This Week's News 01.09.17

Where has your hairdressing apprenticeship taken you?

If you've looked at our website recently, you'll see that we've uploaded videos of apprentices who have gone on to do great things. Don't be shy about sharing your success story - you worked hard and you deserve the honour of having the opportunity to shout it from the rooftops! Share your story with us and you could be our next website star!

Young people to benefit from new mental health awareness course

Mental health issues disproportionately affect young people, with over half of mental health problems starting by the age of 14 and 75 per cent by the age of 18. The course will be developed with mental health experts and NCS (National Citizen Service) graduates and be delivered as part of the organisation's programme to prepare young people for the challenges of adult life and work.  The new mental health initiative being delivered by NCS, which is fully funded by the government, builds further on the Prime Minister's existing commitment to improve mental health training within schools. The first training sessions for secondary school teachers and staff on how to identify and respond to the early signs of mental health problems began in June. All secondary schools will be offered this training by 2020, and all primary schools by 2022.

GCSEs - the new grading scale

With GCSE results coming out last month, we thought you might like to have another look at Ofqual's short film which is all about the new 9 to 1 GCSE grading scale... view video

Tens of thousands more students will need to resit English GCSEs

Over 40,000 more students may need to resit their English GCSE next year than did this year, after failing to achieve the required grade 4 in the reformed... Read more

GCSE resits 2017: sharp fall in maths results but English improves

Just under a quarter of the older students resitting their maths GCSEs achieved grades of A* to C this year, a sharp fall of 5.1 percentage points. In... Read more

English and Maths GCSE resit results 2017

Here are the results for all candidates aged 17 and over in the UK who sat GCSE Maths, English language and English literature in summer 2017. These are the... Read more

Trans employees need better support at work, says Acas

Managers are failing to support trans employees as much as they could in the workplace, a study by Acas has found. Its research, in conjunction with the Institute for Employment Studies, discovered that many employers were unaware of the scope of the law on gender reassignment discrimination - putting some trans employees at risk of unfair treatment at work. A lack of knowledge - particularly when it came to the experiences of non-binary, gender non-conforming or intersex staff - also led to low levels of confidence in line managers to deal with any issues. In response to this, Acas has produced new guidance on supporting trans people at work and on avoiding gender assignment discrimination.

Date for your diary

Next Partner Salon Network meeting
Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017
Time 6.00-8.30 pm (registration and refreshments from 5.30 pm)
Venue: School of Management Building, University of Surrey, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford GU2 7XH
Further details: please speak with your ITS Trainer/Assessor or call us on 02392 591666


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