Reminder: don’t miss Parliament’s Education Service’s competitions!

Just in case you didn’t see this info earlier this month….you need to get cracking on the first item NOW! The deadline for entries is 14 February.

Here’s a message from Parliament’s Education Service – aimed at teachers, students/pupils (from age 4 to 19).  MP’s offices please spread the word.

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 This month Parliament’s Education Service is getting competitive!

From 6 January 2014 entries can be submitted to our Lights, Camera, Parliament! competition which asks young people aged 7-16 to tell Parliament what new law they would introduce in the UK in a short film, script or storyboard. The competition website offers great resources for young people and teachers, including lesson plans, technical tips and templates and all the previous entries to help participants prepare their entries. You’ll also find regularly updated inspiration pieces and blogs which young people have already been busy commenting on, sharing their views on education, crime and getting their voice heard as they start to think about what law they would make.

The closing date for entries is 14 February 2014 and this year’s winners will be invited to an awards day including a tour of Parliament, an opportunity to speak to Members about their law and a showcasing event for all the winning entries at the British Film Institute.

On 13 January 2014, the fifth annual Speaker’s School Council Awards  launches. We want School Councils to tell us about a school or student council project that has made a difference in their school or community. Big or small, it doesn’t matter; what matters is that the School Council’s efforts led to a positive change. For more information on the competition and how to enter, check out the Speakers School Council Awards website you can also find details of previous years’ winners.

This year winners will be invited to Parliament to attend an awards ceremony in the Speaker’s Apartments where they will be presented with a trophy by Mr Speaker. All School Councils that enter will receive a certificate for taking part and a web badge that can be displayed on their school websites to celebrate their hard work. The Speaker’s School Council Awards is open to all schools and colleges across the UK, winning projects will be chosen from four age categories: Infant (4-7); Junior (7-11); Secondary (11-16) and Young Adult (16-19). The closing date for entries is 30 April 2014.

We would welcome your assistance in promoting our competitions to young people, schools and youth groups in your local area. If you would like more information, please contact the Education Service on 020 7219 5207 or education@parliament.uk

Year Here Social Leadership Programme – applications due by 3 Feb

From time to time we come across an organisation we think will be of interest to W4MP regulars.  Here’s one: Year Here Social Leadership Programme.

If what they are offering does appeal to you and you want to apply, don’t contact us – get in touch with them via http://yearhere.org/welcome/.

Good luck….and HURRY – applications close on 3 February for the 2014 programme!

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yearhere

We’re looking for the best and brightest graduates to tackle London’s toughest social challenges.

You’ll serve in demanding frontline roles; learn from top social entrepreneurs and work alongside leading institutions including the Cabinet Office, Teach First and Citizens UK.

We set the bar high.

Our fellows must have the courage, vision and audacity to create a better society. Over nine months you’ll be challenged to:

  • Serve in tough frontline roles. Your first four months will be spent in schools, care homes, and homeless shelters, understanding first-hand the daily realities of people living at the margins of society.
  • Develop leadership, professional and creative skills. Throughout the programme you’ll be mentored by our remarkable faculty of social entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy makers. Our curriculum includes financial modelling, public speaking, and design methods.
  • Make a tangible impact. By the autumn, you’ll be delivering a consulting project to national charities, corporates or government; and developing a working social enterprise.

The programme will close with Grad Fest, a chance to showcase your work and network with employers and partners. You’ll gain a Year Here diploma, and endorsements from key industry leaders.

We believe in innovators, agitators and doers, not just cogs in the system.

If you are idealistic but critical; curious and brave; and want to take a rigorous approach to real issues – apply now.

Here’s the link: http://yearhere.org/welcome/.  Applications close at midnight on the 3rd of February.

‘Lords Digital Chamber’ website launched

A new website has been launched to make what’s going on with the Lords more accessible by connecting all of the social media used by the Lords to one base. This provides the public with a comprehensive, real-time view all current social media activity by Peers.

The website connects the Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts of Peers, their blogs, and a page listing all contributing Peers.

You can see the Lords Digital Chamber here.

House of Lords debates the Civil Service

Members of the House of Lords, including three former heads of the civil service, a former head of the diplomatic service and a former deputy prime minister, will debate the future of the civil service on Thursday 16 January.

This is a general debate, which usually take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to discuss current issues and draw the government’s attention to concerns.

The Institute for Government has published a briefing paper which may be of interest.

Latest POSTnotes from the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published the following POSTnotes:

Electricity Demand-Side Response
Demand-Side Response describes electricity users (the demand side) changing their patterns of use in response to incentives. It is one of several options eligible for Government support introduced by the 2013 Energy Act. This POSTnote outlines DSR, how it is provided, its role for the UK and its potential future development.

 

Epigenetics and Health
Epigenetics refers to a range of factors that regulate the activity of genes. Such factors can contribute to a host of human diseases from cancer to mental illness and knowledge of epigenetics may help to reduce disease risk in ageing populations. This POSTnote examines how recent advances in this field can be used to develop new treatments, inform public health policy, and contribute to the UK economy.

 

Special Educational Needs
In 2013, one in five pupils in England were identified as having special educational needs (SEN). The Children and Families Bill will reform the provision available for these children and young people. This POSTnote summarises the nature and diversity of SEN and discusses the support and outcomes for affected children and their families.

