At a glance headlines: May 8, 2014


The latest round of SEN scholarships and new resources to help schools prepare for SEN reforms are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for May 8, 2014.

SEN scholarships

Teachers and SEN support staff are being invited to apply for funding to develop their specialist knowledge and skills. The £1 million National Scholarship Fund is open for bids for the fourth year running. Teachers can apply for up to £3,500, while SEN support staff can bid for up to £2,000. The money must be used for training that will improve the support available to students with SEN. Applications are being accepted for the next three weeks. So far, £7 million has been made available through the fund, going to almost 2,000 teachers and support staff. The fund is open to all qualified teachers and SEN support staff in eligible schools with applications assessed on both the priority specialism of SEN and the support from the school. Visit:

Reform support

Two publications have been launched to help schools as they prepare for the SEND reforms that take effect in September. Dignity and Inclusion: Making it work for children with complex health needs and Dignity and Inclusion: Making it work for children with behaviour that challenges have been created by the Council for Disabled Children. They detail good practice with practical guidance for schools including advice on partnership arrangements, working with parents, risk-assessment, training and other areas. The books cost £24.99 each or £37.50 for both. Visit:

WJEC rebrand

As the examinations systems in England and Wales move further apart, WJEC is to rebrand its qualifications in England as “Eduqas”. The move is intended to make clear the distinction between its qualifications either side of the border. The Eduqas logo will appear on all new qualifications as they are reformed, the first of which are due to be taught from September 2015. Visit:

Shape the Future

Students are being asked for their ideas on what the UK government can do to make life better for girls and women in developing countries. The Shape The Future competition is open to students aged 11 to 16 and is encouraging them to tackle issues such as forced marriage and a lack of education. Entries can be submitted as videos, audio blogs or presentations. Finalists will have the chance to present their ideas in the run up to a summit to tackle female genital mutilation and forced marriage this summer. Visit:

Closer working call

Schools and health services need to work more closely on prevention and early intervention according to a new report. The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum found that a disconnect between the education sector and health services often led to students not receiving the support they need. The report is available online. Visit:


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