Weekly Roundup (25 Feb - 1 March 2013)

1 March 2013

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

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Interview Online Live Chat with Peter Bazalgette

Liz Forgan's successor talks about his role as new chairman of the Arts Council and the cuts in the arts.

Arts Council is offering the opportunity to have an online live chat with Peter Bazalgette. Don't miss the chance to submit your questions here

Young jobless total falls slightly

Official figures for the last quarter of 2012 reveal that the amount of NEET young people has slightly decreased compared to the same period in 2011. Read here

London leads the way on free schools

Free schools are a "London phenomenon" with the number of groups bidding to open them three times higher in the capital than other parts of the country. Read here

'Schools have lost focus'

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of the schools watchdog, suggested that school governors should focus on quality of teaching and ask the head teacher about progress of the students.

The School Data Dashboard

Ofsted launched this week an online tool designed to provide a simple, publicly available overview of how effective a school is performing in test and exam results and attendance compared to other schools. Read here

Art exhibitions to be broadcast in cinemas

Displays of artwork by Manet, Munch and Vermeer are to be filmed and screened in more than 70 cinemas around the country to give audiences from all over the country the opportunity to see them. More details here

Innovate programme launches

The Sound Connections' programme invites individuals and organisations to propose new music projects with disadvantaged young people across London. More information here

Join the debate

Policy Exchange in partnership with St. James Theatre invite you to debate the motion: "Is it right to cut Arts funding in times of austerity?" Details here