At a glance headlines – May 16, 2013


The latest education rallies by NUT and NASUWT, resources for language teachers, and a new film to support schools careers guidance are among the at a glance headlines for May 16, 2013.

Rallies continue

The National Union of Teachers and NASUWT held further public rallies this weekend as part of its build-up to strike action. The unions, which represent 85 per cent of teachers in England and Wales, are in the middle of a campaign of industrial action protesting changes to teachers’ pensions, pay and working conditions, as well as wider education reform including academies and free schools. Rallies were held in Leeds and Birmingham on Saturday (May 11) with further events planned soon in Cardiff and Newcastle. A series of regional strikes are to take place between June and October, with a national strike planned for the autumn term. Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said there was “widespread opposition to the education policies of the coalition government”. She added: “These rallies for education are being held in defence of our world class public education system which the coalition government is determined to wreck.”

MFL activities

A range of 10 free online extension activities for key stage 4 French and Spanish students has been launched. The Villiers Park Educational Trust with support from the British Academy has piloted the resources in 10 schools and they focus on developing linguistic skills to improve the understanding of each country’s culture including literature, poetry, history and the arts. They are being launched at a free teachers’ conference on May 24. The event near Cambridge will include CPD workshops for teachers of French and Spanish. The resources and conference information are online. Visit:

Careers film

A new film has been launched encourage young people to explore the range of Apprenticeships available in the financial sector. Created by the National Apprenticeships Service, the film sees four former and current apprentices working in different roles across the sector recount their experiences and talk about how an Apprenticeship has benefited them. The four stars, who work for Wolverhampton City Credit Union and in different roles at Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group, also talk about the skills they developed. Visit:

Underground art

Students are being invited to create a poster to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. The competition is open to students attending schools within reach of the Tube’s network and entries must include a reference to the artist’s local station. Designs can be inspired by the theme “Your Journey Starts Here” or “Future Journeys”. There is a free teaching pack available. Visit:


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