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Daily News Summary
2 March 2022

image IICSA: Call to reintroduce duty for schools to report allegations of child abuse
image Allowing trans pupils access to single-sex spaces is “a bit of a minefield”, says children’s minister
image Teaching union withdraws statement on Ukraine
image 'This generation of young people are more resilient than their parents think'
image More children receiving places at their first choice secondary schools this year, survey suggests
image Teaching young children grammar does not improve their writing, findings suggest

IICSA: Call to reintroduce duty for schools to report allegations of child abuse

 

A report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has found that some staff at residential schools overlooked abuse because they were more focused on the school’s reputation than children’s interests. The Inquiry has recommended that governments in England and Wales reintroduce a duty to inform school inspectors of child abuse allegations or other serious incidents. By Joseph Lee, BBC News.

 
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BBC

Allowing trans pupils access to single-sex spaces is “a bit of a minefield”, says children’s minister

 

Speaking to the Commons Education Select Committee yesterday, Will Quince, the minister for children and families, described the situation of transgender pupils being allowed access to single-sex spaces as “a bit of a minefield”. He added that he “probably wouldn’t be overly happy” for his daughters to share a boarding house with a pupil identifying as a trans girl. By Laurence Sleator, The Times.

 
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The Times

Teaching union withdraws statement on Ukraine

 

The National Education Union has withdrawn a statement it released in response to the invasion of Ukraine “pending further discussion”, after it received criticism on social media. By Callum Mason, Tes.

 
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Tes

'This generation of young people are more resilient than their parents think'

 

Alice Thomson, a columnist at The Times, writes on the resilience of today's young people. Thomson said: "This century’s children should have been the fortunate generation. Now their opportunities seem more bleak as the world lurches from one crisis to the next, played out in graphic TikTok images and Twitter threads warning of doomsday."

 
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The Times

More children receiving places at their first choice secondary schools this year, survey suggests

 

Early indications from a PA news agency survey of local authorities suggest that more children than last year are gaining places at their first choice secondary school in a number of areas of England. The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Teaching young children grammar does not improve their writing, findings suggest

 

According to a new study funded by the Nuffield Foundation and co-authored by researchers from University College London and the University of York, teaching primary school pupils about grammar does little to improve their “narrative writing” abilities. By Will Bolton, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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