Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, is spearheading an initiative to get more arts leaders signed up to Speakers for Schools.
In his blog post, he writes:
The arts are potentially one of the greatest forces for openness and social mobility we have. Learning about our cultural heritage is central to having a well rounded education. So we are working closely with Education Ministers to promote the arts in schools as one of my top priorities.
A simple but effective way of doing this is getting inspirational leaders into schools to talk about the huge benefits of the arts.
I am working with the excellent Speakers for Schools – a charity that provides state schools with free talks from leading figures – and the National Portrait Gallery Director, Dr Nick Cullinan to create a database of arts and creative leaders who would be willing to give talks to pupils.