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Appoint heads of well-being, secondaries urged

Secondary schools should create a new "head of well-being" position in a bid to combat poor physical and mental health among students and staff, it has been suggested. The 2020health thinktank, in conjunction with charity Nuffield Health, released a report this week suggesting that the new role would combat low exercise rates, high levels of obesity and poor emotional well-being. A pilot run by Nuffield Health will place a head of well-being in a school. The report also recommends that secondaries undertake regular assessments of pupil well-being.

Brighton College to open a Thailand campus

Brighton College is to become the latest in a long line of elite public schools to open campuses in South East Asia. The East Sussex-based private school has announced that it will open a sister school in Thailand in August 2017. A trend is growing of independent schools opening branches in Asia, with the likes of Harrow School, Wellington College, Marlborough College and Shrewsbury School all doing so in recent years. Brighton College's sister school, which will be situated close to Bangkok, will cater for 1,500 boys and girls aged from 3 to 18.

Lack of enjoyment in PE has lasting impact

Half of adults believe school PE lessons have had a negative influence on their activity levels, a survey from the University of Birmingham reveals. The Big PE Conversation asked 1,800 people about their experience of sport at school. More than one third of women and a quarter of men stated that they rarely or never enjoyed PE. Professor Kathleen Armour, head of the university's school of sport, exercise and rehabilitation sciences, said the findings showed that more work needed to be done to improve PE. "The whole purpose of school PE is to prepare you to be active for life," she said. The full report will be available at the end of January.

Curb `excessive' headteacher pay, ministers told

Ministers have been urged by a parliamentary watchdog to do more to control the "excessive" pay levels enjoyed by some state school headteachers. The government risks undermining its own policy of public pay restraint by giving schools and other state institutions autonomy over staff salaries, according to a report published by the Public Accounts Committee. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act in the autumn showed that 41 headteachers were earning more than prime minister David Cameron's pound;142,500 package - up from 31 the previous year. Of those, eight received at least pound;170,000 and two at least pound;190,000.

Deadline nears for motivational mentoring scheme

Teachers have five days left to nominate their students for a mentoring programme being run jointly by exam board AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, founded by former Olympic athlete Holmes. The Unlocking Potential scheme is aimed at young people aged 14-19 who have faced adversity in their lives. Forty places are available for students to work with a mentor to develop and launch a project in their local community. The aim is to increase students' self-confidence, belief and motivation, while also raising their aspirations and helping them to develop new skills. To nominate by 14 January, visit

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