At a glance headlines: November 20, 2014


A £1,000 funding grant for an innovative project to support students' health and wellbeing and new resources to help tackle the bullying of deaf children are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for November 20, 2014.

School nursing grant

A £1,000 award has been launched for school nurses to support and encourage innovation and best practice in children and young people’s health and wellbeing. SecEd’s sister title, the British journal of School Nursing, is behind the grant, which will be given to an individual school nurse or team in the UK. Projects might focus, for example, on a particular aspect of sex and relationships education, mental health or school attendance. Projects should be led by a school nurse, but can involve partnerships with teachers and school staff. Projects involving students in the design, targeting hard-to-reach groups, or having the potential to be replicated in other areas are encouraged. For application information, email or visit


A video has been unveiled offering tips and advice for deaf students about handling bullying. The National Deaf Children’s Society has created the resource to mark Anti-Bullying Week 2014, which comes to an end tomorrow (Friday, November 21). The video features 16-year-old student Ammaar Hussein, who has a Profound Sensori-neural hearing loss and wears two hearing aids. Research by the charity has found that two-thirds of deaf young people have been bullied because of their deafness. As well as the video, the charity has developed resources to help deaf young people, their parents and education professionals. Visit:

Social mobility

Twelve high-profile UK companies have been named as Social Mobility Champions by the government. It means that they have committed to meet a set of criteria aimed at supporting social mobility. These include developing relationships with schools and young people, supporting institutions with above average levels of disadvantage, widening the geographical spread of opportunities, offering non-graduate entry-routes, and “driving forward recruitment practices that eliminate barriers to social mobility”. The 12 are Accenture, Aspire Group, Baker & McKenzie LLP, The Co-operative Food, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton UK LLP, KPMG LLP, Linklaters, Mears Group, Standard Life, and Telefónica O2.

Explorer challenge

The developers of the famous Longitude Prize have launched a new “Explorer” challenge aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds. The Longitude Prize is a £10 million fund focused on reducing bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics. The Explorer competition, meanwhile, is inviting groups of young people to use satellite data to create new products or technologies “for the benefit of their communities”. The best new product or technology will receive a prize total of £25,000 to be awarded in October 2015. Support for the challenge is being provided by Nesta and there is a teachers’ guide available to download. Visit:


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