 

Minimising the harms of khat
The Government has announced its decision to control the herbal stimulant khat as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Dugs Act 1971. Earlier this year, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) found insufficient evidence of khat as a cause of harms to justify a ban. This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the impact of khat on health and possible social harms in the UK and comparable international experiences of legislation and control.

 

Urban Green Infrastructure
Urban green infrastructure is a network of green spaces, water and other natural features within urban areas. A green infrastructure approach uses natural processes to deliver multiple functions, such as reducing the risk of flooding and cooling high urban temperatures. This POSTnote summarises research evidence of the effectiveness of green infrastructure, and challenges to its implementation.

 

Negative Emissions Technologies
If emissions of greenhouse gases are not sufficiently mitigated, it may become necessary to artificially accelerate the rate at which they are removed from the atmosphere in order to restrict global warming. This POSTnote provides an overview of some technologies that could remove atmospheric CO2 and summarises the environmental, social and economic issues they raise.

 

Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment – POST Note
Disease causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic drug treatment. Diseases once controlled by antibiotics are re-emerging as serious risks to human health. This POSTnote outlines the hazards posed by resistant bacteria, the sources of resistance in the environment and measures that may reduce these risks globally.

The main POST website is: www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/.

If you would like further information on these briefings please contact post@parliament.uk or 020 7219 8377.

Child Maintenance Q&A and briefings

DWP Minister Steve Webb is hosting a Q&A session to explain the forthcoming changes to Child Maintenance.

Date: Monday 20 January 2014

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Venue: Committee Room 7

For further information, please contact Joe Stacey on 020 7340 4323.

If Members and/or their staff would like to attend any of the following briefings, please can they RSVP as soon as possible to CMG.STRATEGICBRIEFING@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

The DWP will also be holding Child Maintenance Policybriefings for constituency staff across the country from the end of January:

London & South East Region, London, Friday 24 January 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

East of England Region, Norwich, Tuesday 28 January 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

North East Region, Newcastle, Wednesday 29 January 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

Scotland, Falkirk, Thursday 30 January 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

North West Region, Birkenhead, Friday 31 January 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

South West Region, Plymouth, Tuesday 4 February 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

Wales, Cardiff, Wednesday 5 February 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

Midlands Region, Dudley, Thursday 6 February 2014 – 11:00 to 13:00

Sense4us tool collects and analyses data to inform policy.

The fine people at the Hansard Society have written to tell us about Sense4us, a new tool being developed at research centres across Europe that will collect information to give policy makers the most recent data and most recent, applicable information on public opinion and ongoing discussions. According to their writeup, the project will ‘create a toolkit that will support information gathering, analyzing and policy modelling in real-time’.

The British government proposes to  use Sense4us as a means to make us of the huge amount of data currently available and always growing. It will enable policy makers to access quickly and efficiently the most current information relevant to the policy they are examining; and long-term, the one of the aims is that the Sense4us tool will be able to use this array of data to ‘simulate the consequences and impact of potential policies‘, allowing policy-makers thereby to adapt their plans for the best results. It could be the first small step towards Isaac Asimov’s vision of psychohistory!

For more information, see the Hansard Society here, and the Sense4us website here.

Competitions from Parliament’s Education Service

Here’s a message from Parliament’s Education Service – aimed at teachers, students/pupils (from age 4 to 19).  MP’s offices please spread the word.

* * * * *

 This month Parliament’s Education Service is getting competitive!

From 6 January 2014 entries can be submitted to our Lights, Camera, Parliament! competition which asks young people aged 7-16 to tell Parliament what new law they would introduce in the UK in a short film, script or storyboard. The competition website offers great resources for young people and teachers, including lesson plans, technical tips and templates and all the previous entries to help participants prepare their entries. You’ll also find regularly updated inspiration pieces and blogs which young people have already been busy commenting on, sharing their views on education, crime and getting their voice heard as they start to think about what law they would make.

The closing date for entries is 14 February 2014 and this year’s winners will be invited to an awards day including a tour of Parliament, an opportunity to speak to Members about their law and a showcasing event for all the winning entries at the British Film Institute.

On 13 January 2014, the fifth annual Speaker’s School Council Awards  launches. We want School Councils to tell us about a school or student council project that has made a difference in their school or community. Big or small, it doesn’t matter; what matters is that the School Council’s efforts led to a positive change. For more information on the competition and how to enter, check out the Speakers School Council Awards website you can also find details of previous years’ winners.

This year winners will be invited to Parliament to attend an awards ceremony in the Speaker’s Apartments where they will be presented with a trophy by Mr Speaker. All School Councils that enter will receive a certificate for taking part and a web badge that can be displayed on their school websites to celebrate their hard work. The Speaker’s School Council Awards is open to all schools and colleges across the UK, winning projects will be chosen from four age categories: Infant (4-7); Junior (7-11); Secondary (11-16) and Young Adult (16-19). The closing date for entries is 30 April 2014.

We would welcome your assistance in promoting our competitions to young people, schools and youth groups in your local area. If you would like more information, please contact the Education Service on 020 7219 5207 or education@parliament.uk