Patrice Baldwin, Chair of National Drama, received the following (and abridged) message from Larry O’Farrell, Chair, Steering Committee of the International Network for Research in Arts Education (INRAE):
In July of this year, the Executive Board of UNESCO adopted priority rankings for its five major programmes along with a recommendation that the lowest priorities be considered for elimination.
Within these rankings, the cultural programme was accorded a proportionately low number of A and B level ratings and the creativity program (within which arts education is accommodated) was effectively ranked 48 out of 48 priorities overall. This means that it is at risk of elimination.
If these rankings remain unchanged when the General Conference meets in November, the result could be that no staff member within UNESCO would be permitted to spend time on the creativity file, including arts education.
However: It is not too late to modify the priority rankings.
The final rankings will be voted on by the committees and we can contact the National Commissions of UNESCO in our own countries to express our concern about the future of creativity as a priority within UNESCO programming.
To contact the UK commission, you can use the contact details below:
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The Seoul Agenda can be found on the UNESCO website via the following link. http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CLT/CLT/pdf/Seoul_Agenda_EN.pdf
The Road Map for Arts Education can be found via this link. http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CLT/CLT/pdf/Arts_Edu_RoadMap_en.pdf
A list of National Commissions, including the names and contact information of current Presidents/Chairs and Secretary-Generals can be found at the following site. http://www.unesco.org/nac/index.php?lc=E&module=national_commissions&showall=1
Leading arts subjects associations for art, dance, drama and music, have created an alliance to ensure that educational expertise in arts subjects is coordinated and maintained through their extensive networks of subject experts.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA), National Drama (ND), UK Association for Music Education: Music Mark and Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have all agreed to work together as the UK Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the voice of arts teachers are heard in discussions around education and arts teaching.
Sharing UNESCO’s goals for Arts Education all the expert subject associations will aim to ensure that all children and young people receive regular, high quality art, dance, drama and music teaching in school hours, as a basic curriculum entitlement until at least age 14. The UKAAE will also argue that all children and young people should also be entitled to study arts subjects at Key Stage 4, should have access to a range of high quality arts activities, experiences and opportunities out of school hours and be supported in their development as young artists in the art form of their choice.
Patrice Baldwin, Chair of National Drama (ND) said:
‘National Drama is actively committed to helping develop and promote the UK Alliance for Arts Education. A collective UK voice for arts education specialists is vital to protect and promote a balanced arts education in and beyond all schools.
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) said:
‘We are delighted to be part of the UK Alliance for Arts Education and look forward to working closely with our colleagues from other subject associations to ensure that our combined expertise is not only listened to, but also upheld.’
Lesley Butterworth, General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) said:
‘The Society is committed to the active success of the UK Alliance for Arts Education. Children and young people need access to consistent and high quality arts provision, and working together with a collective voice and mission will ensure those opportunities are continued.’
Virginia Haworth-Galt, Chief Executive, Music Mark said:
‘Music Mark is committed to working with the other founding partners to fully develop and promote the UK Alliance for Arts Education. This is an important alliance and will provide a valuable and insightful voice for all those striving to achieve the best arts education opportunities for all our children within and beyond the curriculum.’
Sue Trotman, Joint Chair of the National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) said:
‘The National Dance Teachers Association is committed to supporting and promoting the UK Alliance for Arts Education. Children and Young people have an entitlement to a balanced arts education. A collective UK voice for arts education specialists is vital!’
Notes to editor
National Drama is the leading professional association for Drama in education. Its members are drawn from across the drama, theatre and education sector and include specialist drama teachers from all types of school and educational setting, drama and theatre educators, lecturers, researchers, consultants, advisers and professional actors working in education. We advocate for high quality drama teaching to be available to all pupils as a curriculum entitlement and for high quality drama CPD to be available to all teachers.
The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the professional body and leading subject association for all those working in music education. It directly represents 6,500 individual music professors, teachers, academics, lecturers, classroom teachers, private music teachers, peripatetic music teachers, composers, performers and music therapists. It is wholly independent of Government and offer authoritative information on education issues in the music sector. It founded the Bacc for the Future campaign and works across the education sector and with the Music Education Council (the umbrella body for music education organisations in the UK) to ensure that music educators are heard by key decision makers.
The National Society for Education in Art and Design is the lead professional body concerned with art, craft and design education throughout all phases across the UK. We promote and defend the interests of art, craft and design education. Our authority is based on more than one hundred years' experience and concern for the subject. We have long-established contacts within government and its various agencies, with local education authority departments and other educational and cultural organisations in the United Kingdom.
The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark is the leading subject association for music and is a new charitable, independent organisation (built on the foundations of the Federation of Music Services and the National Association of Music Educators) representing and supporting Music Services, Music Hubs and over 12,000 instrumental and classroom music teachers, music tutors, assistants plus consultants, advisers, inspectors and lecturers in Initial Teacher Education. We support the highest quality music education for all and aim to provide a unified voice for all those involved in music education and to improve the learning and personal outcomes for children and young people in and out of schools.
The National Dance Teachers Association is the leading, subject association for Dance in education. Its members are drawn from across the dance and education sector and include dance teachers from all types of schools and educational setting, dance organisations , lecturers, researchers, consultants, advisers and professional dance artists working in education. We advocate for high quality dance teaching to be available to all pupils as a curriculum entitlement and for high quality dance CPD to be available to all teachers. We strive to ensure an enriched high quality dance provision for all children and young people
Contact: Henry Vann, Public Affairs & Policy Officer, ISM: firstname.lastname@example.org 07791 138 853