Arts/Design and Technology in Schools

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the recent lower take up of Art and Design & Technology in the curriculum in recent years, what steps could you take, possibly through the London Curriculum programme or other initiatives to provide young Londoners with the skills and tools they need to succeed in careers in the creative industries?


Arts/Design and Technology in Schools

Arts/Design and Technology in Schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Government’s failure to ensure that the arts are at the heart of every child’s education risks damaging the talent pipeline for London’s creative industries, which provide 1 in 6 jobs in the capital.

My London Curriculum provides resources covering music, art and design, dance and STEM. My New World of Work Trails introduce young children to a wide range of creative job opportunities We want all schools to use the resources and we’re working closely with cultural partners to achieve this.

My £71m European Social Fund 2019-23 programme will support disadvantaged young Londoners to gain the skills needed to progress into creative careers including through my Creative Enterprise Zone programme delivered in six boroughs. It will also support schools and colleges to provide high-quality careers guidance.

I will also equip young Londoners with creative skills through actions in my Careers for Londoners plan, my Digital Talent Programme, London Enterprise Adviser Network and new apprenticeship pilots. I am patron of the London Music Fund, which in the past 5 years has supported almost 9,000 aspiring young musicians