At a glance headlines: March 12, 2015


New from the Teacher Support Network, a new grassroots leadership campaign and a Magna Carta online resource are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for March 12, 2015.

Teacher support

The Teacher Support Network is to merge with its sister charities Recourse and Worklife Support. The new organisation will support all people working in schools, colleges and universities. The support will continue to include the 24/7 support line, telephone counselling, coaching, money management, grants, information and signposting. A new name and logo is to be unveiled in September.

Chief executive Julian Stanley said: “We will be the only charity in education to provide vital emotional and practical support for all education professionals who may be struggling with personal or work-related problems. By coming together and forming a new charity, we will make important efficiency savings so that we can continue to provide a full range of holistic support for individuals and whole organisations, including counselling and debt counselling, as well as grants.” Visit:

A Quiet Revolution

Policy alone will not solve the problem of England’s struggling schools, Future Leaders has said. As the General Election approaches, leadership development charity has launched a campaign – entitled the Quiet Revolution – which aims to show that it is work at the grass roots by school leaders and teachers that is key to turning around schools in difficult circumstances.The campaign website has short films showcasing effective practices in schools.

CEO Heath Monk said: “I hope I can take the next education secretary around some of the schools I’ve visited recently and show them how school improvement really happens. It’s school leadership that changes things on the ground.” Visit:

Salary difference

Apprentices earn £3,729 more a year than graduates in their first job, research has shown. The poll of 2,614 young adults by the website found that roughly half had taken Apprenticeships, while the other half had graduated from degree courses. The apprentices said that the opportunity for hands-on experience was the biggest benefit of their pathway, while the graduates said being more qualified was their biggest benefit. The study found that in the first job after completing their course, the average graduate had a starting salary of £14,734 a year, compared to £18,463 for an apprentice.

The Magna Carta

A digital education resource has been launched by the Houses of Parliament Education Service to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament is aimed at key stage 3 students and focuses on the period between 1215 and 1297. The resource also features a collection of 47 documents from the National Archives and a live taught session delivered through the National Archives’ virtual classroom. Visit:


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