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Art School, the new company being set up to support the education sector and arts industry to come together to improve and protect arts education has announced its next two events in its first initiative.

Following the inaugural event in the year long series of talks, which included Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany, who recently directed “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and is an Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre, the next two events will take place on 29th November and 7th December.

On 29th November, speakers will include:


6pm: Oxford University academic Helen Campbell Pickford, who was co-author of the influential “In Battalions” survey into new writing in theatre which former Culture Minister Ed Vaizey credited with leading to tax changes


7pm: The Diversity School Initative, the campaign to increase diversity in drama schools


8pm: London Drama, the professional association for drama teachers in London.

On 7th December speakers will include the Bacc for the Future campaign, the influential campaign for EBacc to include creative subjects, Titilola Dawudu, who is currently on the Artistic Director Leadership Programmes’ “Leaders of Tomorrow scheme” and runs Stages to promote young girls in drama, and Daniel Harrison, Chair of WhatNext? Generation who also works at the Young Vic Theatre.

The free events are open to teachers, education leaders, the arts industry, students and artists who would like to teach, policy makers and anyone who would like to find out more about what work is leading the way in terms of arts education, and hear the speaker’s thoughts on their work, what’s working and what’s not in arts education and their advice and recommendations for how to improve and protect arts education.


There will also be time for questions as part of the event.


The events will also be audio recorded for a book to be passed to the government to advocate for the need to protect arts education at the end of the project.

Attendees are welcome to attend part or all of the event and there will also be a sign up sheet at the event for anyone who would like to get involved in Art School's work.


Jennifer Tuckett, Co-Director of Art School, said: “With EBacc not including creative subjects, the lowest uptake of art subjects at GCSE level for a decade, the closure of arts A levels such as Creative Writing which comes to an end this year and a decrease in the uptake of arts subjects at university level, it feels important to take action now. We hope this series of events will bring together the education sector and arts industry to share their work, advice and recommendations.”

Free tickets for 29th November can be booked via this page.

Free tickets for 7th December can be booked at www.artschool-december7th.eventbrite.co.uk

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