Anne Frank diary
A new writing campaign has been launched to mark the 85th anniversary of the birth of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, who was born on June 12, 1929. The Anne Frank Trust UK is running the year-long campaign for students aged 13 to 15, inviting them to help create the world’s largest digital diary by uploading one or more written or filmed entries to a dedicated website. The site contains downloadable teaching resources for key stages 2 to 4 English, PSHE and citizenship, as well as an assembly plan to help schools mark the anniversary. Visit: www.generationdiary.org.uk
An online resource offering practical advice and teaching activities to help secondary schools tackle internet safety with students with autism has been unveiled. The STAR Toolkit has been developed by Childnet and Leicester City Council, in collaboration with three schools in the city. The resource helps teachers to tackle issues such as cyber-bullying, contact by strangers, and exposure to inappropriate content. Visit: www.childnet.com/resources/star-toolkit
A majority of teachers have backed calls for animal welfare to be made a key part of children’s education. A survey of around 800 teachers by the RSPCA found that 83 per cent feel animal welfare should be part of the national curriculum. The charity has created more than 90 free lesson plans for teachers linked to the curriculum in both England and Wales and relevant to subjects including science, citizenship, literacy and numeracy. The RSPCA particularly wants to see more done to educate children about the Animal Welfare Act. Visit: www.rspca.org.uk
A total of 975,000 young people were not in education, employment or training during the first quarter of 2014, figures from the Office of National Statistics show. The number relates to 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK and has fallen by 118,000 when compared to the same period in 2013.
A number of employers have been recognised for the way they support and train school and college-leavers who join their staff. The Top Employers for School and College Leavers Awards 2014 are run by website All About School Leavers. They feature employers who offer Apprenticeships, school-leaver programmes and sponsored degrees. Jaguar Land Rover won the “Top Employer” prize for 2014/15 thanks to its “exceptionally high-quality training programme for their trainees”. Meanwhile the Best School Leaver Programme when to EY, Fujitsu won Best Higher Apprenticeship, NG Bailey won Best Intermediate Apprenticeship, and Jaguar Land Rover Best Advanced Apprenticeship. Visit: www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/employer-rankings