Erasmus+ Funding

David thought you would be interested to learn more about the British Council’s Erasmus+ funding that is available for organisations in Aylesbury.  

“Erasmus+ funding enables participants from the UK to go abroad study, work, volunteer, teach or train. Every year, Erasmus+ funds around 16,000 UK higher education students to benefit from a study or work placement abroad, 6,000 UK vocational education and training students to benefit from a work placement abroad, and 5,000 young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, to benefit from a volunteering experience abroad.

“The funding is open to schools, further and higher education, adult education and youth organisations. Funding covers a range of activities, from vocational training placements to collaborative research, from joint projects between schools to training for youth workers, and is delivered across the UK by the British Council and Ecorys. Students and young people that take part in Erasmus+ face lower unemployment; are more likely to gain management positions, and have higher academic attainment.

“The next deadlines for applications are 21 March for exchanging best practice in education and training and 26 April for all youth sector activities." 

You can learn more about Erasmus+ here. 

Diary and Campaigns

This week David welcomed the announcement of a new school proposal. The school will be on the former Quarrendon site. For more information about this proposal and a chance to get involved click here.

David also released an update on the Bovis Homes development after being contacted by a number of residents. For more information or to see the update click here.


From the Diary

On Friday, David was briefed on how Action 4 Youth's Inspiration Programme will give new opportunities for young people in Bucks.

David also met with Trailblazers CEO John Shepherd to talk about their work on prisoner rehabilitation. In David's constituency, trailblazers help mentor young offenders in HMYOY Aylesbury.

David also had a chance to discuss planning, housing and transport issues with the new Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Buckinghamshire director Louise Hartley. 


Campaigns

David thought you might be interested in seeing his responses to national policy campaigns he has received this week.

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In response to 'Bring Europe's Unaccompanied Refugee Children to the UK Now' 

Britain has a proud record of helping the most vulnerable children who are fleeing conflict and danger, and this Government is committed to upholding this fine tradition.

Our response to the migrant crisis has been to establish resettlement schemes from the region, where we can best target our support to help the most vulnerable. That is why we will resettle 20,000 Syrians over the course of this parliament and we will also resettle 3,000 children and their families from the wider region. In the last year we have granted asylum or another form of leave to over 8,000 children and of the over 4,400 individuals resettled through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme so far, around half are children.

In addition to commitment described above, the Government has announced that in accordance with section 67 of the Immigration Act (the so-called Dubs amendment) we will transfer 350 children to meet the intention and spirit behind the amendment.  This number includes over 200 children already transferred under section 67 from France, and will include a further 150 over the coming months.

The scheme has not closed, as reported by some. We were obliged by the Immigration Act to put a specific number on how many children we would take based on a consultation with local authorities about their capacity. This is the number that we have published and we will now be working in Greece, Italy and France to transfer further children under the amendment. We’re clear that behind these numbers are children and it’s vital that we get the balance right between enabling eligible children to come to the UK as quickly as possible and ensuring local authorities have capacity to host them and provide them with the support and care they will need.

The Government has also always been clear that we do not want to incentivise perilous journeys to Europe, particularly by the most vulnerable children.  That is why children must have arrived in Europe before 20 March 2016 to be eligible under section 67 of the Immigration Act.

I’m proud of the action this Government has taken, and will continue to take, to support and care for the most vulnerable children caught up in the crisis in Syria.


David welcomes new school proposal

David has welcomed the proposal from St Michael's Catholic school to open a new school on the former Quarrendon site in Aylesbury. The new school will help provide for the growing number of school aged children in Buckinghamshire. The school will initially open with four classes of 30 children in year 7 and intends to build up to 6 classes per year.

The proposal is currently in a consultation phase. You can respond at this link.

Political Studies Association's School's Short Video Competition

I thought you might be interested to see the below email that I received about a competition that the Political Studies Association (PSA) is holding for students:

"As part of our programme of activities to engage young people in politics, we hold an annual short film competition which is open to post-16 students who will be studying during the academic year 2016-17. 

This year’s competition is entitled: ‘Do you have to be Superman/Superwoman to be US President?’

A promotional poster can be found online here:

https://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2016%20Student%20Video%20Competition%20-%20Advert.pdf

The competition continues to be popular and this year it is kindly sponsored by YouGov.  The winning team will receive their award at the PSA’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Westminster. On top of this, the winning students will each be invited to spend a week volunteering with and shadowing the YouGov political team during their school holidays."

Woodland Trust

I thought you might like to be aware that the Woodland Trust is launching a new scheme to offer trees to primary schools which your school may be eligible for.

The scheme will be providing schools which successfully apply with free trees and help with planting them to make the school and their local community greener.

The closing date is the 9th of September and schools can apply via the Woodland Trust here: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/in-your-community/apply-for-a-school-tree-pack/

The 10th summer Teachers' Institute course at Parliament

Parliament's Education Service have announced they will be hosting the 10th summer Teachers' Institute course in Westminster from 4 - 8 July and they are now accepting applications. The course is a unique opportunity for teachers to experience Parliament, events will include Q&A sessions with Members of the Commons and the Lords as well as talks given by subject specialists on aspects of the National Curriculum.

The course is free of charge and transport and accommodation will be covered for all delegates. Applications are welcome from teachers and other professionals who work with Children aged 7 - 18 across Citizenship, Politics, Law, History and other related subjects.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 1 April.

Please see the letter below for further details.