Mobile phones in schools: are they being banned?
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by mediaofficer
1w ago
By the age of 12, 97% of children own a mobile phone, but the use of mobile phones in school can lead to distractions, disruption and can increase the risk of online bullying.  Many schools have already introduced rules which prohibit the use of phones at school, to help children focus on their education, and the friends and staff around them.   We’re introducing guidance which encourages all schools to follow this approach, so that more pupils can benefit from the advantages of a phone-free environment. Here’s everything you need to know.  Are you banning mobile phones in ..read more
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What we’re doing to permanently remove RAAC from schools and colleges
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by mediaofficer
2w ago
This article was first published on 31 August and has been updated to reflect the latest information.     Nothing is more important than the health and safety of children and staff. This is why we changed our approach to managing a building material found in some school buildings and other education settings, known as Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). In August, we published new guidance advising schools and colleges to vacate areas that are known to contain RAAC until suitable mitigations are in place. With thanks to the hard work of education leaders, all sc ..read more
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Degree apprenticeships: How you could get a degree for free
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by mediaofficer
2w ago
If you want to get a degree, but you’re worried about finances or just not sure that a traditional university course is right for you, a degree apprenticeship could be a great option.  A degree apprenticeship allows you to study towards an undergraduate or master’s degree while you work, getting invaluable industry experience and earning a salary. Your off-the-job training takes place in your working hours, and you won’t have to pay for your tuition.  Find out everything you need to know about degree apprenticeships here.  What are degree apprenticeships?  Degree apprentic ..read more
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How to find and apply for an apprenticeship
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by mediaofficer
2w ago
Apprenticeships are a brilliant option for people of all ages to launch their careers, upskill, or retrain in a huge range of exciting industries - from space engineering to healthcare to advertising and beyond. There are thousands of apprenticeship vacancies on offer, with more than 690 high-quality apprenticeships approved for use by employers. Here’s what you need to know. What are apprenticeships? An apprenticeship is an excellent training route that gives apprentices high-quality, hands-on training and the chance to put the skills you develop into practice every day in the workplace. You ..read more
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Everything you need to know about apprenticeships in early years and how to find one
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by mediaofficer
2w ago
Early years educators play a vital and rewarding role in helping children get the best start for life and preparing them to begin school.  There are several routes into a role in early years, including apprenticeships. Becoming an apprentice enables you to earn while you learn - you’ll be paid a salary while gaining the qualifications needed for a career in early years.   Here’s what you need to know about early years apprenticeships and how to apply.   What early years apprenticeships are available?  There are three early years apprenticeships currently availabl ..read more
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6 ways we’re supporting children and young people with their mental health
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by mediaofficer
2w ago
Schools and colleges play an important role in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students through creating safe, calm and supportive learning environments. Student voice is key to schools and colleges having an effective approach to wellbeing and is part of our mental health guidance for schools and colleges. Involving students in decisions that impact them can benefit their mental health and wellbeing by helping them to feel part of the school, college and wider community. Here are 6 ways we’re supporting the mental health of children and young people. 1. Grants for ..read more
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Medical doctor apprenticeships: Everything you need to know
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by mediaofficer
3w ago
The NHS confirmed pilot funding for a new Medical Doctor Degree Apprenticeship in January 2023. The apprenticeships are also part of the NHS England Long Term Workforce Plan, which will see the biggest expansion of training in its history to help upskill, retain talent and create a healthcare workforce fit for the future. Apprentices will earn a wage while training to nationally recognised standards, and like most degree apprenticeships, they won’t have to pay any tuition fees. The first applications for the small pilot scheme are likely to open in spring, with the aim that the first apprenti ..read more
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What we're doing to recruit more early years workers including trialling a £1k sign-on bonus
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by mediaofficer
3w ago
We’re taking important steps to deliver the expanded  30 hours free childcare scheme for working parents from when their child turns nine-months-old until they start school, saving them £6,500 a year.  Over 100,000 parents of two-year-olds have already registered their children on the system to benefit from the first stage of the roll out that entitles them to 15 hours free childcare from April 2024.  To prepare for the new offer, we’ve invested an extra £200million in funding to the sector in September 2023 and promised over £400million for 2024-25 to uplift hourly rates for the ea ..read more
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How we’re transforming children’s social care
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by mediaofficer
3w ago
Children’s social care supports children, young people and families who need additional help to protect children and young people from harm.   Its main aim is to keep families together, but when this isn’t possible, the system provides an alternative home to children and young people. But we know that these services can be improved.   This is why we’re investing £200 million by 2025 to test the best ways to drive improvement, following recommendations from a series of reviews published in 2022. You can read more about our aims in our Stable Homes, Built on Love strategy.&n ..read more
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Disposable vape ban and what it means for young people
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by mediaofficer
1M ago
The number of children using vapes has tripled in the last three years and there is strong evidence to suggest that cheap and easy-to-use disposable vapes are partly to blame. Our research shows that in 2023, around 69 per cent of vapers aged 11 to 17 in Great Britain were using disposable vapes, up from 7.7 percent in 2021. This is extremely worrying given the unknown long-term health impacts and the addictive nature of the nicotine in vapes. While vaping can play a role in helping adult smokers to quit, the NHS advises that you shouldn’t take it up if you don’t already smoke– and children s ..read more
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