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Daily News Summary
25 February 2019

image Equalities commission raises concern about the underperformance of working class white boys
image Children as young as four to be taught about menstrual health, sexting and gay and trans relationships
image 'Schools lack the time, budget and energy to bring about significant reform to the system'
image 'Scheme to encourage overseas teachers back to UK failing'
image Sexual harassment is commonplace in schools, say teaching leaders
image Parents' concerns about AI in schools
image Parents needed to help with Duke of Edinburgh awards
image 'Is it time governance was reviewed?'

Equalities commission raises concern about the underperformance of working class white boys

 

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has said working class white boys should receive special treatment to combat attainment gaps and high exclusion rates. By Charles Hymas, The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Children as young as four to be taught about menstrual health, sexting and gay and trans relationships

 

Children as young as four will be taught about relationships, cyber safety and mental health as part of the Department for Education's new guidelines for sex and health education across England. By Mattha Busby, The Guardian.

The Times reports that some parent campaigners are unhappy about the new compulsory lessons.

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The Guardian

'Schools lack the time, budget and energy to bring about significant reform to the system'

 

Dr Bernard Trafford, a former independent school headteacher, writes in Tes that schools have "neither time, money nor energy to plan and implement root-and-branch change".

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Tes

'Scheme to encourage overseas teachers back to UK failing'

 

A workforce analysis report by the National Foundation for Educational Research has said a scheme to encourage overseas or former teachers back to the UK is failing to work. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

The Guardian reports that teachers endure greater job-related stress than other working professionals.

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The Times

Sexual harassment is commonplace in schools, say teaching leaders

 

School leaders have said sexual harassment continues to be "commonplace in schools", despite renewed government guidance. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

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The Times

Parents' concerns about AI in schools

 

A YouGov survey has revealed the majority of parents are concerned about bias and a lack of transparency when it comes to using artificial intelligence (AI) in schools. By Martin George, Tes.

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Tes

Parents needed to help with Duke of Edinburgh awards

 

Peter Westgarth, chief executive of the Duke of Edinburgh awards, has said he would like more parents to support the programme in schools. By Greg Hurst, The Times.

The Times' leading article on Saturday discussed this story, questioning whether children will really want their parents accompanying them on expeditions.

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The Times

'Is it time governance was reviewed?'

 

Colin Harris, who led a school in a deprived area of Portsmouth for more than two decades, argues that governance needs to take on a different role. Tes.

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Tes

 

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