Weekly Roundup (24-28 June 2013)

28 June 2013

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

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Barclay's Life Skills

Barclays announced the creation of a free, curriculum-linked programme designed to give young people in the country access to the skills, information and opportunities they need to help them towards getting the jobs they want. Read more

The Foyle Young Poets Award

A brand new short film that celebrates one of the largest and most prestigious prizes for young poets aged 11-17. The video features the 2012 poets plus interviews with former winners of the Award. Watch here

Summer Youth Workshop: London Portfolio

A five-day summer school aimed at 16-18 year olds wanting to develop or enhance a portfolio of digital photography. Read more

Youth employment

A new report has warned that young people in the UK 'are giving up on ever finding a job'. The study comparing education across the world also reveals that young people face being unemployed for more than two years before they reach the age of 30. Read more

New statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) show that nearly one in 10 students were believed to be unemployed six months after graduating from UK universities in 2012. Read more

The proportion of 18-year-olds in full-time education has fallen for the first time in England since 2001, acccording to official figures released by The Department for Education. The figures suggest that there was also a slight fall in NEET16-18 year olds. Read more

London primary schools places crisis

The Evening Standard revealed this week that the school place shortage has reached a crisis point. Some headteachers are considering building playgrounds on school roofs or opening classrooms in disused pubs and retail parks to cope with demand. Read more

The Telegraph revealed MPs have warned that even some primary schools have had to sacrifice music rooms, libraries and even outdoor play space to cram in extra classrooms to cope with a massive shortage of places. Read more

all eyes on us - UK premiere

A New Direction is excited to announce the UK premiere of all eyes on us at the East End Film Festival. The screening will take place on Sunday 30 June at 1.30pm in the Rio Cinema in Dalston. It will be followed by a cast and crew Q&A. The film tells story of the making of this spectacular ceremony, from the point of view of four of the performers. Read more

The Spending review

This week Chancellor George Osborne announced a 7% spending cut to DCMS as part of the Spending Review. Arts Council England and national museums will share less of the burden with a reduction of 5% during 2015/16. Read the full report and analysis compiled by the BBC.

The schools budget for England will remain protected from budget cuts in the government's spending review. Chancellor George Osborne also announced that there will be funding for 180 more free schools, 20 university technical colleges and 20 studio schools. Read more