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asked to bridge
Ensuring that every student is
taught basic first aid was high
on the agenda at this year’s
Education Show, which took
place in Birmingham last
St John Ambulance (SJA)
Mark Allen
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generation gap
launched its new schools strat-
egy – Developing Skills, Saving
Lives – at the show, which hopes
to make first aid training more
widely available.
Deputy editor
Elaine Howlings, who is
David Taylor – 020 7501 6772 responsible for school training at SJA, said that every teacher she
Reporter by Chris Parr spoke to wanted first aid training
Chris Parr – 020 7501 6750 to be offered at their school.
Snap-happy youngsters are being She added: “We know that
Christos Mais
urged to put their creativity into first aid saves lives. We urge
practice by taking photographs of teachers to get in touch with us
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the influential older people in their to find out what we can offer
lives, with the best images to go on young people.”
Geoff Brookes, Deputy
show at an exhibition in London. Also pushing the message
headteacher, Cefri Hengoed
The Full of Life photography at the show was the British Red
Comprehensive School, Swansea.
competition, run by the Department Cross, which held a free seminar
Neill Morton, Headteacher,
for Work and Pensions (DWP), for teachers and students.
Portora Royal School, Enniskillen.
forms part of a wider government Year 10 students from Joseph
Alex Wood, Headteacher, Wester campaign to challenge perceptions Leckie Community Technology
Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh. of older people and bring genera- College in Walsall were among
Ray Tarleton, Headteacher, tions closer together, and is open to those taking part, learning sim-
South Dartmoor Community school-aged photographers for the ple techniques for treating cuts
College, Ashburton, Devon. Hilary first time this year. and bandaging wounds.
Moriarty, National director, All secondary students can get Teacher Diane Wood said:
Boarding Schools’ Association.
involved, and the winners will see “We have used resources from
Tina Stockman, Teacher of art and
their work displayed as part of the the Red Cross with our year
media studies, Harlaw Academy,
Age, Snapped exhibition in London 10 and 11 students, and also
Aberdeen. Dr Bernard Trafford,
later this year. The exhibition will with those in the 6th form doing
headteacher, The Royal Grammar
coincide with Older People’s Day, childcare.
School, Newcastle upon Tyne. Chris
which takes place on October 1. “It is so useful to pick up the
Fenton, Assistant headteacher,
Rosie Winterton, minister for basics, and could prove to be of
William Harrison School,
pensions and the ageing society, vital importance if they do need
Lincolnshire. Paul Ainsworth,
told SecEd: “Up and down the to help someone out who has
Deputy headteacher, Belvoir High
country, fantastic relationships exist been injured.”
School, Leicestershire. Mark Blois,
between the different generations in Jane Cooper, a former teach-
Browne Jacobson.
our communities. er who now works in schools on
“This competition aims to cel- behalf of the Red Cross, added:
ebrate these relationships by encour- “A lot of teachers can be worried
Sales director
aging school pupils to highlight the about advising actions that might
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extraordinary group of committed cause more harm than good. The
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and energetic older people who influ- tographs will be taken outside of a 100-word summary of the image. Kite runner: One of the simple fact is that doing some-
Jon Benson – 020 7501 6767
ence their lives on a daily basis.” school, this competition could be The closing date for all entries is images from last year’s thing is far better than doing
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The DWP is writing directly to used to enhance subjects such as art Monday, July 6. Full of Life competition. In nothing.”
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Rachel McElhinney – 020 7501 6728 A spokeswoman told us: “While ning, students should submit their telephone 020 7255 1100 or email students, who could see
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city school partnership agreement learning opportunities for London is that they consider the school’s
has been unveiled between London and Paris students, will also aid demographic when selecting a part-
and Paris. community cohesion and innova- ner school, so we will be linked to a
UK annual rates:
Last Tuesday (March 24), 24 tive use of technology in schools. school with a similar make-up.
Ministers will have the power have no legal standing. Why not local authorities in London and The links are to be hosted by the “On June 9, we’ll be setting
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The Apprenticeships, Skills, on the existing system, and would ties. The signing took place at a Central Foundation School for students at the schools will be able
Rest of world annual rates: Children and Learning Bill, allow the government to ensure the British Council conference, and it Girls in Tower Hamlets has been to exchange videos of their rou-
Personal £113 which was scrutinised in parlia- delivery of quality examinations. follows on from an Anglo-French partnered with two Paris schools tines. It will hopefully culminate
Institutional £209 ment by a cross-party group of Sarah McCarthy-Fry, schools agreement signed with the French as part of the agreement. French in a joint dance performance once
MPs, contains the controversial minister, said: “Of course, the con- Ministry of Education in 2003. teacher Tommy Izzett said: “We we get exchange visits underway
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Those opposed to the clause, will only be able to set minimum
including the Liberal Democrats requirements for a qualification.
and Cambridge Assessment, par- “He will not be able to reduce
Wi-fi could be ‘health timebomb’
ent company of the OCR exam the requirements of a qualifica-
board, wanted guarantees that the tion, which might make it impos- Secondary pupils and teachers could a telephone line to a computer and wi-fi networks could pose even
St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road
powers would only be used in sible for Ofqual to maintain stand- be sitting on a health timebomb as back. greater dangers.
Herne Hill, London SE24 0PB
exceptional circumstances. ards, and Ofqual will continue to the growth of wi-fi continues in UTU general secretary, Avril “It is constant, and involuntary,
Bene’t Steinberg, director control the criteria that specify the classrooms, a conference has been Hall Callaghan, said: “Wi-fi tech- so those especially sensitive arguably
of public affairs at Cambridge requirements of a qualification.” told. nology is still relatively young and cannot ignore it in a classroom situa-
Assessment, told SecEd: “We David Laws, Liberal Democrat At its annual conference, the people have voiced concerns as tion,” added Ms Hall Callaghan.
remain convinced that the best education spokesman, countered: Ulster Teachers’ Union (UTU) called virtually no studies have been car- “Indeed, the World Health
people to put together courses “What is taught in schools should on the Department of Education in ried out into its effects on pupils Organisation estimates that up to
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