At a glance headlines: March 5, 2015

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An appeal for views on the Priority Schools Building Programme, the latest NEET figures, UCAS extra and teaching grants are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for March 5, 2015

Building views

MPs are calling for evidence as they prepare to quiz the schools minister David Laws about the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme. The session is due to take place on March 18 when MPs on the Education Select Committee will be focusing on the formula used to allocate funding under the programme and the effect that allocation has on schools. Submissions are invited by Monday, March 9. Visit: www.parliament.uk/priority-schools-building-programme

NEET numbers

The number of young people, aged 16 to 24, not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen by 78,000. Figures for October to December 2014 show that 963,000 young people are considered to be NEET, down from 1,041,000 a year previously. It means a total of 13.2 per cent of young people in the UK are NEET. Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said the fall was “positive” but added: “It is difficult to see how this level will be sustained given the cuts planned for the further education and skills sector.”

UCAS Extra

Students who have so far been unsuccessful in gaining a university place for this September are being urged to try the UCAS Extra service. Open until early July, the service allows students to search for courses with vacancies and possibly secure a place before Clearing opens in the summer. Users need to have already submitted an application and to not have accepted any offers. Visit: www.ucas.com/extra

Dementia Friends

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched a campaign to encourage young people to become a Dementia Friend. It is a bid to tackle the stigma that often results in many sufferers experiencing loneliness and social exclusion. A Dementia Friend is someone who has gained a basic understanding about what it is like to have dementia and the small ways they can support someone living with the condition. A new website aimed at young people is accompanied by key stage 3 resources and lesson plans. Visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk/youngpeople

Teaching grants

Grants of up to £15,000 are available to help teachers develop great ideas to raise the achievement of their disadvantaged students. It is all part of the Let Teachers SHINE competition, which opened for entries last week. Teachers can win one of 10 individual grants to develop their ideas, and those deemed to have the most impact will receive further funding to help roll-out their idea to other schools. The deadline for entries is April 27. Visit: www.shinetrust.org.uk/what-we-fund/let-teachers-shine/


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