A policy is a statement of intent to guide decisions and achieve particular outcomes. This section indicates Government policy on art, craft and design education and shares policy statements made by organisations and groups with an interest in this area of the curriculum.

Government Policy

  •  The National Curriculum for schools in England  was published in October 2013.
  • Click here for the programme of study for art and design.
  • Click here for the guidance for assessment.
  • Click here for the Department for Education website.
  • Click here for the DfE proposals and consultation about a ‘College of Teaching’.

Other Policies

  • The NSEAD has developed a manifesto which defines the quality of art education that should be expected and demanded by teachers, children and parents. The ESAG for art, craft and design fully endorses this manifesto. Click here for the Manifesto for art, craft and design education.
  • ENGAGE is the UK’s most effective advocacy and support organisation for gallery education. Click here to find out more about the policies and activity of ENGAGE.
  • The Crafts Council has developed an Education Manifesto for Craft and Making Craft and making are vital to our society, culture and economy. This is a manifesto to secure the future of craft education. Click here for the Manifesto.
  • The Arts Council Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. Click here for more information about the Art Council England’s 10 year strategy.
  • The Design Council is the UK Government’s advisor on design, they set the benchmark for promoting design nationwide. The council’s research and campaigns aim to show just how much intelligent, creative design can achieve. Click here to find out more about what the Design Council Stands for.

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