Newbattle school promotes chefs of the future

Newbattle High School cooked up a storm in the kitchen recently as they welcomed Apex Hotels’ Executive Head Chef for Education & Training into the classroom. John Newton, Apex Hotels’ Executive Head Chef for Education & Training,

visited the school as part of a wider reaching pre-apprenticeship programme from Edinburgh-headquartered Apex Hotels, which looks to unearth talented chefs of the future and provide them with a first taste of cooking as a career. The weekly timetabled course with S2 and S3 together puts the young

people through their paces, with their most recent class seeing the pupils creating Paris–Brest, made of choux pastry and a praline flavoured cream, with many of the finished dishes capable of winning over the toughest of Bake Off judges. Speaking on the day John, who has been an Executive Head Chef for

nearly 30 years said: “Apex Hotels is keen to focus its efforts on changing perceptions of hospitality and catering amongst young people; and to give young learners an opportunity to try cooking first hand and to consider the possibilities that a career in the kitchen has to offer.” Gib McMillan, Newbattle High School head teacher, said: “Partnerships

with employers like Apex Hotels are integral to our curriculum and helping our young people develop new skills whilst giving them an insight on what they may choose to do when they leave school. “Having John come into the classroom and provide a work based

educational class on chef skills, which the students really benefit from, is a great way to give young people a practical introduction to a career they may not have considered before.”


More Welsh students being offered places at Oxford and Cambridge with help of national programme

A Welsh Government programme that supports Wales’ brightest young minds is helping to address the under-representation of Welsh students at leading universities and is making a positive impact, which has been fully supported by Kirsty Williams, Welsh Minister for Education. Since Seren was fully established by 2016, it has supported students

from state sixth forms and colleges across Wales to reach their full academic potential and progress to leading universities. Each year, Seren invites approximately 2,000 of the brightest and

most academically-able students from state sixth forms and colleges to join the network. Seren students benefit from unique opportunities to attend workshops, seminars and higher education outreach events which help to raise aspirations to get into leading universities in Wales, the UK and the US. Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, has praised the success of

Seren and its achievements to date. She said: “Seren is a UK-first programme that gives meaningful advice and support to our most academically gifted students in Wales, enhancing their skills and knowledge so they can progress onto some of the world’s top universities.”


phs offers coin-free sanitary vending machines free of charge to schools

Hygiene services provider phs Group has announced plans to offer its new coin-free vending machines to schools for free as part of a new initiative to combat period poverty. Developed in collaboration with FM providers

and schools, the vending machines provide access to free sanitary products without the use of a coin. Users can simply open the drawer of the vending machine and take their choice of product whenever needed. As part of phs Period Poverty, a drive which aims to support the elimination of period poverty in the UK, phs is leading the industry by offering this free-vending machine to schools free of charge.

Backed by campaigners, phs Period Poverty

was launched with pioneering new research into the experiences and opinions of teenage girls, designed to raise awareness of the scale of the issue in the UK. The research report, available for free download on the phs Period Poverty website, reveal that nearly half of teenage girls believe period poverty prevents girls from doing well at school and a third believe it holds them back from achieving their aspirations. Clare Noble, head of healthcare at phs, said:

“There is still a stigma attached to talking about periods and period poverty – and this is wrong. There should be no barriers to tackling period

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poverty and only by lifting the lid and recognising the scale of the problem can we ensure that it is effectively addressed. What’s significant about this research is that it focuses on the experiences and opinions of girls about period poverty over the last 12 months, demonstrating that it is a very current problem in today’s society. If nine out of10 girls are telling us that period poverty is a real issue, we should all be listening and compelled to take action.”


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