Labour promises to widen access to the arts

Labour promises to widen access to the arts

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised the party will widen access to the arts.

In a speech to the Creative Industries Federation, Miliband said he would use Ofsted inspections to put more emphasis on the arts, with schools only getting an outstanding rating if they offered a wide range of arts subjects and “cultural opportunities”, reported the BBC.

He also said the creative industries and arts institutions would be expected to offer more apprenticeships “in return for direct grants or major government contracts".

Miliband’s speech came the week after the Warwick Commission report, which found that publicly-funded arts were reaching a narrow group of people, and there were “major concerns that the educational system is not focusing on the future needs of the Cultural and Creative Industries and the broader needs for innovation and growth in the UK”.