GuildHE welcomes the HEPI and Norwich University of the Arts report “A crisis in the creative arts in the UK?”

GuildHE strongly supports  the call for education in the arts and creativity to be put on the same footing as science, engineering and technology in our schools.

GuildHE CEO, Gordon McKenzie said:

“According to the Government’s own figures  the Media and Creative Industries are worth almost £10 million every hour to the UK economy, yet this report shows the Government’s wider education reforms are jeopardising that success.

“Of course science and mathematics are important, but the government’s narrow focus on particular subjects in our schools risks long term damage to the creative arts by cutting off the flow of young creative talent .

“The UK’s creative arts universities and colleges  themselves contribute at least £8.4bn to the UK economy and excelled in the government’s recent Teaching Excellence Framework. But none of this success happens by accident.

“We must be a nation that nurture’s and invests in creative talent at every stage of education, otherwise a national success story is likely to have a very unhappy ending.”