The Prince of Wales has warned the “creative arts” are in danger of being “forgotten and left out” within the school system as he celebrated the achievements of businesses encouraging young people into engineering and sciences. BT.com reports.
Charles highlighted the importance of subjects like music and drama to the nation’s economy but lamented how they were being undervalued by the education sector as he presented the Industrial Cadets Awards 2018.
The prince was supporting the Industrial Cadets initiative which offers accredited programmes aimed at inspiring young people into science, maths, engineering and technology careers, including apprenticeships, with businesses mentoring students.
But speaking during the ceremony staged at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in central London, Charles said: “It is clear to me that the rapid pace of change in the way that our industries operate is bringing a host of new challenges and opportunities, not only in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but also of course in the creative arts.
“A sector that contributes enormously to this nation’s GDP but which is in danger of being forgotten and left out within the school system.”
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The Prince of Wales has highlighted an issue which is of enormous concern to our members.
“The problem is two-fold. Schools are judged on the basis of performance tables which heavily prioritise the English Baccalaureate subjects – English, maths, science, languages, history and geography – and marginalise other important subjects such as the creative arts.”
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