Useful revision tips to help teachers and students

  • May 24th, 2017
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Jemma, our Project Co-ordinator and qualified teacher, shares her top 10 revision tips to help both teachers and students during the stressful exam period. You need your students to be more resilient: encourage growth-mind set Create a positive culture in the classroom, instilling the idea that a mistake is something to learn from. Intersperse challenging […]

General Election 2017: The NHS pay cap must be lifted

  • May 17th, 2017
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  NHS bosses say the pay cap on NHS staff must be lifted because it puts patient’s safety at risk. According to NHS providers, the cap had caused retention and recruitment problems in England, which has limited pay rises to only 1% a year up until 2019 NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said his […]

Report warns England could face a shortfall of nurses by 2020

  • May 17th, 2017
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A new Health Foundation report has recently found that England could face a shortfall of 42,000 nurses 2020, equivalent to 12% of the nursing workforce. The report reveals almost half of all nurses are concerned that there is not a sufficient amount of nurses to allow them to do their job properly. It was also […]

The Conservatives pledge to end mental health injustice

  • May 17th, 2017
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The Conservatives have announced their latest pledge to employ 10,000 more NHS mental health staff by 2020 to help diminish discrimination against those with mental health problems. The pledged plans are driven by the concerns that vulnerable people are being subject to detention unnecessarily over the last decade, and the number of people being detained […]

Children Facing Holiday Hunger

  • May 17th, 2017
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Last week, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger reported on the ‘growing problem’ for young people going hungry in the school holidays. Up to three million children in the UK are said to be affected. Families find themselves under added pressure during the school holidays, with the loss of free school meals, additional childcare […]

Childline counselling rises and SATs students are left demoralised

  • May 17th, 2017
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    As mental health awareness week draws to a close, Childline have highlighted the rise in stress related calls from students sitting their exams. May sees the start of SATs, GCSE and A level exams across the country. Pressures of targets, expectations, workload and the natural act of comparing themselves to their peers have […]

Teachers back move towards primary SATs boycott

  • May 4th, 2017
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Teachers have backed plans for a possible boycott of primary school tests in England starting next year. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) believes the tests for seven and 11 year olds are damaging to the children and their education. The Government are now consulting on the future of testing in primary education and may […]

Increase in NHS mental health patients treated privately

  • May 4th, 2017
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Mental health Trusts across the UK are becoming increasingly dependable on private hospitals to deliver care to patients. Over five years the NHS spending on private mental health beds went up by 42%. There is a chronic shortage of beds in NHS hospitals, which often means that some patients are placed in private units that […]

Nurses consider whether to strike over pay

  • May 4th, 2017
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The Royal College of Nursing has asked 270,000 members across the UK whether they want to take action and strike over a combination of pay freezes and caps on pay rises. It is believed that these have effectively led to a 14% pay cut, primarily due to the increase in the cost of living. Previously […]

Two in five GPs in the South West plan to quit

  • May 4th, 2017
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A survey has found that two in five GPs in the South West of England are planning to quit, exposing a potential threat for doctors in the NHS. Survey figures published last month showed that there had been a drop in the number of GPs working, despite the Government’s aim of recruiting 5,000 more by […]

New GCSEs causing confusion in schools. Do employers know what’s heading their way?

  • May 2nd, 2017
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Nearly a year ago, Athona reported the changes for the new 9-1 GCSEs was already underway in some schools, and as this year 11 cohort take their final steps towards their exams, the news has come to the forefront of the media. The then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the reforms in 2012, in a […]