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Number of people training to become England early years teachers plummets

LONDON, November 29—There has been a steep decline in the number of people training to become early ..

LONDON, November 29—There has been a steep decline in the number of people training to become early years teachers, new government figures show. Data released on Thursday shows that only 365 people are embarking on the course – a drop of a third since last year, and a decrease of 84% since 2013/14.

At the same time, new government figures show two in five (43%) children in poverty in England were unable to speak in full sentences, follow basic instructions and express themselves in their first year of primary school.

Official figures reveal a dramatic and persistent gulf between rich and poor. One in four (26%) better-off children are struggling with basic skills at the age of five, meaning there is a 17-percentage point gap between poorer children and their peers across England. This gap has widened slightly since last year (by 0.3%) for the first time in four years.

One of the key ways to help children catch up is high-quality childcare. Yet the number of people obtaining a key qualification that could help narrow this gap between rich and poor has fallen for the fourth year running.

Save the Children has previously identified that there are 11,000nurseries across England that do not employ an early years teacher. In the most disadvantaged areas, where the need is most urgent, 2,000 early years teachers are needed.

To create an enriching and nurturing environment that supports childrens development, nurseries and other childcare settings need a workforce with a mixture of skills, experience and backgrounds, all with key roles to play.

As part of the right mix of skills and expertise, evidence shows that childcare settings led by a graduate early years teacher are able to provide higher-quality care and education. Early years teachers are trained to support childrens early development, and to identify and support those who are struggling. This includes providing parents with help to support their childrens development at home. Evidence shows early years teachers benefit disadvantaged children the most.

Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds recently pledged to halve the number of pupils starting school behind in talking and reading skills by 2028, but earlier this year the government axed a key commitment to address the early years teacher shortage – a decision criticised by charities, schools and nursery leaders.

Save the Childrens Director of UK Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Steven McIntosh, said:

“This steep decline in early years teacher trainees represents a crisis in the childcare workforce. Highly qualified early years teachers play a crucial role in helping children catch up, and are especially needed now with recent figures showing that poorer children are still so much more likely to fall behind by the time they start primary school.

The Governments commitment to close this early learning gap is welcome, but it is failing to invest in what we know works – a highly qualified childcare workforce. Unless the government gets to grips with this staffing crisis, a generation of children are at risk of being left behind.”

The charity has today published a report, It All Starts Here, which reveals that widespread dissatisfaction with pay, status and conditions is driving existing professionals from the sector and deterring people from becoming early years teachers.

Save the Children would like to see the Government address this staffing crisis as a priority and is calling for trial schemes to support recruitment and retention of early years teachers in some of the most disadvantaged parts of England by boosting salaries, especially in the first five years following graduation.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

media@savethechildren.org.uk

0207 012 6841

07831 650 409

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • 57% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a good level of development in 2017-18, compared with 74% of non-disadvantaged pupils – an attainment gap of 17pp. The gap has not changed since last year.
  • The proportion of children achieving a good level of development has increased slightly, with 71.5% of children reaching this, up from 70.7% last year.
  • Nationally, this years figures cover 652,400 children. 28.5% (185,934) failed to achieve a good level of development.
  • Girls do better than boys – 78.4% of girls attained a good level of development, compared with 65% of boys. The gender gap is decreasing, but very slowly, from 13.7 percentage points last year, to 13.5 percentage points this year.
  • Poor children are those who have claimed eligibility for free school meals through a qualifying benefit such as income support or universal credit.
  • This years full EYFSP results can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-results-2017-to-2018
  • This years early years training enrolment figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/initial-teacher-training-trainee-number-census-2018-to-2019
  • There is mounting evidence of a recruitment crisis in early years teachers. Universities have stopped delivering the courses because the numbers are not sustainable. And Parliaments Treasury Select Committee set out major concerns that childcare funding pressures are leaving providers cutting back on higher-qualified staff.
  • Save the Childrens report, It All Starts Here: Tackling the crisis in the early years teacher workforce, draws on 368 survey responses and 51 phone interviews with the early years sector, including early years teachers, course leaders for the EYT programme, academics, and members of the wider early years workforce.
  • Save the Children is calling for the government to invest in recruiting and retaining EYTs in the most disadvantaged areas by:
  1. Trialling early career payments for the first five years of working in private, voluntary, and independent settings in disadvantaged areas mirroring an existing scheme for secondary maths teachers.
  2. Trialling a salary supplement scheme to top up wages, to enable providers to afford the additional cost of employing a graduate.
  3. The government to work with the sector to create an example job description for early years teachers to ensure that settings place graduates in roles where they can have the greatest impact.
  4. The government to work with the sector to establish a national induction resource for all newly qualified early years teachers.

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Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council presents first-ever Medical Travel Media Awards (MTMA) 2018

Recognising excellence in medical travel journalism – Calls for global media entries

KUALA LUMPUR, ..

