books

  • Key, P. (2013), The Overlooked: Landscapes Artistry and Teaching, IN, McIntosh P. and Warren, D. (Eds.), Creativity in the Classroom: case studies in using the arts in teaching and learning in higher education, London: Intellect.
  • Key, P. (2008), Creative Primary Art and Design, IN, Wilson, A. (Ed.), Creativity in Primary Education: theory and practice (achieving QTS), 2nd Edition, Exeter: Learning Matters. Revised chapter.
  • Key, P. (2005), Creative Primary Art and Design, IN, Wilson, A. (Ed), Creativity in Primary Education: theory and practice (achieving QTS), Exeter: Learning Matters.

Peer reviewed journal article

  • Key, P. (2011), From the Saltmarsh and the Deershelter, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp 398-408.


  • Key, P. (2012), At the Crossroad. Paper presented at Landscapes Artistry and Teaching, Canterbury Christchurch Teacher Education conference.
  • Key, P. (2009), What Initial Teacher Education can learn from the Arts. Paper presented at Faculty of Education Research Conversations Conference.
  • Key, P. (2009), From the Saltmarsh and the Deershelter: speculations about the art and design teacher. Paper presented at the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) annual conference, British Museum.
  • (2007) Co-presented paper at HEARTS and Minds UCET annual conference, Daventry. Key, P. (2004), Artist Teacher, Experience and Thought. Paper presented at Teacher Education Board Conference: Creative Disruption: Implications for Initial Teacher Education, Tate Modern, London.
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