Weekly Roundup (7-11 Jan 2013)

11 January 2013

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

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New Education Minister appointed

John Nash, Tory donor and sponsor of academies through his foundation Future, has been appointed Education Minister by Michael Gove. Read here

Poetry by Heart

The Department of Education is launching a new competition for young people in England to memorise and recite poetry. The aim of the contest is to spark interest in the subject. Read more

Drama is a core subject

Patrice Baldwin, president of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association, talks about the importance of considering drama as a core subject on children's education. Read here

History of art: out of reach for most students?

History of art: a subject reserved for wealthy students? The stereotype is unfair and outdated. Read here

Artis Impact programme

Artis in partnership with the Prince's foundation for Children & the arts is set to launch a new programme that aims to integrate arts within core teaching in UK. Read here

Arts cuts and theatre

'We must invest in every way we can in participatory arts. Participation and education create the theatremakers and theatregoers of the future, and they create rounded, critical and confident people who help to transform communities', says Lyn Gardner in her latest blog about the arts cuts and theatre.

Stephen Fry concerned about new EBacc proposal

The actor and comedian is among the 23,000 people to have signed a petition calling on the government to rethink its plans to replace GCSEs with EBacc exams. Full story here

Creative Apprentice Employer of the Year Awards 2013

Creative & Cultural Skills will announce the winner of its Creative Apprentice Employer of the Year Awards 2013 at the Skills Academy's annual conference. The event will also mark the official launch of the Creative Employment Programme. Read here

Interface: A digital networking event for the cultural industries

A free networking event run by The Globe will give digital start-ups the opportunity to talk to major cultural organisations. Details here

Museums Heritage show

This upcoming event will bring together all of the latest technologies, services and thinking for anyone working in museums, galleries, heritage and cultural visitor attractions. Details here