Recognising excellence in medical travel journalism – Calls for global media entries

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 October 2018 – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), is calling for participation from both international and local journalists, as well as media agencies for the inaugural Medical Travel Media Awards (MTMA) 2018. The prestigious global medical travel journalism award, supported by Supernewsroom, introduced five categories to honour and recognise media organisations and journalists who have contributed towards building awareness of Malaysias medical travel industry.

Speaking at the launch of MTMA 2018, Chief Executive Officer of MHTC, Sherene Azli said the award is part of the agencys purview to raise Malaysias profile as a leading global destination for healthcare.

MTMA 2018 is part of Malaysia Healthcares campaign journey to pave the way towards Malaysia Year of Healthcare Travel 2020 (MYHT2020). Malaysia Healthcare aims to position the nation as the Asian hub for fertility and cardiology, as well as the leading global destination for healthcare travel. This is in line with the countrys aim of achieving RM2.8 billion in revenue with an estimated economic impact of RM10 billion towards the total GDP contribution.

Malaysia is already recognised internationally as a preferred medical travel destination due to its easily accessible, and competitively affordable world-class quality healthcare. Malaysias cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities in the fields of cardiology and fertility have propelled the country into a hub for both these treatments.

“The media has played a significant role through its reporting on Malaysias medical travel industry. MHTC recognises and acknowledges the support given by the media fraternity not only in Malaysia but around the world in our initiative to position Malaysia as a leading global healthcare destination. The awards aim to honour the best in medical travel journalism in categories covering print, television, radio and online,” said Sherene.

A total of five categories will be contested at the Medical Travel Media Awards 2018. The categories are:

  • Medical Travel Media Award (Best Print Feature)
  • Medical Travel Media Award (Best Broadcast Feature)
  • Medical Travel Media Award (Best Online Feature)
  • Medical Travel Journalist of the Year
  • Medical Travel Editorial Team of the Year

For the first three categories, each winner will receive a cash prize of RM8,000 and a trophy. The award criteria will be based on the reporters journalistic flair in providing engaging, thought-provoking feature and insightful reporting. The key element that should be present is the reach or share-ability of the feature on social media platforms.

For the fourth category, Medical Travel Journalist of the Year, the winner will receive a cash prize of RM8,000 and a trophy. This award will be presented to a journalist who has provided the most timely, accurate and original news reporting on Malaysias medical travel industry in any print, broadcast or online media.

Additionally, the winner will also receive a grand prize of a 3-day-2-night Malaysia Healthcare Experience whereby the journalist will get a chance to experience first-hand Malaysia Healthcares services and hospitality.

The highlight of MTMA is the final category which is the Medical Travel Editorial Team of the Year category. The award will be presented to a media outlet that has provided the most insightful analysis of all aspects of Malaysias medical travel industry. The winning team will receive a cash prize of RM10,000 and a trophy. This category will also reward an additional media outlet for the Highly Commended Editorial Team of the Year award where the winning team will receive RM 5,000 and a trophy.

All entries for MTMA will be judged by a team of professionals from the industry and subject matter experts. The winning criterion would encompass an in-depth outlook on the medical travel industry in Malaysia, if the entry has increased the awareness (based on shares and likes on social media) and provided a greater understanding of the countrys medical travel industry, amongst others.

The secretariat is now accepting entries for any articles or broadcast features that were published or aired between 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2019. The deadline for submission is 30 June 2019 and the results are scheduled to be announced at the award presentation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in August 2019. For more information, please visit www.mylovesyou.com/mtma2018.

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For media enquiries:

Shobena Singam

Vice President, Public Relations and Brand Communication

shobena@mhtc.org.my

For more information on healthcare travel:

www.medicaltourismmalaysia.com

+603 2726 8688 (Call Centre)

Medical Travel Media Awards 2018 Secretariat

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Intelectasia Consultancy

PIC: Manminder K. Dhillon

Contact: +603 7726 9277/9377

Email: mtma@intelectasia.com

ABOUT THE MALAYSIA HEALTHCARE TRAVEL COUNCIL

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) is a government agency that has been entrusted with the responsibility of curating the countrys healthcare travel scene. Founded in 2009 to facilitate and grow Malaysias healthcare travel industry under the brand “Malaysia Healthcare” with the intended goal of making Malaysia the leading global healthcare destination. Since then, MHTC has worked to streamline industry players and service providers into a more focused development strategy to raise Malaysias profile in healthcare travel on an international stage. It is an example of a successful model of public-private partnerships (PPP) in growing the healthcare travel sector in Malaysia.

End-to-End Seamless Care

MHTC Call Centre, contactable at 1-800-188-688 (within Malaysia) or at +603 272 68 688 (outside Malaysia), was set up to handle all healthcare travel inquiries. The MHTC Call Centre operates from Mondays to Fridays from 9.00am to 6.00pm (GMT +8).

