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In brief
Broadening horizons
Not-for-profit organisation
Futurelab is hosting a research
discussion day in London
on May 19. The event at the
‘near breaking point’
British Academy will feature
presentations from Futurelab
and external speakers focusing
on teachers and innovations,
transforming learning spaces,
and informal and family
learning. There will also be
by Dorothy Lepkowska
more time for cleaning and carrying Almost half said they had but we were not prepared for the Meanwhile, a separate report more information on the DCSF
out stock-taking duties. received no extra training, despite outpouring of anger that came back. last week warned that more pupils and Futurelab project Beyond
Many workers, particularly the huge change from simply It is shocking that despite all the may abandon school lunches amid Current Horizons. It costs £65 to
School dinner ladies are working kitchen managers, reported having reheating food to preparing meals extra work piled onto kitchen staff plans to change menus. attend. Visit: www.futurelab.org.
harder and longer hours than ever, to work up to 15 hours overtime a from scratch. This contravened the they are not paid any more or given From this autumn, secondary uk/events
with no extra support or pay, week for no additional pay. recommendations of the school any training. The service cannot rely pupils will have to buy a two-course
according to a new report. Nine out of 10 respondents said review panel, which said a mini- on their goodwill forever.” lunch rather than individual items,
A survey of school caterers, by their work pressures had increased, mum training standard would be The study recommended that such as a jacket potato. The Local
Cutting edge
the public sector union UNISON while only five said that extra staff needed to deliver the reforms. risk assessment on school kitchens Authority Caterers Association The vocational education
found the workforce was “near had been taken on to cope with the Christina McAnea, UNISON’s should be carried out immediately (Laca) fears the introduction of the foundation Edge is urging
breaking point”, and blamed the increased workload. head of education, said: “The and that the training needs of staff “meal deal only” rule will prove students, teachers and parents to
switch from convenience food to Fewer than a third were paid change to freshly prepared school are addressed. unpopular with pupils who will opt join a campaign to transform the
fresh food cooked from scratch. overtime, but this was usually to meals is an important step towards It also suggested that the for burger bars instead. role of practical and vocational
The report, which used indi- cover their duties in running break- making sure our nation’s children Training and Development Agency A fall in take-up may lead to learning in education. Chief
vidual testimonies of 96 workers as fast clubs, rather than additional are healthy. for Schools should develop a course school kitchens becoming unviable executive Andy Powell said:
well as a survey, found that staff felt work carried out in preparing and “We expected some dissatisfac- specifically designed for school and being forced to close, Laca “We need to revolutionise the
they needed new cooking skills, and clearing up after lunches. tion in the responses to our survey, kitchen managers. warned. way our young people learn.
And what they learn. We need an
Secondary spending
education system that includes
more practical and vocational
learning because, in today’s job
market, it is skills that count.”
dips in real terms
Visit: www.edge.co.uk/revolution
The cash restraints on Scottish edu- commitment this government has
Guitar hero
cation have been highlighted by fig- to equip our young people with the A Scottish teacher has won
ures showing the smallest increase skills they need for the future.” a European education award
in funding for a decade for both However, Liz Smith, educa- for his innovative work using
primaries and secondaries. tion spokeswoman for the Scottish computer games to help primary
Gross spending on education hit Conservatives, disputed the claims. pupils make the transition to
£4.7 billion in 2007/08, a rise of 3.3 “I am astonished Ms Hyslop has secondary. Ollie Bray, depute
per cent on the previous year, but the brass neck to tell us that these headteacher at Musselburgh
just 0.3 per cent excluding inflation. figures are a cause for optimism,” Grammar, was awarded the
The amount spent on secondary she said. Microsoft European Innovative
schools was £2 billion, a 0.7 per Isabel Hutton, the education Teachers Forum Award in Vienna
cent fall in real terms, while for pri- spokeswoman for Cosla, repre- for his work with the music
mary education it was £1.7 billion, senting local authorities, said: “We game Guitar Hero. His ideas
a 3.5 per cent increase on 2006/07. know councils are under financial with will be rolled out across
Since 2000, education spending pressure and future years are going East Lothian, and schools from
has never risen by less than 4.3 per to be tighter than any year in recent Shetland to London and Hong
cent. In 2003/04 the increase was memory. Kong to Australia are interested.
