The Federation responds to the government’s interim response to the review of Post-18 Education and Funding

January 22, 2021

Responding to the government’s interim response to the review of Post-18 Education and Funding, Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO, Creative Industries Federation, said:

We are deeply concerned by the words of the Education Secretary that the proposed post-18 education reforms will see an increase in “support for strategic subjects such as engineering and medicine while slashing the taxpayer subsidy for such subjects as media studies."

Alongside STEM, creative subjects are not only strategic; they are vital, to the future of our £116 billion sector, and to the future of our country. 

As we look to rebuild post-pandemic, there will never be a greater need for creative skills and innovation; for great ideas that can drive our regeneration and create the jobs of tomorrow, whilst generating economic growth in all parts of the UK.

Whilst we welcome a commitment to additional support for small, specialist arts providers, government must ensure a diversity of creative courses across the country, and at all levels, are well-resourced to make this happen. Creative education is not a ‘nice to have’; it must be accessible to all.

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