In June 2015 the Cultural Learning Alliance published STEM+ARTS=STEAM which put down clearly the case for adding arts into the mix when thinking about education reforms and how we offer the best educational opportunities for our young people.
The executive summary states;
STEAM is about creativity and innovation
STEAM is about making real world, creative, connections between subjects in schools
STEAM is a driver for the economy, for employment and for individual wellbeing
We want every child and young person, regardless of circumstance and background, to benefit from the opportunities of uniting a high quality Arts education with STEM subjects.
STEAM will equip children with the problem solving, creative, analytical and technical knowledge needed to prepare them for the jobs market of the future. It will create the most likely environment for young people to reach their potential.
The STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) in combination have the potential to develop job ready creative, analytical, innovative problem solvers.
A new study by Camden STEAM Commission set up by City Council looked at:
Highlighting Camden’s unique economy and the STEAM skills needed for the roles of the future
Encouraging greater fusion in creative, digital and scientific education
Mobilising business resources to drive skills and careers education
Tackling underrepresentation and providing all Camden young people with better access to the opportunities available locally
The commission's Chair Dinah Caine (CBE), from the Creative Skillset and the Creative Industries Council writes;
'Brexit means it will be ever more important that businesses are able to access the talent they need locally, to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century economy. That economy is experiencing the beginning of a 4th Industrial Revolution defined by a fusion of technologies, and a blurring of the lines between the physical, digital, and biological. In planning for this demand, we need to consider not just the skills that businesses need now, but the skills they will need in the future, when the young people who are currently in schools and colleges reach the workplace. It’s estimated that 65% of primary schoolchildren will be employed in jobs that don’t currently exist.' 'A 2013 Oxford University study found that computerisation could lead to the loss of 47% of jobs over the coming decades as artificial intelligence (A.I.) is increasingly capable of making the decisions once handled by roles ranging from receptionists, to factory workers and bankers. However, within creative employment, 87% of jobs have been found to be at low or no risk of automation. Between 2011and 2015, employment in the creative industries also grew by 19.5%, compared to growth of just 6.3% in the wider UK economy.'