The Stage, theatre newspaper and web site, just lately printed a ballot asking readers whether or not or not they agreed with Amanda Spielman’s assertion which they reported as ‘arts programs promote unrealistic profession prospects to potential college students’.
This isn’t honest reporting. Amanda, and different Ofsted leaders and HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspectors), have typically stated that inventive and sensible topics are precious in their very own proper. These are topics which are too typically being squeezed out of faculty curriculums.
Nevertheless, our report on degree 2 research programmes confirmed that faculty leaders themselves recognised that the proportion of scholars going from vocational arts and media programs into jobs in that business was low. Regardless of this recognition, we discovered faculties promoting these programs as having extraordinarily good profession prospects, providing false hope to college students. In some faculties, these are the most well-liked programs accessible. The extent of mismatch may be very clear, and has been acknowledged by the Affiliation of Faculties chief government.
That misinformation is doing a disservice to college students who take these programs. Faculties ought to collaborate with native employers to design and ship programs which are arrange for accessible jobs.
The inventive industries are a key a part of the UK economic system, and very important for the cultural lifetime of our nation. Not solely that, however college students of the humanities study precious information and abilities that they will take into no matter profession they select.