Dear Mr Gove

Kingston student Lucy Sansom has made her own contribution to the current debate around the Ebacc and creative education, hand-delivering a handlettered message to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Kingston student Lucy Sansom has made her own contribution to the current debate around the Ebacc and creative education, hand-delivering a handlettered message to Education Secretary Michael Gove



Sansom was inspired by the various efforts to persuade Gove to include design and arts subjects as a ‘sixth pillar’ in the upcoming Ebacc secondary education reforms (such as #includedesign and CR editor Patrick Burgoyne’s open letter to Gove).

While otheres have expressed their anger and frustration about his plans, she decided to try a different tack.”I felt that Gove might be feeling quite low due to all the hate he’s been getting,” she says.”My response was to send him this by way of ‘thanks’. Hopefully he will appreciate the back to basics chalk and slate approach that that he seems to be advocating.”



Sansom went to the department of education to hand-deliver her tongue-in-cheek message. “I was escorted into the rather grand reception by a very surly security guard where I was met by a second who wanted to know who what where why and how,” she says. “They weren’t really up for having their photographs taken but they took the parcel (along with my details that I gave rather reluctantly after trying to play the ‘art student’ card) before promptly escorting me back out of the revolving doors.”

She awaits a response from Mr Gove. More on the project and Sansom here

Go here to read Patrick Burgoyne’s open letter to Gove.

Details of how to get involved with #includedesign here


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