In The News
The Office for National Statistics published figures that show that Teenage pregnancy rates in BANES are considerably lower than both the national and regional rate.
The initiatives put in place by the local authority through the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy have contributed towards these encouraging statistics.
The full set of statistics is available on the ONS website: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-294336
Further information for young people and professionals is available at www.safebanes.co.uk or email Marcia Burgham, Teenage Pregnancy Training & Development Officer email@example.com
Our consultant Dot commented, “The BANES initiative has been running for almost 13 years and it is this commitment from the local authority that has lead to such outstanding results. As a further example of tackling teenage pregnancy head on we need only look at the good work taking place at the Meriton school Bristol who received outstanding from Ofsted”.
“They Go The Extra Mile – Reducing Inequalities In School Exclusions” a report by the Children’s Commissioner
‘In the statistics available for 2010–11, Black Caribbean boys were 11 times more likely to be permanently excluded than White girls of the same age in similar schools. The same boys were 37 times more likely to be permanently excluded than Indian girls, who had the lowest rate of exclusion.’
Following last year’s ‘They Never Give Up On You’ report of the inquiry into school exclusions, the Children’s Commissioner has published this report on ‘Reducing Inequalities In School Exclusions’ with recommendations and example of good practice.
“We share Ministers’ conviction that a child’s background should not limit our shared expectations of their achievement. We believe that this holds as true for behaviour as for academic attainment. We therefore recommend that all parts of the education system that disproportionately and adversely affect the most vulnerable children remain priorities for action.”
To read the full report , see the recommendations and examples of good practise follow this link http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_654
Careers advice improvements
A recent report from the National Careers Council which highlights the importance of ‘face-to-face career advice and suggests improvements in careers advise for young people to ensure Equality.
‘The report warns of a disconnect between young people and the world of work, with high levels of youth unemployment reported at a time when employers say they have difficulty recruiting suitably qualified staff.
"It is clear that there is a mismatch between the career aspirations of young people and the reality of the jobs market," says Dr Hughes.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock says the report sets out an "ambitious new path for how careers guidance needs to progress".
There are also concerns that a lack of accessible careers information is a significant barrier to social mobility, with advice much more widely available to wealthy, well-connected youngsters.
Kick Start Launch New Heroes Programme
Kick Start are launching their new Heroes Programme part 2 for Yr10 & Yr11 specifically directed at tackling the above.
Kick Start will be working in collaboration with Bristol University and UWE. Launch date is Sept 2013.