Bacc for the Future, Cultural Learning Alliance and What Next? launch arts advocacy toolkit

The Bacc for the Future campaign, the Cultural Learning Alliance and What Next? has today (Tuesday 11 September) launched Arts in Schools, an advocacy toolkit designed to inform, help and inspire advocates to take action against the downward trend of the arts in schools.

Published in partnership between Bacc for the Future, CLA and What Next? Arts in Schools is a useful toolkit for art activists and teachers to refer to and use when advocating and championing arts education. The pack includes vital information and advice to help make the case to keep arts in schools, including how to write letters to local MPs and Councillors, the National Schools Commissioner and members of the Education Select Committee.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign said:

‘Over the past year, the uptake of creative subjects at GCSE has fallen by over 10%. More than ever we need a comprehensive education policy – which includes creative subjects – to give our students what they need in a post-Brexit, digital world, and protect the future prosperity of the UK’s creative industries. We are delighted to partner with the CLA and What Next? on this important toolkit.

Samantha Cairns, Co-Director of the Cultural Learning Alliance said:

‘Access to arts in schools is a social justice issue; research shows that children with an arts deficit are disadvantaged educationally and economically while their more fortunate peers are more resilient, healthier, do better in school, are more likely to vote, to go to university, to get a job and to keep it. This toolkit gives arts activists the key facts to make the case for arts in their local schools.’

To view or download the toolkit, visit