Campaign To Save Arts A Levels To Be Discussed At Today's Art School Event

Campaign To Save Arts A Levels To Be Discussed At Today's Art School Event

Art School, the new company being set up to support the education sector and arts industry to work together to improve and protect arts education, has announced that director Jonnie Riordan will speak at today's Art School event on the campaign to save arts A Levels at Coopers' Company and Coborn School.

Jonnie Riordan, director of Nigel Slater's TOAST, will be speaking at the event about the campaign, which is looking to get to 10,000 signatures by a governors' meeting on December 11th and which was started after Coopers' announced it would be ending A Level Drama, Music and DT at the school.

The Art School event is the third in the new company's year long series of events bringing together and providing access to work going on in arts education, thoughts on what's working and what's not, and recommendations on how to improve and protect arts education from speakers from the arts industry and education sector.

Other Art School speakers include Olivier Award winning theatre director John Tiffany, who recently directed "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" and is an Associate Director at The Royal Court Theatre, What Next? Generation Chair Daniel Harrison, who also works at The Young Vic Theatre, former Head of Film at Creative England and film producer Caroline Cooper Charles, composer Hannah Kendall, who recently composed for Chineke! at BBC Proms and has been BBC Radio 3's composer of the week, the Bacc for the Future campaign, the influential campaign for EBacc to include creative subjects, The Diversity School Initiative, which campaigns for greater diversity in drama schools, Guardian Higher Education Network Editor Rachel Hall, former parliamentary researcher, fashion stylist and founder of Fashion Roundtable Tamara Cincik, All Party Parliamentary Group co-ordinator and former President of NSEAD Susan M Coles, Chair of London Drama, the professional association for drama teachers in London, Amanda Kipling, and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks, amongst others.

The campaign to save arts A Levels at Coopers, who plan to end drama, music and DT A Levels at the school, has so far attracted over 8000 signatures.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of Art School said: "We urge anyone involved in or interested in arts education to attend today's Art School event if they can. The petition to save arts A Levels at Coopers needs just over 1000 more signatures to reach 10,000 before a governor's meeting on December 11th. This is a school with a hugely successful track record of arts subjects and we hope we can support this important campaign"

More information on today's Art School event, which also includes Bacc for the Future, the influential campaign for EBacc to include creative subjects, writer/producer/mentor Titilola Dawudu, who is currently selected for the Artistic Director Leadership Programme's "Future Leaders of Tomorrow scheme, and Chair of What Next? Generation Daniel Harrison, who also works at The Young Vic Theatre, and free tickets to today's event can be found at www.artschool-december7th.eventbrite.co.uk

The year long series of events has been set up by Art School to help address the decrease in uptake of arts subjects at school and university level, the closure of arts courses such as the A Level in Creative Writing which comes to an end this year, and EBacc not including creative subjects, and to bring the education sector and arts industry together to share work, advice and recommendations on how to improve and protect arts education. Events are open to teachers, education leaders, the arts industry, artists and students who would like to teach, policy makers and anyone involved in or interested in arts education.

For more information on Art School and to sign up to the mailing list to be kept informed of future events, please go to: www.artschool.space


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