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December Prayer Diary

Prayer Diary December 2018

Saturday 1st Dec

For Clive Ireson, Director of ACT

Sunday 2nd Dec

For all Christians that we may be ready for Christ’s return.

Monday 3rd Dec

For ACT Board of Trustees.

Tuesday 4th Dec

For all who work in the Department for Education.

Wednesday 5th Dec

For primary schools as they prepare their Christmas   concerts/services.

Thursday 6th Dec

For Christian governors.

Friday 7th Dec

For UK Christian teachers working abroad.

Saturday 8th Dec

For school and college chaplains.

Sunday 9th Dec

For those in your church involved in education.

Monday 10th Dec

For Dawn Williams, ACT Administrator.

Tuesday 11th Dec

For volunteers taking assemblies in schools.

Wednesday 12th Dec

For a pupil/student you know.

Thursday 13th Dec

For Barbara Bell, Chair of ACT.

Friday 14th Dec

For your local secondary school.

Saturday 15th Dec

For a Christian teacher you know.

Sunday 16th Dec

For church and school leaders.

Monday 17th Dec

For those in schools who are struggling with their faith.

Tuesday 18th Dec

For pupils/students with mental health issues.

Wednesday 19th Dec

For children/young people in hospital.

Thursday 20th Dec

For Christian youth and schools workers.

Friday 21st Dec

For Christian teachers struggling in their school setting.

Saturday 22nd Dec

For spiritual refreshment for all staff in the school holidays.

Sunday 23rd Dec

For children attending special services held in churches today.

Monday 24th Dec

For looked after children and those who care for them.

Tuesday 25th Dec

Praise God for the birth of our Saviour.

Wednesday 26th Dec

For Christian teachers in Malawi.

Thursday 27th Dec

For Clive Ireson, Director of ACT.

Friday 28th Dec

For ministers in the Department for Education.

Saturday 29th Dec

For children and young people who are sad at this time of year.

Sunday 30th Dec

For Barbara Bell, Chair of ACT.

Monday 31st Dec

For each of us as we prepare for the New Year.










Minded to terminate letter - Steiner Academy Exeter.


Minded to Terminate Letter to the Members and Trustees of the Steiner Academy Exeter

Steiner Academy Exeter was judged to require improvement by Ofsted on 28 June 2017. My office has subsequently been informed of significant concerns about safeguarding, governance, and provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). As the Regional Schools Commissioner acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, I need to be satisfied that this academy has the governance capacity to ensure the safety of its pupils and deliver rapid and sustained improvement.

You may take this letter to constitute a written notice on behalf of the Secretary

Read the detail.

Colleges receive funding boost to raise standards.

Thirty six colleges across England will receive funding totalling £5.5 million to help drive up standards, Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced today.

Successful colleges from the first round of the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF) will receive a total of £5.5m between them from the overall £15m fund.

The colleges will work with a high performing ‘partnering’ college to share their knowledge expertise to help tackle issues – such as raising the standard of teaching or improving learner recruitment and retention.

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New Free Schools and UTCs

Free schools and UTCs: successful applications  

    Details of successful applications for free schools and university technical colleges (UTCs) in the pre-opening stage.

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Students union leaving the National Union of Students.

A students union has voted in a referendum to leave the National Union of Students (NUS).

A total of 519 out of 1,006 members of the University of Plymouth Students' Union (UPSU) voted to end its affiliation with the NUS.

Supporters said UPSU, which sent more than £57,000 to the NUS this year, could get better value for money for students by leaving.

The NUS said: "We intend to listen and we intend to change."

Supporters of the decision to leave the union said "most students do not know what the NUS is, or what it stands for".


They said that UPSU would lose some NUS services such as student discounts but it would save on affiliation fees and training costs.

UPSU president Alex Doyle said there were "significant concerns" by students about value for money from the NUS, as well as "lack of political standing and lack of support".

Read more.

Inquiry into racial harassment at UK universities.

An inquiry into racial harassment at UK universities is being launched.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission says there's a "growing body of evidence" that racism is affecting students and staff at universities.

It pointed to racism as a possible link between the lower qualifications achieved by ethnic minority students, despite more entering higher education.

Students and staff have until 15 February 2019 to submit evidence.

The EHRC is a public body in England and Wales which promotes and enforces equality and non-discrimination laws in the UK.


It hopes the inquiry will show how widespread racism on university campuses is and what can be done to tackle it.

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Criticism of £50m grammar school fund.

Headteachers and campaigners for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have reacted with fury to a government announcement that 16 grammar schools are to split a £50m bonus to create new school places.

Making the announcement on Monday, the education secretary, Damian Hinds, said the 16 schools chosen to receive the additional funding out of 39 applications had been given permission to expand after setting out clear actions to prioritise access for disadvantaged children.

“I have always been clear that selective schools will only be able to expand if they meet the high bar we have set for increasing access for disadvantaged children, and all of these schools have done that,” Hinds said. “As a result, countless more children from disadvantaged areas will benefit from places at outstanding schools.”

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Two thirds of students want say on Brexit.

Two-thirds of students demand a Final Say on the Brexit deal in the largest poll of its kind so far. 

A National Union of Students survey, shared exclusively with The Independent,has revealed three in five students (60 per cent) believe Brexit will not deliver a good deal for them.


And nearly two in three (65 per cent) do not believe their voices and interests have been reflected in the Brexit negotiations, according to the poll of more than 2,000 students.

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Health of next generation at risk.

Leading independent charity the Health Foundation warns future health of the next generation at risk due to lack of opportunities in home towns. 


More than 4 in 5 young people would miss their families, friends and support networks if they moved away from their home town, with a fifth (19%) also missing the sense of belonging they have in their community, says new research.

Despite this, over half (53%) of young people say they have moved or plan to move away, and of these two-thirds (63%) say they do not intend to, or don’t know if they will, return.

The Health Foundation is warning that the core building blocks for a healthy future - a place to call home, potential for secure and rewarding work, and supportive relationships with their friends, family and community - are too often forgotten.

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Fortnite game and children's behaviour.

Several schools have written to parents with concerns over Fortnite - saying it's changing kid's behaviour and creating 'anger, aggression, attitude and bad language’.

The multiplayer online game pits players against 99 others in a frantic fight for survival, where the last gamer standing is the winner.

Read more.


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