9.5 per cent. “Councils are continuing to pri-
Education secretary Fiona oritise education, but that does not
Hyslop defended the spending as mean difficult decisions do not have
Improving futures
an “unprecedented investment” in to be made.” Students are being urged to
Scottish education. The figures show that councils consider choosing science
She added: “This level of invest- spent an average of £6,326 per sec- subjects as a means of opening
ment at a time of economic uncer- ondary pupil, a rise of £206 per pupil, up career paths in the food
tainty is a clear demonstration of the or 3.4 per cent, on the previous year. and drinks sector. The call has
come from Improve, the food
and drink sector skills council
in light of the falling numbers
Students will be
of students opting to take their
science studies further. Visit:
www.improve-skills.co.uk
Stark message: Boxer Joe Calzaghe is supporting the hard-hitting anti-bullying campaign
able to text for Knife pledge
Calzaghe joins fight
Around 5,000 young people in
morning-after pill
the Midlands have signed the
UK’s largest ever anti-knife
crime pledge, vowing never to
to beat the bullies
carry knives. The pledge was
Girls at some schools in said: “Oxfordshire PCT and the put together at the U R A Star
Oxfordshire will soon be able to County Council are looking at event at the National Indoor
ask for the morning-after pill by launching a text message service Arena in Birmingham, which
text message as part of a drive to in six secondary schools in featured musical performances
Silhouetted pictures of young and slang commonly used by chil- riencing an overwhelming response, cut teenage pregnancies. Oxford and Banbury that will and documentaries focusing on
people who have committed suicide dren today in a bid to get the with more than 23,000 young peo- From July this year, pupils as enable young people (male or the consequences of knife crime.
are being used in a hard-hitting message through to them. Words ple accessing the site to seek sup- young as 11 at four secondary female) in the school to text a Organiser, Birmingham musician
advertising campaign to highlight include: fugly (fucking ugly), neek port and advice within the first three schools in Oxford and two in school nurse for advice on a range Witness, said: “The pressures
the new CyberMentors initiative. (geek/nerd), sket (tart/prostitute), weeks.” Banbury will have the oppor- of health issues, including sexual facing young people today are
CyberMentors, a nationwide blenny (big boned/bulky), and Mr Calzaghe, the undefeated tunity to text a school nurse for health and contraception. immense and we need to support
online peer-mentoring social net- loose (to sleep around/promiscu- former world super middleweight advice on contraception, sexual “The nurse will be able to and empower them to make
working site for young people, was ous). champion, added: “For two years I health and other health issues. signpost them on to the most positive decisions about their
launched three weeks ago and has There are over 700 fully trained was bullied at school, called names The pilot scheme is being relevant and appropriate serv- lives.” Visit: www.urastar.co.uk
already had 23,000 hits. CyberMentors and Beatbullying and ignored by former friends, introduced jointly by Oxfordshire ice quickly. This service would
Emma Jane Cross, chief execu- cyber-councillors manning the which turned me from a happy, County Council and the provide an extra level of sup-
tive of Beatbullying, said: “Among new website in shifts to provide outgoing kid who enjoyed school Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust port for those young people who
Illiteracy ‘timebomb’
these young people, hundreds are support to victims. and schoolwork, into an introverted (PCT) after a 10 per cent rise think they have taken a risk Opposition parties in Scotland
openly admitting to having suicid- Research shows that 56 per wreck, detached from his studies in the number of pregnancies or have another health problem have called for bold government
al thoughts and self-harming as a cent of young people admit to and scared of his own shadow dur- among girls aged 18 and under and don’t want to approach a action after reports that one
result of the verbal and or physical having, at some point, been ing school hours. between 2006 and 2007. doctor or a pharmacist, but can in six Scottish children leaves
bullying they are experiencing both involved in bullying. The study of “I support CyberMentors which The county council has text a nurse and ask what they primary school unable to read,
offline and online.” 2,000 young people aged between empowers young people to help refused to name the schools can do. write, or add up. The Tories
The new campaign is being 11 and 18 revealed that of those each other stamp out bullying. If I taking part in the pilot, but “This pilot initiative is part called for education secretary
fronted by Beatbullying patron who have cyber-bullied, the most can take my own experience and Oxfordshire PCT said child pro- of our broader commitment to Fiona Hyslop to appear before a
Joe Calzaghe, and features online common way is to send a hurtful raise awareness and help because of tection staff would get involved reduce the number of teenage Holyrood committee to discuss
interactive adverts, and billboard message to a victim (26 per cent) what I’ve achieved in boxing then I if a child aged between 11 and 13 conceptions in Oxfordshire, even the “illiteracy timebomb”. The
and bus-stop posters. It has been followed by spreading rumours will be happy.” asked for contraception. though Oxfordshire is well below figure was due to emerge this
created by M&C Saatchi on a pro- (16 per cent), or editing a picture For more information, visit A joint statement issued by the national average for teenage week at an Edinburgh summit on
bono basis. (15 per cent). www.cybermentors.org or the county council and the PCT conceptions.” Scotland’s skills gap.
The adverts feature language Ms Cross added: “We are expe- www.beatbullying.org
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