'Economic madness' to omit creativity from curriculum

The government’s decision to force 90% of school pupils to study a core curriculum that contains not a single creative subject is akin to “economic madness,” an industry group says.

Mandating the curriculum, known as the EBacc, also won’t achieve prime minister Theresa May’s ambitions on young people, social mobility or commerce, warns the Creative Industries Federation (CIF).

To highlight these concerns, the federation has produced a policy paper arguing that the current focus on the EBacc -- alongside plans for apprenticeships -- is “limiting the life chances of the next generation”.

Federation boss John Kampfner is particularly worried that the UK’s standing as a global creative power is at risk by the UK not producing enough young people with the necessary mix of creative and technical skills.

"We are failing to produce enough young people with the technical and creative skills needed to fill some of the most exciting careers in the fastest growing sector of the economy,” he said. “That is economic madness.”

The designer Sir John Sorrell, who is the federation’s founder, said: “If problems in education are not addressed and we fail to encourage our creative talent, we will lose our position as a world leader. This is a particular challenge now when Brexit will cut ready access to the wider European workforce.”

The CIF said it was speaking up in response to comments that Mrs May made in her speech last week to the Tory party conference in Birmingham.

In particular, the PM said the government would identify sectors of the economy – including the creative industries, that were of “strategic importance to our economy” and promised to “do everything we can to encourage, develop and support them.”


 

11th October 2016

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