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‘How to’ kit launched to help activists lobby for arts education in schools

A toolkit to help activists lobby for the arts in their local schools has been created by campaigning organisations.

The Cultural Learning Alliance, which champions every child’s right to the arts, campaign group Bacc for the Future and arts movement What Next? are behind the resource, which aims to take action against the decline of creative subjects in schools.

The pack includes information and advice on how to make the case for arts in schools, including writing letters to local MPs and councillors. It is aimed at anyone who wishes to advocate for the arts in education.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign, said: “Over the past year, the uptake of creative subjects at GCSE has fallen by more than 10%. More than ever we need a comprehensive education policy – which includes creative subjects – to give our students what they need in a post-Brexit, digital world, and protect the future prosperity of the UK’s creative industries.”

Samantha Cairns, co-director of the Cultural Learning Alliance said research showed that children with an arts deficit are “disadvantaged educationally and economically” with their peers doing better at school and in other areas of their lives.

“This toolkit gives arts activists the key facts to make the case for arts in their local schools,” she said.

The toolkit can be downloaded here. [1]