UK children’s laureates to promote the arts in schools
In the UK, children’s laureate Chris Riddell has joined forces with eight former children’s laureates to promote the importance of the arts and creativity in schools, reports the Guardian. Riddell, who met with the former laureates earlier this month, told the Guardian: ‘I felt that since I was appointed last year, I have relied heavily on the credit of the people who have gone before me but I wondered if I could now make it a collective thing. Could we all get together and tackle some of the issues?’ While the laureates each promoted a variety of causes during their tenure, they will work together on the need to preserve creativity in UK schools. A recent survey in the UK has found a major drop in the take-up of arts subjects at GCSE level.