GCSE reforms have been published

The exams regulator Ofqual has announced the changes it is making to GCSEs including more poetry in English literature.

1 November 2013

GCSE changes

This week, exams regulator Ofqual has confirmed the changes it is making to GCSEs, in what it calls the biggest shake-up of exams in England for a generation. Read more

One of the changes include more poetry in English literature, a greater focus on spelling and punctuation in language courses. Pupils will also be required to study at least 15 poems by the likes of Keats, Shelley and Byron. Read more

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Students have been taking to the stage at professional theatres across the country as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, the largest youth drama festival in the UK. Read more

Global:local - cultural identity in London

Tomorrow, the Royal Court Theatre will celebrate and interrogate the plurality of cultural experience amongst young Londoners. Tickets are still available. Book your place now

Music opportunities for young people

Youth organisations from across the UK are part of a consortium that is to create development opportunities in the music industry for 14- to 24-year-olds from deprived areas. Read more

Sample - Discover - Share

A free Creative Networking & Arts Sampling Event for teachers and librarians in South East London is taking place in a few days. Attendees will gain insight into local creative opportunities available for your pupils and discover new cross curricula approaches. Read more

NDTA National Conference 2013

The National Dance Teachers Association will be holding its annual conference that will aim to explore changes to the national curriculum and best practice in dance education. Read more

New apprenticeships

A new type of high-quality apprenticeship is to be introduced in England, with apprentices being awarded different grades according to ability. Read more

Great art and culture for everyone

This week, Arts Council England released their 10-year vision which reflects the Arts Council's newly expanded remit for museums and libraries. Read more

BFI Film Academy

The Barbican and the BFI are inviting young people aged 16-19 passionate about filmmaking to take part in their BFI Film Academy 2013/14 Network Programme delivered by the Barbican. Book a place

Seeking Sanctuary: a live theatre and show

The British Red Cross is inviting secondary schools to attend this immersive refugee experience, which charts the story of 150 years of the Red Cross Movement’s work helping millions of refugees throughout their history. Read more

Ja ja ja - Nordic Festival

The Roundhouse is getting their for their first ever Nordic Festival which promotes music, films and food from different Nordic countries including Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Norway. Read more