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Healthcare student enrolled onto university courses

The first successful transition of healthcare support workers to students on pre-registration nursing degrees has been accomplished at Health Education England-Wessex, with almost 70% of trainees gaining places at Bournemouth University and the Open University via the Skills for Health Bridging Programme. The Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education, is part of the Skills

for Health Bridging Programme, and has been developed as a new qualification designed for vocational learners working in healthcare and social care who want to progress their careers into all higher education health related programmes. Combined with relevant vocational qualifications at level 3, the Bridging

Programme has been designed to offer an alternative route into university for motivated and capable healthcare and social care workers. The premier course lasts a year, however, there is the option for students

to finish the course earlier if they are finding that they are learning at pace. Those who came through the course having been recognised by their local NHS trust and Health Education England – Wessex. The first group of students that completed the full course, facilitated

through Bournemouth and Poole College, have gained the vital academic skills needed to attend University, including report-writing, referencing and interview skills. Angelo Varetto, Head of Standards, Qualifications and Apprenticeships at

Skills for Health comments, “At Skills for Health we are always looking for new ways to make healthcare learning more accessible. We believe that everyone should be given an equal opportunity to progress their career in health care and the Bridging Programme offers an alternative route to those who have not taken the more typical route. We are so pleased that through our partnership with Bournemouth University, we have been able to make this initiative a success. We wish the first wave of graduates all the best in their University degrees.” Bournemouth and Poole College have just

recruited another cohort to start for September 2016 entrance, with 11 students recommended by their local Trusts and offered a place on the programme. Childnet launches the 7th Childnet Film Competition

lead in educating their peers about staying safe online whilst equipping them with the skills they need to become confident digital creators.” This year’s theme is all about how we can all make a positive difference

online by supporting young people to ‘shine online’. Primary aged young people (7 – 11) are invited to create a 60 second film

in response to the theme: 'Shine Online' - Tell us how you're using the internet positively Secondary aged young people (11 – 18) are invited to create a 2 minute

film in response to the theme: ‘Shine Online’ – How can you make a positive difference online? For both age groups Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films

which reflect a positive and inspiring message. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation or music. Or how about creating an advert, campaign or documentary? The top three films in each category will be invited to a private screening at the BFI in London and the winners will be awarded film kits for their school. To inspire young people to help others stay

E-safety charity Childnet has launched the 7th Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online. With the aim of celebrating the positive things that young

people are doing online, the competition showcases young people’s creativity and their understanding of online safety issues. Becky Nancarrow, Education Projects Officer at Childnet, said "We know

that young people are powerful agents in creating a better internet and inspiring other young people to use the internet for good. The Childnet Film Competition is a great way for schools to inspire young people to take the

April 2016

safe online, schools are being encouraged to share their film competition stories on social media using the hashtag #shineonline. Whether this is a message about what you’re up to, a picture from the creative process or even and a

tip from the young film makers, schools can share their updates with @Childnet. The closing date for entries is Monday 13th June 2016 at 5pm. 5

Landmark report on the condition of UK schools launched by Brian Lightman

A landmark report on the condition of UK schools published on Monday 21 March by the Smarter Spaces campaign, and launched by Brian Lightman at an event in central London, has found that more than 80% of teachers believe the learning environment has a notable impact on learners’ attainment, behaviour and engagement, yet fewer than 4% of teachers feel schools are in an excellent condition with widespread concerns being raised about a lack of space, poor layouts and declining durability, particularly in newer builds. The survey of 184 teachers across the primary and secondary sectors

saw a consistent call for more storage space, increased natural light, writable surfaces and regulated temperature. Wider findings included: A clear desire from teachers to be more involved in the design of their

schools going forward, and so too for learners themselves to participate. Only one in five schools have applied for additional funding to

support the development of their learning environments, with just 13% of those who have tried being successful and 4% receiving the full funding requested. A call from teachers to be given more ideas on how they might secure

additional funding beyond the Department for Education, including through crowdfunding and other online tools. Alongside the release of the report, the Smarter Spaces campaign –

powered by Dulux and with backers including the CBI, TeachFirst and Academies Enterprise Trust – also launched its 2016 Young Designers Competition. For a second year running, this gives learners the chance to work together to design the school of their dreams. Entries will be judged by the Smarter Spaces Learner Teacher Council, who will choose a primary and secondary entry to be made into a reality. The winning schools will each receive £5,000 worth of design and decoration services to help transform their schools according to the design submitted by their learners. The competition will close on Friday 27 May 2016.

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