WIREDGOV NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
|Vital for the economy and UK’s future|
Measures to give teachers the support they need to teach pupils ICT skills such as coding, computer programming and cyber security has been announced.
Organisations are invited to run the first ever National Centre of Computing Science Education, the School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has announced.
The national centre, along with 40 leading schools across the country, will help improve teaching of the computing curriculum and is supported by a new programme which will train up to 8,000 computing teachers on the latest digital skills – that is enough to ensure every secondary school in England has a teacher who can support pupils to succeed.
The digital sectors contributed £118bn to the economy in 2015 and an estimated 1.2m more people with specialist digital skills are needed by 2022. By ensuring the next generation has the technological skills we need we can help to maintain the UK’s position as a leading global digital economy.This sees the process of finding a supplier begin, and work on the National Centre is expected to start during autumn 2018, with the first training available in the 2018/19 academic year.
DfE: Giving teachers the support they need to teach pupils skills such as coding, computer programming & cyber security
Much more than one step ahead of the class now
One hopes the training will include how to stay ‘cyber-secure’
‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’, our prosperous future depends on our digital skills
Not so surprising then that its having an increasing impact on politics
National Lottery boost for young digital leaders changing communities
Celebrating digital skills in Welsh teaching
New drive to connect Welsh pupils with coding – Kirsty Williams
341 schools set to get superfast broadband thanks to £5m of funding
New term means digital skills on par with reading & maths in Welsh curriculum – Kirsty Williams
Computer science teachers invited for “Phish ‘N’ Chips” at CAS Conference
techUK Calls for National Digital Skills Map to stop the UK Falling Behind
New plans to embed digital competence into curriculum
Extracurricular cyber clubs to inspire and identify tomorrow’s cyber security professionals
|Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:|
techUK's Data Protection Bill Briefing Update ~ DCMS: Will you be ready for GDPR before 25 May?
IWF: Public Interest Registry joins the Internet Watch Foundation
|SME Supplier Locator update...|
UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.
Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.
Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:
Click here to find out more.
|Having a baby creates physiological & mental changes|
NHS England has confirmed that new & expectant mums will be able access specialist perinatal mental health community services in every part of the country by April next year.
The health service is now spending £23m rolling out the second wave of community perinatal services to underserved parts of the country and is on course to achieve full geographical coverage, when as recently as 2014 it was estimated that only 3% of the country had good access to perinatal mental health care.
Specialist community perinatal mental health teams can offer psychiatric & psychological assessments and care for women with complex or severe mental health problems during the perinatal period. They can also provide pre-conception advice for women with a current or past severe mental illness who are planning a pregnancy.Practical new guidance has also been published to help local health care systems as they put their plans into action and support community teams to deliver high quality and safe care. One in 5 women will experience a mental health problem during their pregnancy and in the first year after birth, with depression and anxiety disorders being the most common.
NHS England pledges specialist mental health services for new mums in every part of the country by April 2019
NICE: Antenatal & postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance
NHS Confed: Perinatal mental health investment will make enormous difference to many families, says Mental Health Network
EHRC: Manchester employers unite to support pregnant women and new parents
NHS England: The Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways
Not always ‘just a bundle of joy’
|Editor’s choice of other Health related items of note:|
NHS England to fast track clinical trials and improve access for patients
DHSC: New system launched to help measure & prevent medication errors
PC&PE: Credible plan to sustain underfunded care sector needed this year
|Editorial Commentary; The HoL needs to explain why they haven’t apparently highlighted these points of negotiation in their debates!|
This week we highlight a well-argued report from Think Tank Policy Exchange, which brings into question just how ‘impartial’ the ‘Remainer Peers’ in the HoL are in their examination of the RoI / NI border issues of Brexit.
According to PX, the Irish border is not the insoluble obstacle to Brexit negotiations that it has been made out to be and the UK can leave the single market & customs union while preserving a frictionless border in Ireland.
This can be achieved by the use of new technology and in the context of a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU, in an arrangement that goes beyond the Customs Partnership and in no way threatens the Good Friday Agreement.If you don’t have time to read the whole PX report, please at least read the Foreword by; Lord Trimble - Former FM of Northern Ireland and the Key Recommendations of the Summary.
PX: Getting Over the Line - Solutions to the Irish border
Irish shipping to bypass British ports after Brexit
BfB: A New UK-EU Free-Trade Agreement – David Collins
Canada to launch new border security app that could go global - CBC.ca
Editorial Commentary: We know it could work, but we don’t want you to gain your ‘freedom’ to do trade deals or stop having to contribute £bns to the EU!
More contributions to the Brexit process
Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:
Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our negotiations for a new partnership with the EU)
DExEU: Topics for discussions on the Future Framework at forthcoming meetings
BEIS: Developing a UK-Ireland higher education and research partnership
Defra: New environment law to deliver a Green Brexit
PC&PE: Brexit: food prices and availability report published by Committee
PX: Getting Over the Line - Solutions to the Irish border
IEA: Brexit can improve UK’s financial services industry, argues new report
BfB: British Policy and Russia after Brexit
In Supporting Brexit, Labour Rediscovered Its Radical Tory Socialist Tradition
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