Recommendations from the Parliamentary Committe for

This is from the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report called
‘Supporting the creative economy’ . It recommends that creative subjects are included in the ebac – good for them.

Education, skills and training
31. The broader arts curriculum has been seriously hit by the Government’s approach to performance measurement which we deeply regret. The danger remains that schools will in practice see a continued diminution in the provision of dance, drama and other creative subjects. We therefore recommend that arts are added to the five subject areas currently on which the EBacc assessment is based. (Paragraph 114)
32. We welcome a greater focus on computing in schools, not least because, in the digital age, a practical ability to program computers amounts to basic literacy. It is vital that enough teachers are trained to impart to their students a solid grounding in IT and programming skills. (Paragraph 115)
33. Our inquiry has found clear evidence that the Government’s focus on subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is already having a pronounced impact on the arts and other creative subjects. We believe that the crucial role of arts subjects in a modern education should be recognised and that art subjects should be added to the STEM subjects, changing STEM to STEAM. (Paragraph 117)
34. As it continues to introduce further changes to the national curriculum, the Government must ensure that students up to key stage 3 receive a solid grounding in the arts and design. We believe that students aged 14-16 (key stage 4) must be able to access the widest possible programme of creative subjects to prepare them to play a full part in the knowledge economy. (Paragraph 118)
35. We recommend that school children be introduced to the ideas of intellectual property and the nature of business to gain a better understanding of the importance of creativity both to the learning process and to wider society and the economy. (Paragraph 121)
36. When it comes to strengthening and nurturing apprenticeships, the Government needs to do much more than exhort and encourage industry to participate. Government has to communicate clearly and widely about the opportunities that exist, giving examples of good practice. The case for tax reliefs for companies— particularly in the creative sector—should be examined more closely. (Paragraph 124)
37. Overseas students make a vital contribution to the growth of the UK’s creative economy and there are signs that visa and employment restrictions sometimes fail in practice to recognise this. We urge the Government to take more account of the special situation of the creative individuals, many of them uniquely talented, who wish to study and work in the United Kingdom. (Paragraph 126)

About Dan

Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
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