If you are having difficulty viewing this bulletin, click here to view it online Practitioner Bulletin July 2009 Welcome to the July issue of the Aimhigher practitioner bulletin, which this month includes an update on this years awards, news about the National Aimhigher Conference and information on new personnel at HEFCE. In this issue: Record number of entries received for Aimhigher Awards Social mobility panel report issued National Conference Free science debate packs available to order Roadshow photography added to image library UK Schools Memory Championships Record number of entries received for Latest from the Funders Aimhigher Awards The Aimhigher Awards have seen a record number of entries this year, with over 200 Who’s who at HEFCE – received across all the award categories. details of new WP team Shortlisting took place on 22 July 2009. Those members who have put forward entries will be contacted Hannah Pudner and Louisa individually, as explained in the ‘Information for Baker both join Aimhigher as entrants’ document. Policy Officers. They can be contacted on: Further information about the Awards, email@example.com or including details on this year’s judges, the evening reception and accommodation, will be 0117 931 7351 made available from the website. firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 931 7106 Social mobility panel report issued The Panel on Fair Access to the Professions has Carmen Brown is no longer published its final report. The report was working at HEFCE. Aimee commissioned by the Prime Minister following Lean replaces her as the publication of the New Administrator and can be Opportunities White Paper earlier this year. The contacted on 0117 931 7215 report is available on the Cabinet Office website while national news stories which include or email@example.com. mention of Aimhigher can be found on the practitioner website. National Conference Spotlight on ... London, The theme for the third Annual Aimhigher Conference has been announced as ‘The North Yorkshire & Learner, Society and the Economy: Where Sussex Aimhigher Fits’. It will explore how Aimhigher dovetails with other agendas, such as raising educational attainment, London merger social mobility, community culture/regeneration, London West, London Central developing higher level skills, and economic and London North are competitiveness. merging to form London WECAN. Action on Access is keen to receive London South, London East proposals for workshop topics, and full Thames Gateway and London details are available online. South East (Aspire) all remain Free science debate packs available to individual partnerships. order A range of 'science debate kits' are now available North Yorkshire name for teachers to order (funded by the Wellcome change Trust). These first kits are on IVF and come Aimhigher North Yorkshire is recommended by teachers who've used them. changing its name. From 1st August 2009 it will be known Comms tip from helping students with The kits aid discussion; the as Aimhigher York and North structure, to back up their opinions and see NCRT Yorkshire to better reflect its other people's points of view. They were designed to provide good quality, area. simple-to-use resources for science discussions and have been developed in Aimhigher Sussex consultation with teachers. recruiting Aimhigher Sussex is To order kits (or find out more) please visit the recruiting for a Deputy website. Director. Full details are available online, or call 01273 642849 and quote reference number ST5050. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 4 August 2009. NCRT Comms Tip Roadshow photography added to image library Photography of the Aimhigher Roadshow, showing facilitators in action, is now available on the website. Visit the image library to view the new additions. Do you know who your local MPs are? Speak to the NCRT for information on building closer relationships with MPs and other key stakeholders. You can reach Rod, Becky or Allys on 0117 929 7096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. UK Schools Memory Championships Website of the Month A large number of Aimhigher partnerships and almost 1,700 pupils from 65 schools across http://www.bis.gov.uk – England, Scotland and Wales took part in this find out the latest from the year’s UK Schools Memory Championships. This Department for Business, gives participants an opportunity to learn Innovation and Skills (BIS), techniques to improve their memory skills, boosting their formed following the merger self-esteem and the belief that they have an of DIUS and BERR. ability to learn and recall information. For more information on the Championships Don’t forget! contact Neil Denley or James Paterson at Inspire If you have any comments or Education on 01344 890126, and to request suggestions on the content of the details on getting involved next year visit the practitioner bulletin or website, or any other communications enquiries, website. Further information about Inspire please contact the National Education is available from www.inspire-ed.com. Communications Resource Team (NCRT) on email@example.com or 0117 929 7096.
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