The MHTC Concierge and Lounge (MCL), which is also integrated with the MHTCs Call Centre, is a one-stop centre that provides healthcare travellers with easy access to all the information needed to have a comfortable and fruitful stay in Malaysia. The MCL has been set up at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Arrival Hall (Gate 8), and the Penang International Airport for:

  • Disseminating healthcare services information;
  • Facilitating information about transport, accommodation, and travel in Malaysia

A team of dedicated personnel will assist with information that caters to each health travellers needs from hospitals and treatment centres to certified doctors, treatment available, accommodation, and all other healthcare travel needs.

Potential healthcare travellers can also obtain information on seeking healthcare in Malaysia including medical treatments, accommodation and travel at these websites:

MHTC Social Media

Malaysia Healthcares Recent Awards & Recognition:

International Living (Global Retirement Index 2015, 2016 and 2017)

  • Malaysia – “Best Country in the World for Healthcare”

International Medical Travel Journal – Medical Travel Awards 2015 – 2018

2018

  • Health and Medical Tourism: Cluster of the Year – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
  • Highly Commended: Health and Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year – Malaysia
  • International Hospital of The Year – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
  • International Specialist Patient Centre of the Year: Institut Jantung Negara (National Heart Institute)
  • International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of The Year – Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre
  • International Fertility Clinic of the Year – TMC Fertility Centre
  • Best Marketing Initiative – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (Less Pain, More Gain – a Minimally Invasive Surgery Campaign)
  • Best Quality Initiative – Tropicana Medical Centre
  • Highly Commended: Excellence in Customer Service – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

2017

  • Health and Medical Tourism: Destination of the Year – Malaysia
  • Health and Medical Tourism: Cluster of the Year – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
  • International Hospital of the Year: Sunway Medical Centre
  • Best Marketing Initiative: Sunway Medical Centre
  • International Fertility Clinic: TMC Fertility Centre
  • Highly Commended: Best Quality Initiative – Sunway Medical Centre

2016

  • International Hospital of the Year – Sunway Medical Centre
  • International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year – Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre
  • International Fertility Clinic of the Year – TMC Fertility Centre
  • Best Marketing Initiative – Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur
  • Highly Commended: Medical Travel Agency of the Year – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council


Asia Pacific Healthcare & Medical Tourism Awards (2017 – 2018)

2018

  • Medical Travel Organisation of the Year – Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council
  • Medical Tourism Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific – Sunway Medical Centre
  • Hospital of the Year Malaysia – KPJ Healthcare
  • Best New Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific – Cardiac Vascular Sentral
  • Fertility Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Mahkota Medical Centre and TMC Fertility
  • Cardiology Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Institut Jantung Negara
  • Paediatric Cardiology Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Institut Jantung Negara
  • Oncology Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Sunway Medical Centre
  • Neurology Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Sunway Medical Centre
  • Orthopaedic Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – KPJ Healthcare
  • Gastroenterology Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – KPJ Tawakkal Specialist Hospital
  • Ophthalmology Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – International Specialist Eye Centre
  • Best Health Screening Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Prince Court Medical Centre
  • Cosmetic Surgery Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Penang Adventist Hospital
  • Womens Health and Wellness Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – TMC Fertility and Tropicana Medical Centre
  • Diabetes Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Prince Court Medical Centre and Tropicana Medical Centre
  • Paediatric Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Prince Court Medical Centre
  • ENT Service Provider of the Year in Asia Pacific – Tropicana Medical Centre

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Ebola cases in Eastern Congo reaches 300 as mistrust and insecurity hamper response

In response to the number of Ebola cases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaching 300,..

In response to the number of Ebola cases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaching 300, Chals Wontewe, Oxfam’s Country Director in the DRC, said:

“Three months on, mistrust and insecurity are making it extremely difficult to bring the Ebola outbreak under control – with the number of cases increasing by almost 80 percent in the last month alone.

“Years of protracted violence, forced displacement and severe hunger have led to mistrust amongst affected communities. Many people are still terrified to go to Ebola treatment centres.

“At the same time, violent attacks have meant that Oxfam and other agencies have had to suspend all activities. Every day the response is suspended by violence could mean potential cases missed and people not vaccinated, undermining all the hard work to keep this outbreak under control.

“Much more must be done to put those affected by Ebola at the heart of the response to make sure all their concerns are heard and addressed.”

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
– Scheherazade Bouabid (in DRC) on sbouabid1@oxfam.org.uk / +243 (0) 815 163 782
– Oxfam GB’s media unit (in the UK) on media.unit@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)1865 472498

Notes to editors:

· Reports from the joint government and agencies surveillance commission show that the number of cases have increased by 78% between 1 October – 1 November 2018.

· Since the beginning of the response to the Ebola Outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri, Oxfam is providing clean, safe drinking water and delivering Ebola prevention messages to the affected population. The response has been interrupted by several attacks by armed groups, roadblocks and gunfire.

· Seven civilians were reported killed in attacks in Beni this weekend (3 November) while dozens of civilians were killed in attacks in the territory in October.

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