Our report Guaranteeing an entitlement to the Arts in Schools sets out to raise awareness of what is happening to the arts (dance, music, drama, art) in schools and makes recommendations to ensure that the arts are not squeezed out of the curriculum. As Sir John Harvey-Jones said recently at a TES-sponsored conference, the arts have a vital role to play in developing individuals who can innovate rather than merely conform and can contribute to creating economic success. The arts can give young people qualities - intuition, creativity, assessment of others' work, physical and perceptual skills - which are becoming vital in a world where not just the patterns, but the concept of work, leisure, and social interaction are rapidly changing.
Tomorrow's society needs rounded, creative people whether they become scientists, engineers or businessmen or women. If we deny our children access to the arts we do so at our peril.
Chairman RSA arts advisory group 8 John Adam Street, London WC2