Weekly Roundup (14-18 Jan 2013)

18 January 2013

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

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Liz Forgan's farewell speech

In her final speech as Chair of Arts Council England, Dame Liz Forgan continued the debate on cultural education provision and investment in arts and culture. Read here

EBacc news

This week, directors of art galleries in London and David Lipsey -chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance- urged the government to include arts subject in the new English Baccalaureate qualification.
Stephen Twigg, Shadow Education Secretary joined the talk as he warned that a long-term damage to the economy can be caused by downgrading creative subjects.
And theatre director Max Stafford-Clark highlighted that the arts are crucial to a holistic education in the UK.

Libraries crisis

As libraries crisis set to get much worse this year, branches in the borough of Islington may face closure. Read here

More young people volunteering in libraries

The number of young people volunteering in their local library as part of a literacy scheme has risen by almost half. Read here

Ofsted to target lowest-performing local authorities

Following the results of Ofsted last year's report; inspection will be put forward in areas where the standards are low. Read here

Sound and Music Summer School 2013

Calling young composers for a week full of creativity, learning and collaboration. For more details, click here