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To understand the trajectory of the work leading to RAPS, please see our academic publications

Rapid Evidence Review of the benefits of Art Craft and Design education, Undertaken for the APPG in Arts Craft and Design. The report opens in a new window and can be downloaded as a PDF.


THOMSON, PAT and HALL, CHRISTINE Schools and cultural citizenship. Arts education for life. Routledge (TALE project) published February 2023

SNEPVANGERS, KIM, THOMSON, PAT and HARRIS, ANNE, eds., 2019. Creative policy, partnership and practice in education Palgrave McMillan

HALL, CHRISTINE and THOMSON, PAT, 2017. Inspiring school change: Transforming schools through the creative arts Routledge. 

THOMSON, PAT and HALL, CHRISTINE 2017. Place based methods for researching schools Bloomsbury.

THOMSON, PAT, 2010. Whole school change: a literature review 2nd ed.. Creativity, Culture and Education. 

 SEFTON GREEN, JULIAN, THOMSON, PAT, JONES, KEN and BRESLER, LIORA, eds., 2011. The Routledge international handbook of creative learning Routledge. 

THOMSON, P and SEFTON-GREEN, J, eds., 2010. Researching creative learning: Methods and issues Routledge. 

THOMSON, P, ed., 2008. Doing visual research with children and young people  Routledge

Peer reviewed journal articles

THOMSON, PAT and HALL, CHRISTINE, 2022. Cultural capitals matter, differentially: A Bourdieusian reading of perspectives from senior secondary students in England British Journal of Sociology of Education.

HALL, CHRISTINE and THOMSON, PAT, 2021. Making the most of arts education partnerships in schools Curriculum Perspectives.41(1) 106-110

THOMSON, P, HALL, C, EARL, L and GEPPERT, C, 2019. Subject Choice As Everyday Accommodation /Resistance: Why Students In England (Still) Choose The Arts Critical Studies in Education. (TALE project)

THOMSON, P, 2019. Thinking about the school most of the time: studio as generative metaphor for critical reflection Journal of Educational Administration and History. 

THOMSON, P, HALL, C, EARL, L and GEPPERT, C, 2019. The pedagogical logics of arts rich schools: a Bourdieusian analysis British Journal of Sociology of Education. (TALE project)

FRANKS, A and THOMSON, P, 2019. Changing play: writing, researching and learning in an early years arts project Ethnography and Education

HALL, C and THOMSON, P, 2016. Creativity in teaching: what can teachers learn from artists? Research Papers in Education

THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2015. “Everyone can imagine their own Gellert”: the democratic artist and ‘inclusion’ in primary and nursery classrooms Education 3-13. 43(4), 420-432

FRANKS, A, HALL, C, JONES, K and THOMSON, P, 2014. Teachers, arts practice and pedagogy Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education. 21(2), 171-181

JONES, S., HALL, C., THOMSON, P., BARRETT, A. and HANBY, J., 2013. Re-presenting the “forgotten estate”: participatory theatre, place and community identity Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 34(1), 118-131

THOMSON, P, 2012. Understanding evaluating and assessing what students learn from leadership activities: Student research in Woodlea Primary Management in Education. 26(3), 96-103

THOMSON, P, HALL, C and JONES, K, 2012. Creativity and cross-curriculum strategies in England: Tales of doing, forgetting and not knowing International Journal of Educational Research. 55, 6-15

THOMSON, P., 2011. Creative leadership: a new category or more of the same? Journal of Educational Administration and History. 43(3), 249-272

THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2011. Sense -making as a lens on everyday change leadership practice: The case of Holly Tree Primary school International Journal of Leadership in Education. 1-19

HALL, C. and THOMSON, P., 2010. Grounded literacies: the power of listening to, telling and performing community stories Literacy. 44(2), 69-75

THOMSON, P., HALL, C. and JONES, K., 2010. Maggie’s day: a small-scale analysis of English education policy Journal of Education Policy. 25(5), 639-656

THOMSON, P and SANDERS, E, 2010. Creativity and whole school change: an investigation of English headteachers’ practices Journal of Educational Change. 11(1), 63-83

THOMSON, P, MCGREGOR, J, SANDERS, E and ALEXIADOU, N, 2009. Changing schools: more than a lick of paint and a well-orchestrated performance? Improving Schools. 12(1), 43-57

THOMSON, P. and HALL, C., 2008. Opportunities missed and/or thwarted?: ‘Funds of knowledge’ meet the English national curriculum Curriculum Journal. 19(2), 87-103

HALL, C.J. and THOMSON, P.L., 2007. Creative partnerships?: cultural policy and inclusive arts practice in one primary school British Educational Research Journal. 33(3), 315-329

HALL, C., THOMSON, P. and RUSSELL, L., 2007. Teaching like an artist: the pedagogic identities and practices of artists in schools British Journal of Sociology of Education. 28(5), 605-619

THOMSON, P and HALL, C AND RUSSELL, L, 2007. If these walls could speak: reading displays of primary children’s work Ethnography and Education. 2(3), 381-400

THOMSON, P.L., HALL, C. and RUSSELL, L., 2006. An arts project failed, censored or…? A critical incident approach to artist-school partnerships Changing English. 13(1), 29-44

HALL, C.J. and THOMSON, P., 2005. Creative tensions? Creativity and basic skills in recent educational policy English in Education. 39(3), 5-18


THOMSON, PAT, 2021. Five fleeting snapshots. In: CURTIS, SAM, ed., Which way now?: Making meanings through child-led walks and photography Serpentine Galleries. (In Press.)

THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2021. Beyond civics: Art and Design education and the making of active/activist citizens. In: BURGESS, L and ADDISON, N, eds., Debates in Art & Design Education Routledge

THOMSON, P and PRINGLE, E, 2020. Dancing past categories: researching a live art project with participants. In: NIELSEN, C S and BURRIDGE, S, eds., Dancing Across Borders: Perspectives on Dance Education, Young people and Change Palgrave Macmillan. 

THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2019. Countering dull pedagogies: the power of teachers and artists working together. In: TETT, L and HAMILTON, M, eds., Resisting the neo-liberal discourse in education: Local, national and transnational perspectives Routledge. 

THOMSON, P, THORPE, A and DONAGH, H, 2019. Arts for multicultural diversity: A case study from England. In: FERRO, L and WAGNER, E, eds., European Network of Arts Observatories Yearbook 2018 Springer. 

THOMSON, P, HALL, C, EARL, L and GEPPERT, C, 2019. Towards an arts education for cultural citizenship. In: RIDDLE, S and APPLE, M, eds., Reimagining education for democracy Routledge. 

THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2019. Countering dull pedagogies: the power of teachers and artists working together. In: TETT, L and HAMILTON, M, eds., Resisting the neo-liberal discourse in education: Local, national and transnational perspectives Routledge

THOMSON, P, COLES, R and HALLEWELL, M, 2018. What did Creative Partnerships achieve? A review of the CP research archive. In: , SNEPVANGERS, K, THOMSON, P, and HARRIS, A eds., Creative policy, partnership and practice in education Palgrave Macmillan.

THOMSON, P, 2017. Nine notes on a pedagogy of not knowing. In: TURVEY, L, WALTON, A and DALY, E, eds., In site of conversation: On learning with art, audiences and artists Tate. 25-34

THOMSON, P, HALL, C and TOWNSEND, A, 2016. Using film to show and tell: studying/changing pedagogical practicesIn: MOSS, J and PINI, M, eds., Visual Research Methods in Educational Research: a critical review of the practice and politics of contemporary methods. Palgrave McMillan. 

THOMSON, P, 2016. Artist ‘voice’ in inter-cultural contexts and practices. In: BURNARD, P, MACKINLEY, L and POWELL, K, eds., The Routledge International Handbook of Inter-Cultural Arts Research Routledge. 

THOMSON, P, 2014. The photograph as ‘witness’. In: BURKE, C and JONES, K, eds., Education, childhood, anarchism: Talking Colin Ward Routledge. 157-169

THOMSON, P, BARRETT, A, HALL, C, HANBY, J and JONES, S, 2014. Arts in the community as a place-making event. In: FLEMING, M, BRESLER, L and O’TOOLE, J, eds., The Routledge international handbook of arts and education Routledge. 

THOMSON, P and HALL, C, 2014. The signature pedagogies of creative practitioners. In: WESTPHAL, K, STADLER-ALTMANN, U, SCHITTLER, S and LOHFIELD, W, eds., Raume Kultureller Bildung Beltz Juventa. 76-91

THOMSON, P and CLIFTON, J, 2013. Connecting with parents and their community in an urban primary school: Creative Partnerships to build literacy/ies. In: HALL, K, CREMIN, T, COMBER, B and MOLL, L, eds., International handbook of research on children’s literacy, learning and culture Wiley-Blackwell. 54-66

THOMSON P and ROSE, L, 2011. Creative learning in an inner-city primary school: England. In: WRIGLEY, T, THOMSON, P and LINGARD, T, eds., Changing schools: Alternative ways to make a world of difference Routledge. 128-139

THOMSON, P, 2011. Miners. diggers, ferals and showmen: creative school-community projects. In: SEFTON-GREEN, J, THOMSON, P, JONES, K and BRESLER, L, eds., The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning Routledge. 295-304

HALL, C, JONES, K , THOMSON, P, 2010. Snapshots, illustrations and portraits: re-presenting research findings.. In: THOMSON, P and SEFTON-GREEN, J, ed., Researching Creative Learning: Methods and issues Routledge. 126-142

THOMSON, P, 2008. Children and young people: voices in visual research. In: THOMSON, P, ed., Doing visual research with children and young people Routledge. 1-19

THOMSON, P. and HALL, C. J., 2008. Dialogues with artists; learning about childen’s self portraits. In: THOMSON, P, ed., Doing visual research with children and young people Routledge.