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Daily News Summary
6 February 2019

image 'The skills I learned in the army worked as a template for my teaching career'
image Social media and screen time
image Maths suffers from 'a persistent gender issue'
image 'Edtech: Will it ever be subject to high-quality research?'
image Late school start to be debated by MPs
image The effect of unconditional offers upon students

'The skills I learned in the army worked as a template for my teaching career'

 

Mark Mortimer, head at Warminster School in Wiltshire, discusses how his time in the army taught him essential leadership skills, which can be applied to the teaching profession. Tes.

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Tes

Social media and screen time

 

The Telegraph reports on comments made by the Duchess of Cambridge discussing what can be achieved when young people are not on social media. By Hannah Furness. This is echoed in a letter to The Times by Anna King, head at Notre Dame School, who argues alternative activities and provision are needed for children to successfully move away from social media. Letter half-way down.

Natasha Devon, former government mental health champion, writes social media 'is not going anywhere' so teachers should gain a better understanding about social media safety. Tes

Meanwhile Jane Prescott, head at Portsmouth High School, writes a letter to The Telegraph arguing that, with clear guidelines, "mobile phones are not a problem". Letter just above half-way.

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The Telegraph

Maths suffers from 'a persistent gender issue'

 

Dr Dirk Hastedt, executive director at the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, writes that maths suffers from a 'persistent gender issue' and looks at what can be done to overcome it. Tes.

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Tes

'Edtech: Will it ever be subject to high-quality research?'

 

Tes reporter, Martin George, discusses whether edtech products can be subject to the usual standards of high-quality research.

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Tes

Late school start to be debated by MPs

 

MPs will debate whether or not secondary schools should start at 10am, following an online petition which received more than 176,000 signatures. BBC News.

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BBC

The effect of unconditional offers upon students

 

Bill Jones, deputy CEO of Leeds City College, discusses the 'knock-on effects' when universities offer students unconditional offers. Tes.

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Tes

 

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