Use the CEDs

The Children’s Exploratory Drawings are designed to be clearly recognisable as school scenes but without an obvious narrative, and free from features which might imply gender, ethnicity, or other individual characteristics. Each scene allows multiple interpretations, so that the young person can project a narrative, and give characters thoughts, motives, and feelings. This can help us explore their internal representations and core constructs around school.

Alongside the images, we have a guidance document that details the CEDs theoretical and research underpinnings and a step-by-step guide to assessment, including a range of questions that can support explorative conversations.


Click here to download the CEDs user guidance

Click here to download the CEDs complete image set

Click here to download the CEDs images

Click here to download the Themed CEDs Arrays images


The Children’s Exploratory Drawings, by Cleo Timney and Abigail Cohman, is a resource for free use, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license.