Benedict CumberbatchAndrew Lloyd WebberLenny HenryVivienne WestwoodMyleene KlassMeera Syal and Global Teacher of 2018 Andria Zafirakou were among the leading figures from across the arts who with politicians, industry leaders and head teachers pledged their support for the arts and creativity in state schools.

They were among the 200 guests who attended an event at the Royal Albert Hall convened by the Children & the Arts’ team at the request of HRH Prince of Wales.

 The attendees signed a joint statement of their support as follows:

 "We believe that every child should have access during their time in school to the benefits that arts and culture bring.  If we care about social mobility, wellbeing and personal fulfilment - and if we want our creative industries to continue to flourish – every child must have a creative, arts-rich education."

 The event included speeches and discussions with politicians, industry leaders, artists and teachers as well as performances by children engaged with programmes devised by Children & the Arts. 

The Prince was also presented by a work from a student from West London, who is a student of Global Teacher 2018 Andria Zafirakou.

Rosie Millard OBE, Chief Executive, Children & the Arts said: “We were astounded this morning by the level of support, and the depth of commitment to this vital cause.  I hope that after today’s conference, which saw artists and teachers from across the country united in their will to achieve uptake of arts and creativity by children across the school year, that the landscape will have significantly shifted. In terms of our commitment, and our mission to bring great art to all children in the UK, Children & the Arts was strengthened today by two new significant partnerships, one with the Royal Albert Hall and one with Frieze Art Fair.”