Westminster Education Forum

The future for cultural education in England - primary and secondary level curriculum, widening accessibility and developing creative skills

Morning, Thursday, 10th May 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will bring together stakeholders and key policymakers to assess the future for cultural education in England.

It follows the Government’s Industrial Strategy highlighting the importance of growing talent pipelines for the creative industries and comes with concern around the provision in schools for the sector, delegates will consider steps that can be taken to equip children with the skills needed to succeed in these, and other sectors. 

Sessions will also examine key issues for cultural education provision in the curriculum at primary and secondary level - amid concerns around a lack of specialised teachers, and around the impact of the EBacc on student participation in cultural education subjects.

Delegates will also consider measures that can be taken across the cultural sector to widen accessibility to cultural experiences for children, with Arts Council England’s ongoing Cultural Education Challenge seeking to bring about closer working between the arts, cultural and education sectors.

The seminar also follows key developments - including:

  • The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education - launch of commission assessing the impact of children’s experience of arts and culture on their development due to report in spring 2019;
  • Ofsted - highlighting the importance of a broad and rich curriculum as they carry out a review of the curriculum in England; and
  • PISA test - news that the OECD are drawing up questions to measure creativity in children, for inclusion in the 2021 PISA test.


Guest of Honour

Nicky Morgan

Senior Manager, Children and Young People, Arts Council England

Guest of Honour

Nicky Morgan

Senior Manager, Children and Young People, Arts Council England


Lord Inglewood

Sharon Hodgson MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education


Stephanie Raynor

Headteacher, Childer Thornton Primary School, Cheshire

Mark Miller

Circuit Programme National Lead and Convenor, Young People Programmes, Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Mark Londesborough

Associate Director, Creative Learning and Development, RSA

Anita Bath

Headmistress, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne

Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT

Sophie Leach

Assistant General Secretary, National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)

Deborah Annetts

Chief Executive Officer, ISM

Nishy Lall

Sky Academy Manager, Sky

Nigel Sagar

Senior Adviser, Creative and Vocational Provision, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Janthi Mills-Ward

Executive Director, Hull Truck Theatre

Paul Reeve

Chief Executive Officer, Into Film