Mark Pattinson and Louisa Dowe

Mark Pattinson and Louisa Dowe

Mark: In a previous life I was a visual interface designer at BT research laboratories, creating advanced products and services. Children are fantastically creative and, given the chance, they rarely disappoint.

Louisa: With a background in Multimedia Textiles, I have been a passionate advocate of textile design for many years. Having worked on various exhibitions, including promotional work for Game of Thrones, I am always finding new ways to engage and enthuse students.

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Although the government would argue differently, those of us on the education front-line know that there has been a sustained and systematic marginalisation of creative arts subjects in Secondary schools. The introduction of the EBacc in 2010 forced school leaders to focus their diminishing budgets on the subjects that the then minister for education deemed worthy. According to the 2015 Warwick Commission report this has, in part, contributed to a 50% drop in GCSE numbers for Design and Technology.

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