This week’s announcement that computer science will be granted EBacc status in the Government’s planned GCSE reforms is a positive step in the right direction, however it does not go far enough.
Whilst the move to include Computer Science in the mooted English Baccalaureate will no doubt help equip future generations of 14 to 16-year olds with some technology skills that higher education institutions and businesses may be looking for, it does not address the fundamental problem of omitting design and the wider arts as a core subject in the proposals. As it stands, a gaping hole remains in the Government’s planned reforms with the continued omission of arts subjects in the.
Therefore, I’m pleased to announce that today Adobe has joined the #IncludeDesign campaign, as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting creativity in education in the UK.
The creative industries constitute one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK and the creative skills needed to be successful should be fully supported & embedded in both primary & secondary education. Our own research tells us that 77% of UK employers and University lecturers place a high value on creativity in school leavers, with 78% of people in the UK in agreement that creativity is key to driving economic growth.
The UK is renowned for its creativity thanks to its successes in fashion, art, design, film and music, so providing all students with access to creative subjects is essential to our future economic success.
A programme of study devoid of any arts or design tuition threatens to stifle creativity, which is why today we are joining some of the creative industry’s best known names and most high-profile agencies in backing #IncludeDesign. You can find out more by checking out this article on Digital Arts.
Liz Wilkins, Senior Education Marketing Manager, Adobe