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Daily News Summary
31 May 2022

image Current pupils will have left school before tutoring programme reaches its goal, Labour claims
image Teaching unions call for free school meal expansion
image Headteachers raise concerns about attorney general's "unhelpful" advice on transgender pupils
image Some Scottish schools are narrowing the curriculum in the wake of the pandemic, findings suggest
image Plans to make sex education compulsory in Wales face legal challenge
image Parents turn to Alexa and Google Home to help with 'difficult' school homework

Current pupils will have left school before tutoring programme reaches its goal, Labour claims

 

According to analysis by the Labour Party, take-up of the National Tutoring Programme is so slow that all current secondary pupils in England will have left school by the time the Government's catch-up targets are met. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

Teaching unions call for free school meal expansion

 

Teaching unions have urged the Government to expand its free school meals scheme to include all children from families who receive universal credit to help tackle the "devastating reality" of the cost of living crisis. By Kate McGough, BBC News.

 
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BBC

Headteachers raise concerns about attorney general's "unhelpful" advice on transgender pupils

 

The attorney general's advice to schools to "take a much firmer line" with pupils who identify as transgender has been met with criticism from some school leaders, who have warned that not listening to young people "would risk damaging mental health" at a time when pupils have already suffered during the pandemic. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

 
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The Guardian

Some Scottish schools are narrowing the curriculum in the wake of the pandemic, findings suggest

 

According to a review by Education Scotland, Scottish schools are dedicating more time to literacy, numeracy and wellbeing as they emerge from the pandemic, but "in a few cases" this has been to the detriment of other subjects. By Emma Seith, Tes.

 
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Tes

Plans to make sex education compulsory in Wales face legal challenge

 

BBC News reports that a campaign group has been granted its request to seek a judicial review into plans to make relationship and sexuality education (RSE) compulsory in Welsh schools.

 
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BBC

Parents turn to Alexa and Google Home to help with 'difficult' school homework

 

New research from TalkTalk has found that more than two thirds of parents have turned to voice assistants such as Alexa or Google Home to help their children with 'difficult' homework. By Catherine Lough, The Independent.

 
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The Independent

 

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