At a glance headlines – January 16, 2013


A free CPD event focused on the role of psychology in schools, final applications for a mentoring scheme and a new language resource are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for January 16, 2013.

Free day of CPD

A free day of CPD focusing on the practical application of psychological support in both primary and secondary schools is being held for teachers and school staff. Taking place on March 5 in south Birmingham, the event is entitled “Attachment, Social Development and the Links to Learning” and will feature school-based case studies, theory-to-practice presentations from clinical and educational psychologists, and examples of Pupil Premium deployment. It is being run by educational and clinical psychology company CPA. Places are free but must be reserved. Telephone 0161 834 4662 or email

Mentoring scheme

The deadline to nominate students for the Unlocking Potential mentoring programme is tomorrow (Friday, January 17). The scheme is run by awarding body AQA and focuses on helping to improve students’ self-confidence and build their strengths. It is open to young people aged 14 to 19 and the programme will see them planning and delivering a project that benefits their local community. The programme is run in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Visit:

Language resource

A free online platform is being launched to help students learn, revise and test their progress in a range of languages. Set-up by Vocab Express and Oxford University Press, the website is part of the language campaign Speak to the Future, which runs the 1,000 Words Challenge urging everyone to learn 1,000 words in another language. The site launches on Wednesday (January 22) and learners who achieve 1,000 words will be issued with certificates with prizes for schools that use the site as well. Visit:

Skills study

Work experience is vital to unlocking students’ talents, according to employers. A survey of 500 small and medium-sized businesses across the UK found that a majority of them want to hire entry-level candidates who have completed work experience. The study by LifeSkills found that more than three-quarters confirmed that entry-level recruits who have completed work experience are a good source of talent. However, one in five SMEs say they struggle to find suitable candidates for work experience, while 55 per cent claim that young people often lack the relationship skills needed in the workplace. LifeSkills is a scheme run by Barclays offering curriculum-based education and practical free resources to give students the skills and experiences needed in the workplace. Visit:


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