At a glance headlines: October 9, 2014


Curriculum resources based on London's heritage, the annual ADHD Foundation conference, a social enterprise Apprenticeship and a new Shakespeare resource are among SecEd's At a glance headlines for October 9, 2014.

ADHD Foundation Annual Conference

The second annual ADHD Foundation conference takes place in Liverpool on Monday and Tuesday (October 13 and 14). Aimed at both education and social care professionals, the event features a range of presentations and debates from both health care and education professionals and young people themselves. Day one is aimed at clinicians only and day two is multi-disciplinary – bringing together clinicians, educationalists and child care agencies. A core focus will be to address the challenges and opportunities related to CAMHS funding, the new SEN code of practice and escalating demands for services, as well as sharing and spreading best practice. Visit:

London lessons

A new London Curriculum initiative is to create educational resources covering art, music, history, geography and English. Aimed at key stage 3, the units use the capital city and its heritage to engage students. It also offers them the chance to extend their learning by exploring the city and gives suggestions for projects students can take on. A total of 15 teaching units are available for teachers who register. Visit:

Back to work?

Ninety-four per cent of teachers would consider returning to work post-retirement, a survey has found. The survey of 500 public sector workers was carried out by Teachers Assurance and its headline finding came despite 49 per cent of the teachers questioned saving between £50 and £200 in addition to their pension contributions each month. It also found that 57 per cent of teachers were happy about the thought of retiring, but 30 per cent admitted to being worried about finances post-retirement.

Social pathway

A social enterprise Apprenticeship has been launched, thought to be the first in the UK. Part of a Level 3 Enterprise Apprenticeship, the social enterprise pathway includes a Level 3 Diploma in developing and implementing socially enterprising ideas in organisations. It has been created by RIO (the Real Ideas Organisation) and SFEDI Awards. Visit:

Shakespeare pack

An education resource pack has been created around the West End adaptation of the popular film Shakespeare in Love. The materials, aimed at key stages 3 and 4, include lesson plans and worksheets and are curriculum-linked to drama, English and history. Visit:

Wales spotting

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, has given his first talk to a UK school. Organised by the charity Speakers for Schools, which organises free talks from leading professionals and academics, the event took place at ARK Elvin Academy in Wembley and focused on the importance of STEM study among other topics. Visit:

Bereavement plan

The Childhood Bereavement Network is urging families to think about what might happen to their children should a parent die. Its Plan If campaign includes resources to help families through this process and tackles issues such as appointing guardians, making a will, and writing a letter to your child. Visit:


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