Weekly Roundup (22-26 April 2013)

26 April 2013

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

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Shakespeare's Globe sets up Youth Company

Artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe Dominic Dromgoole is looking for child actors from across "as a broad a social spectrum as possible" to set up a youth company of 12-16-year-olds who will be recruited over the summer and trained during the winter. Read here

Andrew Lloyd Webber supporting music education in schools

Lord Lloyd-Webber has launched a pioneering scheme which hands musical instruments to deprived schoolchildren to improve their academic results and combat gang culture. Read here

Young Audience Award 2013

BFI is looking for young people aged 12-14 to be a UK youth jury and watch three European children's films and nominate a winner. Read details here

London's pupil numbers are forecast to grow at a faster rate than elsewhere in the UK

The capital will need 118,000 extra state-funded primary and secondary places within three years, according to analysis by a group representing the 33 London boroughs and authorities. Read here

'Tech Bacc' aims to boost status of vocational courses

A "technical baccalaureate" is to be introduced showing young people's abilities in maths, literacy and a high level vocational qualification. Read here

Art and design A-level fails to prepare students

A survey for teachers and schools, colleges and universities conducted by the University of the Arts London (UAL) shows that art students are leaving school without the skills needed to study at university level. Read here

Testing times: Fighting culture's corner in an age of austerity

This week Maria Miller presented her first keynote speech since becoming Culture Secretary last september. She said to arts executives that they must "hammer home the value of culture to our economy". Read the full speech here

Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched this week a consultation aimed at redefining the creative industries. Read here

Following the launch of this 'Manifesto', Creative and Cultural Skills reflect on the major challenges that the UK's creative economy has faced since the 2009 economic downturn, and ask what the creative economy needs to do to succeed in the future. Read here

Entrepreneurial ecosystems

A two-day event that gathers teachers, researchers and representatives of diverse organizations to share knowledge and ideas about the entrepreneurship education.The event will take place on 26-27 September 2013 at Aalto University, School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. Read here