Pass rate drops but record numbers win university places

15 August 2014

A drop in top grade passes at A-level this year may have been triggered by a growth in the number of candidates taking traditional academic subjects, exam boards have suggested.

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Young Adult Literature Weekender

London Literature Festival hosts the weekend for the first time ever.Fizzing with literary market stalls, mini-talks, workshops, performances and The Dystopian Book Club, it features only the finest writers, poets and spoken-word artists. This mini-fest is curated by young people living, reading and writing in London and is open to anyone aged 13 – 19. Read more

Free master classes for young people

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Join the Youth Network

Joining artsawardvoice.com is your first step to joining the Arts Award Youth Network. Get in touch with them any time if you want to help them run events and advocate for Arts Award at a local level by emailing voice@artsaward.org.uk. Read more


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