At a glance headlines: January 23, 2014


Students texting their school nurse, a free CPD conference, poor careers advice for apprenticeship routes, and a new one-day science programme are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for January 23, 2014.

Text a school nurse

A project giving young people access to their school nurse via mobile devices has attracted the attention of the Department of Health (DH). Wendy Nicholson, the DH professional officer for school nurses, is to meet local school nurses, students and staff at Judgemeadow Community College, one of three pilot sites where Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has been testing the school nurse messaging service. Young people can speak to a school nurse by text message, or through a secure downloadable app. The service is to be rolled out to all students aged 11 to 19 in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from March.

Apprentice advice

Less than nine per cent of current Apprentices working in industry found out about the qualifications via teachers or careers advisors. A survey by the Industry Apprentice Council has revealed what it calls a “dangerous lack of support for school pupils interested in the Apprenticeships pathway, or any pathway other than higher education”. The study of 600 apprentices shows that more than half found out about the courses off their own back, via the web or through family members. Furthermore, 18 per cent of the respondents said that their school or college discouraged them from taking an Apprenticeship.

Are you fulfilled?

Teachers are the fourth most fulfilled workers in the UK according to a new poll. Only construction, farming and professional services beat teaching in terms of fulfilment according to Randstad Education’s survey of 2,000 workers. In total, one in four teachers describe themselves as “very fulfilled”, with well-educated female teachers most likely to be in this category. The poll found that the average teacher was “moderately fulfilled” and earning £25,300 a year.

Editor in the chair

SecEd editor Pete Henshaw is to chair a free day of CPD focusing on the practical application of psychological support in both primary and secondary schools. The event is aimed at teachers and school staff and takes place on March 5 in south Birmingham. The event will feature school-based case studies, theory-to-practice presentations, and Pupil Premium strategies. It is being run by educational psychology company CPA. Places are free but must be reserved. Email:

New science award

A new CREST Award has been launched by the British Science Association (BSA) aimed at 11 to 14-year-olds and designed to be completed in a single day. It follows the popularity of the BSA’s more in-depth Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. The new CREST Discovery Award is aimed at collapsed timetable days and will recognise quality science, technology, engineering and maths project work. It is also a way of introducing the CREST scheme to younger pupils. Visit:


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