Celebrating reading, apprenticeships and creativity

7 March 2014

It's been a week full of celebrations and events including The World Book Day 2014, The National Apprenticeships Week 2014 and CCSkills annual conference, Building a Creative Nation.

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World Book Day 2014

In the spirit of this celebration, the Guardian Education team shares their favourite childhood books and explains how they're still relevant for students. Read more

Building a Creative Nation

After hosting this week, its Annual Conference 'Creative Nation UK', CCSkills raises a pledge to join its campaign. Read more

National Apprenticeship Week 2014

This week, the National Apprenticeships Service celebrated Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Read more

A new look

Creative Choices has launched a new website full of work opportunities, events and careers advice for young people interested in starting a career in the creative industries. Read more

History of art: it's not just a subject for 'posh girls', say teachers

A campaign is under way to give more students access to Princess Kate's favourite subject. Read more

BBC launches new apprenticeship schemes

BBC director general Tony Hall announced three new apprenticeship schemes across the corporation as part of an effort to make the BBC "look and feel like modern Britain". Read more

Careers advice

A drive to improve the standard of careers advice in schools is being planned by Ofsted. The move follows a report by inspectors which said three out of every four schools they had visited had not been delivering an adequate service. Read more

Everyday items in playgrounds help kids play creatively

The British Psychological Society is reporting new research which suggests putting everyday items in school playgrounds could encourage children to play more creatively and engage in more physical activity. Read more

Grandage: West End will close without younger audiences

Michael Grandage has warned that the West End will “close” unless producers provide cheaper tickets and better access for young people to London’s major theatres. Read more

The role of culture and leisure in improving health and wellbeing

cCLOA, the network for local government heads of culture and leisure in England and Wales, has released a useful new guidance document. It can be downloaded here.

Co-production & co-design in the arts and in public services

The RSA are hosting a very interesting event on Thursday 10 April - ‘Co-production & co-design in the arts and in public services’ (for Leeds Metropolitan University’s ‘Participation and Engagement in the Arts Knowledge Exchange Network‘). Tickets are free, and can be found here.

Catalyst Teacher Training

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is running a programme of inspiring arts based teacher training days throughout the UK for Key Stage 2. Each day focuses on two art forms, and teachers will work with professional artists in hands on workshops to develop practical skills and activities. Read more

GUYO Masterclasses

Young musicians aged 12-26 can take part in the upcoming workshops and performances hosted by the Grand Union Youth Orchestra. For more details download the PDF below.

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Discover Masterclasses

Find out everything there is to know about making high quality work for children with professionals from the worlds of publishing, digital and theatre. Panellists include Sophie Rochester (The Literary Platform), Charles Beckett (Arts Council England), Pete Higgin (Punchdrunk Enrichment), Kate Wilson (Nosy Crow) and Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites). To book call 020 8536 5555. Read more


Strategic, community-focused programme Transported launched this week a great summary / report about our Creative People and Places Conference 2014, which took place last month in Hull. Read more

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