At a glance headlines: March 19, 2015


A resource supporting employer engagement, new Apprenticeship courses, and a global poetry competition are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for March 19, 2015.

Employer links

A “Connect Card”, offering a checklist of five key questions designed to stimulate discussion and collaboration between local businesses and schools, has been unveiled. The card’s creation has come after the National Foundation for Educational Research published research into the secrets behind successful school-business relationships. The report gives practical advice on how education organisations and local business can work together to make young people “work ready” and includes a number of case studies of best practice. The Connect Card and the report are available online and for a more in-depth focus on the report’s findings, see our Research Insights article here. You can also visit

Apprentice boost

A total of 23,000 new Apprenticeship jobs were pledged during National Apprenticeship Week earlier this month, including 700 by BT, 3,500 by Microsoft, 500 by Halfords, and 1,000 with the Royal Air Force. Alongside this, BT and the BBC unveiled plans to offer more Traineeships – a six-month stepping stone qualification for those not yet ready for an Apprenticeship. The week also saw the launch of nine new Degree Apprenticeships, meaning that apprentices will be able to achieve a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in sectors including chartered surveying and aerospace engineering. Visit:

Poetry prize

The hunt is on for the most exciting new poets aged 11 to 17. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award received entries from more than 7,600 young people from 78 countries last year, including from every UK postcode. Founded by the Poetry Society in 1998, the award selects 100 entries for the final shortlist, with 15 going on to win prizes. This year’s winner will be announced on National Poetry Day on October 8. The deadline for entries is July 31. Visit:

Epilepsy awards

National charity Epilepsy Action is to celebrate schools that do a brilliant job of supporting young people with epilepsy. Its Edward awards are open for nominations now. Previous winners have trained staff and pupils in first aid, held myth-busting assemblies and introduced buddy systems. In the UK, epilepsy affects an estimated 63,400 young people aged under 18 and research shows that up to half of children with the condition underachieve academically. The deadline is April 15. Visit:



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