Appropriate education funding. That is the single most important issue facing all schools across the country and is something so fundamental to creating a successful society in the future.
But in York our education manifesto should also be to include integration with the city’s vibrant creative arts industry. Numeracy and literacy are vital, of course, but a progressive education should include active involvement with all forms of creativity.
Arts and culture are a life-enhancing and essential part of our existence. They bring pleasure, participation, self-expression and skills into children’s lives. In an age of looming artificial intelligence, culture makes us think.
Our Creative Arts Academy, given the go-ahead by the government last summer, is slowly coming together and it is our aspiration for it to be a centre of excellence for creative arts in the city. It will be a hub to draw in talent for the ultimate benefit of children across the city.
We want to work alongside practitioners to broaden horizons and make the arts accessible to all, not just the ones who can afford it.
York is uniquely placed as a UNESCO City of Media Arts to do this. Let’s do it together.
- Richard Ludlow is chief executive of York based Ebor Academy Trust, an expanding group of schools, currently ten strong, across York, Selby, the East Riding and the Yorkshire Coast.