Is Creative Britain in Reverse?

Inventor and entrepreneur, Mandy Haberman is joining Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum), Ellen MacArthur (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Ajaz Ahmed (AKQA) and Dick Powell (Seymourpowell) and Paul Jackson (Engineering UK) as a panellist, to debate the threatened state of design and technology education in Britain’s schools and universities, its contribution to successful business, and its role in supporting the UK Economy.

The event to be held on July 12, 2011, at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is organised by The Design and Technology Association and Dick Powell and supported by The James Dyson Foundation, Design Museum and Design Council.

Discussion will centre on the impact of the coalition Government’s education reform agenda to design education that underpins so much of the UK’s industrial and commercial activity.  Items include:

1. As part of the current National Curriculum review Design &Technology (D&T) is threatened with being removed as a compulsory subject for all pupils from age 5 to 14.
 
2. The English Baccalaureate is already skewing the curriculum in many schools away from creative and technical subjects towards traditional, academic subjects.

3. Swingeing cuts in higher education for non STEM subjects – effectively a 40% cut for all art and design courses - whose survival will be dependent on funding from students paying fees using money they are forced to borrow.

Whilst the UK’s creative and manufacturing industries are considered internationally as the jewel in Britain’s crown, many fear the system, which produced it and is needed to sustain it, will be cut off at the knees.

Leading figureheads from across business and industry will discuss these issues and more, exploring the invaluable connection between design and technology education and business success and what skills they need in the future work force.

Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum) will chair a discussion including panellist Ellen MacArthur (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Ajaz Ahmed (AKQA) and Dick Powell (Seymourpowell).

Participants will be contributing to a manifesto to be used to publicise the benefits of the subject and to garner support.  This will include quotes from prominent designers and engineers on why they believes D&T is an important subject in the school curriculum.

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