Government risks ‘neglecting needs of LGBT youth’ in sex education
Pink News | 24th September 2018
Campaigners have expressed concern with the findings of the first round of public consultation on what schools should be teaching in the Relationships Education and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curricula. The consultation, which runs until November 7, 2018, was called following government plans to introduce the mandatory subjects in schools across the country by September 2020. Then-Education Secretary Justine Greening promised the revised curricula would be inclusive of LGBT issues, although the draft guidance published under her successor Damian Hinds in July leaves schools “free to determine how they address LGBT specific content,” even if the ministry’s recommendation is that the teaching “is integral throughout the programmes of study.”
Campaigning group Level Up believes this position risks excluding LGBT+ students “from the information they need to have happy, healthy relationships,” particularly following the review of the open consultation’s responses so far, which the group obtained following a Freedom of Information request. The findings from the Ipsos MORI executive summary show that the vast majority of respondents to the consultation are adults (15,528 of the total 17,852) and only 13 percent came from young people—a majority of these were cast by people aged 15-18 years old.
National Apprenticeship Week 2019: Need to know
TES | 24th September 2018
Next year’s National Apprenticeship Week takes place from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March 2019.
National Apprenticeship Week is a chance to shout about all that is great about apprentices and their trainers on a national stage. This year, the ESFA’s National Apprenticeship Service organised a series of graduation ceremonies across the country during the week. Some 250 apprentices took part in six ceremonies, which were the first of their kind.
How can I get involved?
Mr Smith said he hopes that by sharing the date six months in advance, those interested in getting involved will start to plan some “new and exciting activities”.
More information will be posted on the Get in Go Far apprenticeships website in the run-up to the week.
Implementing the nurse degree apprenticeship scheme
Nursing Times | 24th September 2018
A nurse degree apprenticeship scheme in north-west England is demonstrating that apprenticeship is an effective strategy for nurse education and recruitment.
The nurse degree apprenticeship scheme set up by the government to address employment shortages in the NHS is the subject of a parliamentary inquiry due to slow uptake nationally. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust is one of the first to implement the scheme and is reporting high satisfaction among apprentice nurses, staff and patients. The trust is confident it will prove an effective way of growing its own committed local workforce responsive to patient and geographical need.