News at a glance: February 28, 2013


Alcohol education resources, first aid in schools and help with your computing curriculum are among SecEd's at a glance headlines from February 28.

Alcohol films

A series of hard-hitting films have been produced to show teenagers the impact that drinking too much alcohol can have. Called A Few Drinks, the films feature the stories of four teens and how their lives were changed forever due to alcohol.

The stories include facts about the chemical and biological effects that alcohol has on your body and research into alcohol-related injuries and deaths. The films were aired on BBC2 last week and are available via BBC Learning. Visit:

First aid call

More than 90 per cent of secondary school students in England and Wales would like first aid training at school, a study has found. The ICM poll was commissioned by the British Red Cross as part of its Pupil Citizen Lifesaver campaign, launched last week to promote the inclusion of first aid education in school curriculums. The charity is also running a petition asking the government to make first aid education mandatory in all schools. Visit:

Music pilot 

A pilot music project is enlisting the help of pupils’ mobile phones in a bid to trial new teaching strategies and resources. Aimed at year 7 students, the scheme is based on singing and mobile phone music-making apps. Organised Musical Futures, teachers are being invited to “road-test” the new resources via an online training, networking and support programme. The resources are to be made freely available to all schools in May. Visit:

ICT resources

Secondary schools in the UK can get free resources to help their ICT and computing students. CompTIA’s “Authorized Partner Program for Academy Partners” includes information, tools, and resources designed to help schools prepare and deliver an effective ICT curriculum. CompTIA is a trade organisation representing the global ICT industry and free membership of its initiative is available to secondary schools and other not-for-profit education institutions in the UK. Visit:

‘Coaster science

Alton Towers is hosting two live science events to mark National Science and Engineering Week next month. The Staffordshire theme park is inviting key stage 3 and 4 students to take part in Rollercoaster and Relativity, which demonstrates the science behind the rides and how they affect your body. There is also the Science Circus Show exploring the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. The Week runs from March 18 to 22. Visit:


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