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BBC seeks the authors of tomorrow

The BBC Young Writers' Award 2017 is open for submissions and is looking for stories up to 1,000 words from young people aged 14 to 18. The closing date is 21 April.

This year's judges include radio presenter Alice Levine, author and journalist Holly Bourne, and Nikesh Shukla, editor of Rife Magazine.

The award is open to young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK. The judges are looking for a short story of up to 1000 words on any topic that shows imagination and creativity.

The five shortlisted stories will be announced on Saturday 30 September 2017 and the overall winner of the BBC Young Writers' Award 2017 will be announced at an awards ceremony broadcast live on Radio 4's Front Row on 3rd October 2017.

For further information visit: http://www.turn2page1.com/index.php?zone=te&page=news_full&id=2902

Young people now willing to do whatever it takes to look good

New research released on 17/01/2017 by YMCA England as part of the Be Real campaign has revealed some shocking facts about body anxiety in secondary school pupils across the UK.

The new report sampled 2,018 young people between the ages of 11-16 and found that 52% have low body confidence and often worry about their appearance. Furthermore, 36% of young people would do ‘whatever it takes’ to look good - including cosmetic surgery.

For further information visit: http://www.ymca.co.uk/health-and-wellbeing/news/young-people-now-willing...

Literacy score - mapping literacy need across England

The literacy score is a new measure of literacy vulnerability which the National Literacy Trust has developed with Experian. Together they have created constituency literacy rankings which measure literacy need in every electoral ward and in each parliamentary constituency in England.

Launched in February 2017, each constituency’s literacy score is built on Experian’s data expertise and the NLTs understanding of the socioeconomic factors most closely associated with low literacy, including levels of education, income and unemployment.

For further information visit: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/campaigns-policy/literacy-score-mapping-...

Foundation Online Learning

The Foundation Online Learning environment is for you if you are working in the UK education and training sector. Here you will find online learning programmes to support you in improving organisational performance and learning delivery.

You can self-register and create your own login. Once you are logged in, to enrol on a programme select the category you are interested in which will reveal what is available. Choose your desired programme and you will be prompted to enrol.

Visit: https://www.foundationonline.org.uk/

Bristish Science Week 10th - 19th March 2017

To find out how you can get involved and what's on visit: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/

How to help all children do better at maths: primary and early years report from Fair Education Alliance

A report from the Fair Education Alliance identifies what primary schools and early years settings can do to help improve the numeracy of children from the least privileged backgrounds.

Visit: http://www.faireducation.org.uk/

National Literacy Trust launches new short story competition with Bloomsbury

The Short Story Prize 2017, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, is set to unearth brilliant new talent in children’s writing across the UK.

The writing competition challenges unpublished authors to capture children’s imaginations with a short story that gives a well-known fairy tale a modern twist. Entries should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words, aimed at children aged 8 to 12.

The top 10 stories will be published in an eBook anthology by Bloomsbury, the renowned publishers of titles by J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman and Louis Sachar.

This year’s competition, which follows the success of the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 and the Poetry Prize 2016, will be judged by representatives from the National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Publishing.

Early bird entry fee (until midnight 31 March 2017) for first submissions is £15. After this, full first entry is £30 (subsequent submissions £15). The competition closes at midnight on 25 June 2017.

For further information visit: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/7682_we_launch_new_short_story_comp...

Quick Reads and Unionlearn team up to address the UKs reading deficit

The new Quick Reads books, published on 2nd February 2017, are being used as part of a campaign run by Unionlearn to bring the proven benefits of reading for pleasure to workplaces across the UK.

For further information visit: https://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/quick-reads-and-unionlearn-team-...

BBC Comedy Classroom - Submit your pupils jokes by 28th February 2017

The entry deadline is fast approaching for the BBC Red Nose Day Comedy Classroom competition. Open to children aged 6 to 12, there are resources to support teachers to introduce their pupils to comedy writing. Find out more and enter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03hfdlv

Family Reading Selfies - Read Manchester is calling on dads across the City to spend time reading with their children in the new year and support the campaign by posting 'reading selfies'.

Research shows that dads have an important impact on their children’s reading behaviours and attitudes, particularly for boys.

Read Manchester is calling on dads across the City to spend time reading with their children in the new year and support the campaign by posting 'reading selfies'.

How to get involved:

Make time to read with your child
Take a picture as you enjoy reading together
Post your picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #ReadMCR
Encourage your friends and family to take part too!

We will be sharing the best pictures on the Read Manchester website and there will be chance to win great prizes including books and family tickets to watch the Manchester Giants.