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Young Mayor - First round of voting is open
The first round of voting is open to find our next Young Mayor.
The field will be narrowed to four for the final vote.
If you are aged 11 to 18 in school years 7 to 13 and live or study in North Tyneside then you can vote online and find more information:
Step Into the NHS Primary Schools Teaching Resource and Competition
Health Careers recently launched a primary schools resource and competition to be used in classrooms. The downloadable resources encourage young people to raise their aspirations, learn about the range of roles in the NHS and challenges stereotypes, which helps them understand that there is no such thing as a man or woman’s job.
The Step into the NHS primary schools pilot completed earlier this year showed some really encouraging results including the following:
A 59% increase amongst 2000 children taking part, who understood that men could work as a midwife
Before being exposed to the resources, only 1 in 5 pupils in some schools believed they could become a surgeon or midwife, compared with almost 50% afterwards
Students are being encouraged to enter the Step into the NHS primary schools competition to celebrate their learning and to say ‘thank you’ to the NHS by creating a piece of artwork. More information on the competition can be found in this You Tube video (https://youtu.be/sgaWNKudokQ).
This programme is open to all primary schools in England and teachers can receive a hard copy of our teacher pack, along with a poster for classrooms, by calling the helpline on 0345 60 60 655 or emailing email@example.com and quoting CAR10301 in any communication.
More information on the programme can be found on the Step into the NHS website (www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/primary) and is also provided in the parent leaflet attached.
Facebook backs DfE online safety lessons for pupils
Social media giant Facebook has backed the government's new online safety lessons to help school pupils recognise online dangers.
The tech firm has endorsed the proposed online lesson curriculum ahead of a meeting with ministers and anti-bullying campaigners today.
The lessons form part of government plans to make relationships, sex and health education classes compulsory at all schools from September 2020.
The new curriculum has been designed to teach every pupil about how to recognise dangers online, including what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, the Department for Education (DfE) said.
School standards minister Nick Gibb will meet Facebook alongside online safety charities the Diana Award and Childnet to discuss internet safety.
Using the internet 'respectfully and sensibly'
The DfE said the meeting supported the government's mission to work with tech companies to get them to consider their collective responsibility regarding children and young people's welfare online.
Mr Gibb said he was pleased Facebook had recognised the importance of these new lessons, which will be delivered through compulsory relationships, sex and health education classes.
He added: "No child should face the fear of bullying. The internet, whilst usually a force for good, brings with it new dangers – that's why our new online safety lessons will teach pupils about how to use the internet respectfully and sensibly.
"We all have a collective responsibility to protect children from this kind of harm, whether as parents, ministers, business leaders or schoolteachers, and can all play a role in shaping the kind of society we want for our future generations, preparing them for life in modern Britain."
Under the plans, all pupils will be taught relationships education in primary school and relationships and sex education in secondary school, while all pupils will be taught health education in state-funded schools.
Safety is an 'absolute priority'
Rebecca Stimson, Facebook's head of UK policy, welcomed the addition of online safety lessons to the school curriculum.
She said: "The safety of young people online is our absolute priority and, like the Department for Education, we are committed to giving schools the right support so young people have safe and positive experiences online.
"We'll be working with our safety partners including the Diana Award and Childnet and the government to make progress in this area."
The Diana Award is trying to encourage 9,000 schools to appoint an ambassador as part of DfE-funded projects to work with schools to do more to stamp out prejudice and discrimination.
More than £1 million is being shared among three anti-bullying charities – the Diana Award, Anne Frank Trust and the Anti-Bullying Alliance – to reach more than 260,000 pupils with projects designed to prevent bullying in the classroom and online.
Representatives from the Diana Award and Childnet will join the meeting to set out their partnership with Facebook to encourage schools to appoint pupil ambassadors to help tackle bullying and promote safe and responsible use of technology.
Alex Holmes, deputy chief executive of the Diana Award, said: "Thanks to the support from the Department for Education and Facebook, we are able to offer schools our flagship anti-bullying and online safety programme free of charge – and we are proud to support this government's approach to bullying prevention and internet safety."
Will Gardner, chief executive of Childnet, said: "It is vital that we are working with children and young people, and empowering them to be part of the solution in the fast-moving environment of the online world."
TES recommends Cookery Lessons in Schools for all
The teaching of cooking skills in school should be compulsory, according to a report prepared for the Scottish government.
The research also raises concerns that many schoolchildren cannot identify common fruit and vegetables or where meat and eggs come from.
The Scottish Food Commission report states: “There is a requirement for education in schools to support informed choices about food production, and teaching of cooking skills should be compulsory.”
It recommends that Scotland’s Children and Young People's Food Policy should “include an obligation for schools to provide [food] education”.
The report, published by the government on Friday, also highlights “frequent reports of children not knowing very basic information about food, including identification of common fruits and vegetables, where meat, milk and eggs come from, and very basic nutrition”.
Food education 'could help tackle childhood obesity'
It raises concerns, too, about how food is disposed of, and recommends that public bodies, including schools, “should be required to report on amounts of food waste”.
The report states that “food culture in Scotland has become more detached from food production, and fast food is a dominant element”.
Lessons could be learned from approaches to tackling smoking and drinking, the authors advise, adding: “The best long-term approach to tackling overweight and obesity is prevention from childhood, and school education has a major role to play.”
However, the current picture is patchy. “For a variety of reasons, education about food and provision of cooking skills varies across Scotland,” the report says.
Last June, a Tes Scotland investigation revealed that schools were being rebuked by inspectors for serving deep-fried food too regularly, using “high volumes of processed meat” and serving baked goods for breakfast.
And in September, a charity tackling obesity said that new stricter nutritional guidelines for school meals did not go far enough, and called for schools to be told how many times a week they can serve pudding.