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Young people and culture

Music Education

The London Music Pledge asks musicians, parents and educators to support music in London's schools. The Mayor has pledged his support for heads and teachers through a £650,000 professional development programme and team of London Music Champions. He will also celebrate the musical achievements of schools at the London Music Awards.

Find out more about the London Music Pledge and the Mayor's Music Fund here.

Fourth Plinth Schools Awards

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards are inspired by the Fourth Plinth Programme, which invites famous artists to make new work for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth. This annual competition for children aged five to 15 is a great way to get students interested in public art and the history of Trafalgar Square. All winning entries go on display at City Hall. A new teachers' pack is avaiable.

To find out more visit the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards page here.

The Big Dance Pledge

The Big Dance Pledge is open to all London schools. They can sign up on the Big Dance website for this global, simultaneous dance performance. The event takes place every year in May, with resources available the previous January.

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The Mayor's Education Programme

The GLA published its first Education Programme Delivery Plan in February 2013. The London Curriculum has introduced new resources for English, Music, Art and Design, Geography and History teachers at key stage 3. The London Schools Excellence Fund has also provided professional development for teachers in music, computer programming and other cultural and cretive subjects.

To find out more visit our Education and Training pages here.