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Sir Peter Bazalgette’s independent review of the creative industries is launched

Sir Peter Bazalgette’s independent review of the creative industries, commissioned in March by the Business and Culture Secretaries as part of government's industrial strategy, has been published and includes three recommendations to address the skills and talent pipeline.

The review also outlines the challenges that urgently need to be addressed, if the UK is to retain it's world-class reputation in the Creative Industries.

Recommendations to grow the 'Talent Pipeline' are:

Industry should develop a new careers ‘attraction strategy’ including a communications campaign, supporting online advice and information centre, and curriculum materials to broaden and deepen the talent pipeline that starts at school.

Higher and Further Education providers should work with industry and the Saturday Club Trust to expand the network of Saturday Clubs – inspiring creativity in 13-16 year olds – from its current level of approximately 50 to 250 within five years.

Government should approve a national 3-year pilot of modifications to the Apprenticeship Levy as proposed by the Creative Industries Council.

A new report examining entries to arts subjects concludes performance measures have impacted on the reduction in pupils taking arts GCSEs

A new report, Entries to arts subjects at key stage 4 published by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), has drawn on data covering arts subject entries at key stage 4 (KS4), between 2007 and 2016, and concludes that the Ebacc and Progress 8 performance measures are factors impacting on pupils taking arts GCSEs.
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House of Lords debate, 'English Baccalaureate: Creative and Technical Subjects'

On Thursday 14 September 2017 a House of Lords debate took place. The debate was moved by Baroner Stedman-Scott (Con) and read:
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A crisis in the creative arts in the UK? Professor John Last, Vice Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts

Professor John Last, Vice Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has summarised a recent review, commissioned by Norwich University of the Arts, which reports on the impact of recent policies on arts and design subjects in one locality.
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GCSE art and design candidate numbers have fallen to the lowest level recorded in recent years

Today thousands of young people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their GCSE results. The Society wishes to thank the teachers and educators, and families of those young people who have taught and supported them along this journey. The engagement with art, craft and design at this level will be unique and valuable, all these young people will have benefitted greatly from your commitment and expertise.
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