Its world mental health day. We all have Mental health and it is just as important as your Physical health. Did you know that only 1 in 4 young people actually get the support they need?

So remember to be kind to yourself and others. 2 billion people in this pressure filled world of ours suffer from mental health, yet they don’t feel they can share their feelings/ experiences or how to Fight against the stigma.

If you have dealt with mental health issues yourself, what advice would you give to others, who are suffering in silence?

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UPDATE: 

Microsoft has paused the October update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports that some users found their documents disappeared once it was installed.

On its support page, the firm asks affected customers to use their device as little as possible and to phone their local helpline.

It is also asking people who have downloaded the update manually not to install it.

 

The next version of Windows 10 has arrived and is ready to download as a free update complete with new security enhancements, a load of new emoji (157, I am told), something called a Cloud clipboard, a better search facility, better links to your phone and a smarter SwiftKey-powered keyboard.

Microsoft also promise faster and more considerate updates. If you use your computer in a real live situation (e.g., I use it, live on a radio station each day and on stage as a DJ), it will not forcibly update during these critical times.

When can I get it?

Right now, if you manually check for updates through Windows Update. Otherwise it’ll be pushed out to users over the next month or so. The update will take about 2-3 hours of your life. So its best to do this overnight or have a good magazine and a cup of tea ready.

Can I stop the update?

You can delay the update for a certain period, but you won’t be able to stop it indefinitely. Microsoft only supports older versions of Windows for two years or less from release, so the only way to keep using a supported version of Windows is to keep updating, which is crucial for security.

A survey conducted by the ASE Education Group investigates the access that science technicians have to science-specific continuing professional development (CPD).

Whatever our roles, support and CPD play a large part in helping us to feel that we are valued members of a team.

In the September 2017 issue of EiS, a survey of technicians described their concerns about the decreasing numbers of technicians who are currently supporting science departments, and raised a number of issues, including difficulties in recruitment and retention and concerns around the undervaluing by senior leaders of the technicians’ role and expertise (Chandler-Grevatt, 2017).

In the same issue, the crucial role of technicians in the effective delivery of science, and how teachers can best support them, were also highlighted.

A new online survey, carried out in 2018, asked about access to science-specific CPD for technicians. We received 372 responses. This confirmed our belief that access to CPD is limited and identified a number of areas in which science departments and senior leaders can begin to address our concerns. 

(To read about the summary finding and comments regarding this survey visit the EIS (Issue 273) on the ASE website) or P19 of the magazine

Labour is set to announce sweeping reforms to England’s school system at its annual conference on Monday.

In a speech, Angela Rayner will announce plans to curtail the freedoms of academy trusts and put councils in charge of opening new schools and deciding who can go to existing ones.

However, one of the Policies has caught my attention. Those among us who remember the Schools Support Staff Negotiating Body maybe interested in this;

Following on from Labour’s manifesto commitment last year to reintroduce the Schools Support Staff Negotiating Body and a national pay settlement for teachers, Rayner will set out plans tomorrow to implement “national pay rules” across all schools.

The SSSNB was set up by the last Labour Government in 2009 to design consistent support staff roles and pay structures in all schools in place of the shambolic and inefficient 'leave it to each school' approach that had existed before and cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds in equal pay settlements.

Only a year later the coalition government closed the SSSNB down as part of the “bonfire of the quangos” by the then Conservative Education Secretary Michael Gove. This was a callous move that consigned our workforce to exploitation and low pay.

Science Technician – Chemistry or Biology Start date: 5 November 2018 Band 6, full time, term time only

We are seeking to appoint an innovative and enthusiastic individual who has the passion and ability to support high standards of teaching and learning across the subject.

Further information can be found in the Applicant Information Booklet.

Please note that only applications submitted in the School’s application form will be considered. Please download the application form here.

Please submit your completed application form by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 noon on Monday, 8 October 2018.

 

Labexpert UK have developed and produced one of the most easy to use and powerful chemical and equipment stock control system for use around School Science departments. It is currently in use within my own School and saves myself, and technical staff a lot of time and helps with financial planning of stock at the end of the year

The chemical stock control software is based around Microsoft Access which allows flexibility for customizing to one’s own requirements. This makes it easy to use and easy to import information you may already have in MS Excel for example.

It is a powerful yet simple to use system with optional barcode functionality and label printers connectivity.

If you fall ill, you are entitled to take time off work until you recover. There are a number of rules and regulations under the law which determine your rights relating to sickness and leave, and it may benefit you to be fully aware of them.

Your employer should have a policy which explains what to do if you are unable to come to work due to illness. It should include a reporting procedure for letting the right person at work know that you will not be there

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