Don't Break our Arts
In November this year, Michael Gove published the Government’s white paper on education, entitled The Importance of Teaching. "We will slim down [the] curriculum...by stripping out unnecessary clutter and simply specifying the core knowledge in strategic subjects which every child should know at each key stage." The white paper fails to recognise the significance of the contribution the Arts makes to the education of young people, relegating these subjects to the role of ‘unnecessary clutter’. With the focus on English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities, where do the truly ‘creative and inspiring’ Arts subjects fit into this slimmed down curriculum? We, the undersigned, demand that Mr Gove make clear the Government's position on the future of the Arts and of Arts Education in our schools.