Writing in the Evening Standard, Roth says, ‘We see too many students lacking basic skills in drawing and making, and with only the sketchiest knowledge of the history of art and design.
‘The reason is simple. These subjects are not considered “core” to the national curriculum and so they lack funding and facilities.’
Roth says, ‘We should be educating every British child in the basics of design and making. A new generation of great designers will keep our creative industries world class.
‘But the clear economic benefit this will bring the UK is not the only outcome. It will also strengthen our democratic culture.’
Roth’s statements follow a series of attacks on the design education system from senior figures.
Most recently, critics including Sir James Dyson, the Design Council and the D&T Association attacked proposals for design in the National Curriculum as being too broad and ‘a huge backwards step’.
This followed Government proposals to completely cut design from the National Curriculum, which were eventually scrapped by then Education Secretary Michael Gove as ‘a bridge too far’.
And earlier this year, the University Alliance called for a ‘revolution’ in design education to ‘embed creativity and problem-solving into the National Curriculum’.