Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

SC: The Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines which includes Update 9 (the update on the Victim Surcharge) are now available to download.
Press release & links
 
Monitor: On 1 October 2012, changes to the way the cap on the private patient income of NHS foundation trusts is enforced came into operation as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  Monitor has written to the chairs and chief executives of each of the 144 foundation trusts in England outlining how these new arrangements will affect them.
Press release ~ Read the letter sent from Dr David Bennett to all foundation trust Chairs & Chief Executives
 
RoSPA: A new online Resource Profiler has been launched to help support the practical safety & risk education work of the LASER Alliance, its members and those involved in producing resources.   The LASER Alliance, which is hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and sponsored by the Gas Safety Trust, brings together a range of UK-based organisations and individuals that believe in children & young people “learning about safety by experiencing risk” (from where the acronym “LASER” is drawn).  
 
The interactive profiler is designed to be of maximum benefit to those working on the development stages of child safety education resources.  It helps to identify the resources’ strengths and shares effective practice to promote risk competence.  The profiler can also be used to ascertain resources that may need to be developed in the future, as well as assessing which resources may compliment those already in place or which are about to be purchased.  
Press release & links
 
EHRC: The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a brand new careers education resource for primary school children in England: Equal Choices, Equal Chances.  Developed by the Commission, together with a panel of education & careers experts, and tested in primary schools, the FREE toolkit for Key Stage 2 teachers helps to challenge any stereotypical ideas which pupils may already have started to form around the world of work.
Press release & links
 
MO: The Met Office supports the Department for Education through the provision of multi-media resources, information & lesson plans relating to meteorology for both teachers & pupils from Key Stages 1 through to 4.
 
To enhance MO resources they have now produced a new series of weather videos & experiments.  The videos range from how to measure rainfall to simple experiments which create clouds, explain friction and demonstrate weather fronts. The Met Office will also be hosting a series of FREE video conferences for schools & colleges in England from November 2012 to March 2013.
Press release & links
Our recent Community Testing success for Local Authorities