Over the next few weeks the Stars in our Schools website stars in our schools website will be packed with resources for schools and staff – there is always a ‘Nominate a star competition’ where people can win shopping vouchers, there is a great presence on social media in the run up to the day Unison in schools on twitter and facebook and also £250 available for schools who might also want to put on a ‘learning event’ as part of their celebration
As a branch we also visit as many schools as we can with goodies for our members. To arrange a visit please contact Kimberly Convery at the address below:
Convenor – Learning and Schools
Gateshead Local Government Branch
Gateshead Civic Centre
APSE Service Awards 2019
Gateshead Council is delighted to announce that two of our services have been shortlisted as finalists at this year’s APSE Service Awards. These awards recognise the very best in local government frontline services across the UK.
Speaking about the awards APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said “Local councils do great work but too often they are the unsung heroes of public services. These awards are about celebrating the hard work and achievements of frontline services, and the local government workforce delivering them. These services and local initiatives make a real difference to local places and local people. Congratulations to all the finalists”.
The winners will be announced at APSE Annual Charity Awards Dinner, in aid of Parkinson’s UK on Thursday 12th September 2019 which is being held in Newcastle.
The Gateshead finalists this year are:
Best Service Team: Catering Service – Gateshead School Catering
Best Service Team: Facilities Management & Building Cleaning Service – Building Cleaning Service
We wish both services the best of luck and will let you know if they are successful winners in September.
Schools Support and Development Programme 2019/20
LOOK OUT FOR: The New 2019-20 Schools Support and Development Programme booklet which will be in schools in July! An electronic copy is attached to this news article or you can find it on the educationGateshead service page
Courses are available to book…. NOW!
Our newest NQT LA Induction Training Programme is now available to book for 2019-20; visit the training section to find out more...
Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it's free to take part!
The Summer Reading Challenge starts on Saturday 13 July and runs until September.
The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and mini challenges, and play games. Please click here for the website
Value of Vaccines
Value of vaccines
Communications campaign briefing
England is a world leader in childhood vaccination, with one of the most comprehensive programmes in the world. Our data show that, although coverage remains high, children’s vaccine uptake has been slowly decreasing since 2012-13, meaning that children have missed out and may remain vulnerable to serious or even fatal infections.
Recently, there has been increased political and media focus on this decline, with the media speculating that anti-vaccine groups and messaging may be having an impact on the programme. The more media and others talk about this issue and the more airtime anti-vaccine groups are given, the more the focus on this as the cause of the decline is seen to be true.
Evidence from PHE’s attitudinal surveys suggests that parental confidence in the national immunisation programme is at an all-time high. There is currently no evidence that anti-vaccine activity has had a major impact on vaccine coverage in England. The main reasons for the decline in coverage are therefore thought to be related to delivery by local primary care providers and accessibility.
While parents may be exposed to anti-vaccine content on social media, PHE research shows that they are far more likely to trust the NHS and their healthcare professional than what they see on social media. The main sources of information regarding immunisation used by parents are leaflets (60%) and the Red Book (50%). Three times as many parents cite use of leaflets than online sources (20%). Only 4% of parents decline one of the many vaccines offered to their children.
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