D&T has been a compulsory subject in schools since the 1980s, but a review of the National Curriculum, which is set to conclude next year, puts this position under threat.
In a letter in today’s Times, signatories including Sir Paul Smith, Sir Terence Conran, Seymour Powell founder Dick Powell and Design Council chief executive David Kester have called on Gove to retain D&T as a statutory subject, to ‘[Ensure] Britain has an education system that meets the needs of the 21st century economy’.
The letter says, ‘If the Chancellor wants to realise his ambition of “made in Britain, created in Britain, designed in Britain and invented in Britain”, D&T must remain at the heart of the curriculum.’
Earlier this year, the Design and Technology Foundation, Seymour Powell and the James Dyson Foundation organised the event Is Creative Britain in Reverse? which aimed to highlight the threat to design education both at National Curriculum and Higher Education level.
The Government’s Creative Industries Panel, which features design industry representatives, is also looking to raise the issue of design education to Government.