Weekly Roundup (22-26 July 2013)

A round-up of this week's news and activities from across the arts, cultural and education sector.

26 July 2013

'Young people are getting left behind while Britain recovers'

Nora Senior, president of the British Chambers of Commerce, reflects on the reasons why is young people are being left behind while Britain gets back to work, and asks who is to blame? Read more

'Richer pupils are twice as likely to go to UK's top universities'

Official figures published by the Department for Education reveal that students from a wealthier background are more likely to go to one of the country's top universities than those from poorer families. Read more

'Pupils need their union'

A youth activist is seeking to set up a national association for school pupils to give young people a say in education policies. He plans to establish a non-political union for 11- to 19-year-old students in schools, sixth-forms and further education colleges.Read more

Dozens of 'outstanding' schools downgraded

More than 100 schools previously rated "outstanding" by Ofsted inspectors have lost their top rankings after changes to the system in England. Read more

Work experience - rewarding and valuable

National Careers Service offers on their website useful advice and information for young people thinking about getting work experience with an organisation. Read more

Schools Poster Competition

As the competition -that aimed to encourage schools to create their own poster artwork- closed on 28 June, Art on the Underground has put on their website the 776 entries received from schools in 26 different boroughs. Read more

Gigs Big Busk

The search for London's best young musicians has begun! From Saturday 20 July to Saturday 10 August you can hear GLA's top 250 acts performing live at some of the busiest, most iconic locations in London. Read more

Launch of ELMO project

This weekend is the official launch of the East London Mobile Workshop (ELMO), at the award winning William Morris Gallery on Saturday 3 and 4 August, with a family friendly weekend of events and workshops, followed by a two week residency by east London print makers Kate Gibb and London Centre for Book Arts. Read more

Legacy of London 2012

The Legacy Trust has put together a series of video case studies from young people across the UK on how getting involved in Legacy Trust UK projects, linked to London 2012, have made a difference for them. Watch here

SPOKE at the Open East Festival

This weekend at the Open East festival the six young people, shortlisted in the search for London's first young poet laureate will be at the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to collect research, ideas & inspiration from the visitors and activities of the festival. Follow the latest updates here

Half London's small theatres 'insecure about future'

A study released by The London Assembly reveals that almost half of London's small theatres feel "insecure" about their financial future and a third fear their venues could be sold. Read more

'Why don't parents get the value of apprenticeships?'

A survey carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) reveals that although apprenticeships are a great route to top jobs, parents still see them as a second-rate option. Read more