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“Creative artists have ‘moral responsibility’ to become school governors” – Darren Henley

14th October 2015

People who work in the arts have a “moral responsibility” to become school governors, the new chief executive of Arts Council England has said.

Darren Henley told TES that he is now passing this message on to anyone working in the creative arts whom he meets.

“I would like to see a big campaign to see as many artists, curators, heads of arts organisations as possible becoming school governors,” he said. “I think they have a moral responsibility to do it. I’m a school governor, so I can say that with impunity.”

Mr Henley, who took up his post at Arts Council England earlier this year, was speaking to TES in advance of the launch of the organisation’s cultural education guarantee today.

The aim of the guarantee is to offer all school pupils the opportunity to create, visit and participate in art and culture. In particular, it is designed to encourage more children to visit museums around the country.

Read more on the TES website