Schools need to work together to bridge social divide in capital

Leaders gather for Evening Standard school forum as study reveals pupils finish school with lower levels of literacy and numeracy than grandparents

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(Image taken from Save the Children's Too Young to Fail report launced this week)

Schools must work together to bridge social divide in the capital, say experts

The Head of St Pauls Girls talked about the centrality of arts to education and the importance of nurturing pupils humanity at a major debate on the future of education in the capital. Read more

Same audience/different venues

What can arts and museum educators learn from each other? The Group for Education in Museums (GEM) has an evening event at Sadler’s Wells Mon 14 October to explore. For further details and to attend, go here.

East London and City Culture Partnership recruiting

The Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama is seeking to appoint a Culture Partnership Project Manager for the East London and City Culture Partnership, a new initiative supported through a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Find out more

The Knowledge Festival; Dance, film, play, theatre, the Big draw

Oxford House are providing a day of free arts activities for children and families on Saturday 12 October. For more information read here

Calling all KS3/4 teachers!

You are invited to attend SPOKE – spoken word masterclasses led by poet and master educator Jacob Sam-La Rose. These sessions are aimed at KS3 & 4 teachers in each of the Olympic boroughs to encourage more schools to engage with spoken word. Details can be found here or you can contact Maria at Apples and Snakes for details.

Major artworks to tour UK schools

Masterpieces including paintings by Lowry, Turner, Monet and Spencer touring English schools as part of BBC Your Paintings initiative. Read more

Too Young To Fail

By their 7th birthday, a fifth of the country's poorest kids are behind in their reading. A new Save the Children report highlights threat to the attainment & life outcomes of children through poverty. Read more

Your Park, Your Big Draw

Come to the Queen Elizabeth Park on 12 October for Your Park, Your Big Draw. Fill London’s new park with fun activities and DIY art for all ages. Bring family, friends, your imagination and head for the Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay Playground. View the flyer for information

Landmark Commissioning Fund

Awards of up to £50,000 are available for individual artists and arts organisations to create extraordinary cultural experiences at landmarks across Barking & Dagenham in collaboration with local residents. Deadline for applications: 5pm, 29th November 2013 For application pack click here

Throwback in literacy and numeracy

England's young people near bottom of global league table for basic skills - OECD finds 16- to 24-year-olds have literacy and numeracy levels no better than those of their grandparents' generation. Read more

And here are the primary OECD figures for the UK with some great stats.