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Will Boris Johnson support creative arts education?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Now is the time to support the creative arts, but is the political will there to do it?

    One college head of visual arts urges Boris Johnson, in an open letter, to get behind the creative subjects by giving them a higher profile and to invest in arts education:

    ‘We are helping to create the workers and contributors for the creative industries of the future. So why then do we still need to keep fighting for our place on the curriculum? Why do we still need to prove its value and work hard to change the focus of so many in power?

    …It is the responsibility of those in public positions to speak positively and supportively with this information, to make it known that creative education has a place and a place that will be supported and championed.

    At the centre of building respect for creative education has to be an army of exceptional art teachers. While many art teachers are just that, a support system, free of charge, to aid art teachers would be of tremendous benefit. There is increasingly little relevant training, and budgets for training days are growing smaller each year. Additionally, a mentor system could be put in place built on industry models, such as that used by the British Fashion Council. I have no doubt much could be learned from it and transposed to an education setting.’


    What are your views? With Brexit dominating the political agenda and a big shorftall in school funding do you think there is a desire to promote arts education? What do you think needs to be done to raise the profile of creative subjects in schools and stop the decline in arts education?
  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    He's not likely to be providing real support for anything education related. By the time he's steamrollered Brexit through he won't be in charge any longer .
  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    “An army of exceptional arts teachers” I wonder what that would look like?

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