Release date: 12 December 2011
As a principle sponsorof the Design Commission’s independent enquiry into design education, the Design Council welcomes the publication of their report. We are glad that the report highlights the importance of design in schools, and the recognition that design education is fundamental to national prosperity through maintaining the UK’s world-leading design industry.
As the Design Council has also highlighted in its new Design for Innovation report, high quality Design and Technology teaching in schools is important in maintaining and growing a pipeline of students entering design, architecture and engineering HE courses and on into professions. However, we need an approach that enables a much broader spectrum of students and graduates to have an appreciation of the role and value of design in order to secure the UK’s future innovation capability.
David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council, commented: “To create tomorrow’s innovators our education system needs to learn from the best businesses in the world. Companies like Apple, Dyson, and JCB integrate design as engines of innovation. It’s time for our education system to follow suit. We need to shift from a system that encourages discrete specialist subjects to mix but remain unchanged, towards an integrative system that promotes adaption as skills needs change. Put simply, our High Schools need to be ‘iSchools’.”
For further information please contact Nigel Campbell, Head of Communications, Design Council on 020 7420 5282 / firstname.lastname@example.org