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Daily News Summary
21 February 2022

image Coronavirus: The NTP risks being a "disaster", warns social mobility professor
image Nine tech firms under investigation for serious breaches over children's safety online
image Teens subjected to sexual harassment and racism on Yubo app, investigation finds
image 'The trend towards selective sixth forms will not aid in levelling up education'
image Number of specialist teachers for deaf children ‘at its lowest in a decade’
image Offer teenagers who have underage sex privacy, says SNP
image 'How can schools help shape the business leaders of tomorrow'

Coronavirus: The NTP risks being a "disaster", warns social mobility professor

 

Lee Elliot Major, professor of social mobility at Exeter University, has warned that the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is at risk of being a “disaster", and has called for a public inquiry into its administration. By Emma Yeomans, The Times.

MPs have urged the Government to end mass COVID testing in schools, warning the policy is causing “untold damage” to children. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

Three teaching unions, Unison, Unite and the GMB, have warned there could be chaos in schools unless the Government reverses its plan to scrap COVID safety rules in England Tes.

 

Nine tech firms under investigation for serious breaches over children's safety online

 

The Telegraph reports that nine tech firms including Instagram, Apple and Omegle are under investigation by the Information Commissioner following complaints they have breached their duty of care under the Children’s Code. By Charles Hymas.

 
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The Telegraph

Teens subjected to sexual harassment and racism on Yubo app, investigation finds

 

An investigation by The Sunday Times, has found that children are being subjected to sexual harassment, racism and bullying on the social media app Yubo, which is known as “Tinder for teens”.

 
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The Sunday Times

'The trend towards selective sixth forms will not aid in levelling up education'

 

An editorial piece in The Guardian argues that the trend towards selective sixth forms will not aid the levelling up of education in England and will instead "magnify the damaging tendency to concentrate too much on a few, while ignoring the rest".

 
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The Guardian

Number of specialist teachers for deaf children ‘at its lowest in a decade’

 

According to The Guardian, the number of specialist teachers for deaf children in England has fallen by 16.5 per cent since 2011. By Clea Spokeliti.

 
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The Guardian

Offer teenagers who have underage sex privacy, says SNP

 

According to The Telegraph, new guidance issued by the SNP tells Scottish teachers to respect the privacy of children as young as 13 who engage in underage sexual activity and not to automatically inform their parents. By Daniel Sanderson.

 
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The Telegraph

'How can schools help shape the business leaders of tomorrow'

 

Sir John Timpson, chairman of the high-street services provider Timpson, writes for The Telegraph offering advice on how schools can develop the business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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