Telegraph Letter: Arts education for all

April 18, 2018

While we welcome the initiatives announced by Nick Gibb, the minister for school standards, they do not go far enough. Arts education will only be truly accessible if all schools, at all ages, deliver creative subjects. This will not be possible until creative subjects are recognised alongside other core EBacc subjects.

Many schools have stopped offering creative subjects, or no longer give them priority. In 2017, entries for GCSEs in creative subjects fell by 47,000 from the previous year. Current entry rates to creative subjects at Key Stage 4 have fallen to the lowest in a decade. The statistics cited by Mr Gibb also do not include entries for Design and Technology – a vital creative subject that has seen entry rates fall by 42 per cent since 2010.

This will not help to ensure that every child has access to arts education. It is also damaging to our future economy, as the rise of automation will increasingly require the next generation to be equipped with creative and technical skills.

Signed by: 

John Kampfner
Creative Industries Federation

John Sorrell
The Sorrell Foundation

Caroline Rush
British Fashion Council

Tamara Rojo
English National Ballet

Kate Mavor
English Heritage Trust

Martin Prendergast
National Theatre

Ella d’Amato

Imogen Heap
Mycelia for Music

Melanie Eusebe
Black British Business Awards

Sarah Weir
Design Council

Amanda Levete

Jame Coleman

Richard Johnston
Endemol Shine

David Shelley
Hachette UK

Sally Britton
Mishcon de Reya

Nicolas Allott
Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Nigel Carrington
University of the Arts London

Marcus Davey

Philip Dobree
Jellyfish Pictures Ltd

Russ Shaw
Tech London Advocates

Jo Wright

Paul Appleby
Bristol Media

Elizabeth M R Grant
The Foundation for Essex Arts

David Anderson
National Museum Wales

Colette Bailey

Julian Bird
Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre

Andrew Brewerton
Plymouth College of Art

Mel Byrne
Made By Dyslexia

Sue Hayton
Cultural Institute, University of Leeds

Mark Chester
Royal Drawing School

Nick Corston

Geoffrey Crossick
Crafts Council

Andrew Davidson

Sam Hope
Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton

Sarah Dear

Noel Dunne
Creative Alliance

Janet Jones
London South Bank University, School of Arts and Creative Industries

Simon Fox
SF Education

Jacqui Gellman

Shaun Hides
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University

Mark d’Inverno
Goldsmiths, University of London

Chris Gribble
Writers’ Centre Norwich

Adam Milford
Theatre Workout

Andy Payne
AppyNation and British Esports Association

Phil Parker

Morag Shiach
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Amahra Spence
MAIA Creatives

Gavin Henderson
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Wendy McMahon
University of East Anglia

Rachel Wang
Chocolate Films

Robert West
Creative and Cultural Skills

John Last
Norwich University of the Arts and Chair of Ukadia

Joe McCullagh
Department of Design, Manchester School of Art

Liz Moran
School of Arts and Culture, University of Kent

Joanna Read
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Angela Partington
Kingston School of Art, Kingston University

Graeme Thompson
University of Sunderland

Carole-Anne Upton
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, Middlesex University

Kate White
National Centre for Circus Arts

View the letter on the Telegraph website. 

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