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3 January 2023

Recognition for education experts in New Year's Honours list
UKHSA chief medical adviser urges parents to keep sick children at home
Prime minister 'shelves' plans for childcare system overhaul
Ofqual considering official chatbox advice for schools in attempt to stop cheating
Pandemic effect still evident in Scottish schools, research finds
Oxford University's outgoing vice-chancellor says 'it's a shame for parents to be focused on Oxbridge'
Students from many backgrounds affected by 'cost of living pressures'
Vulnerable children 'lured by drug gangs with free vapes'

Recognition for education experts in New Year's Honours list

 

Ian Bauckham, chair of Ofqual and also the Oak National Academy, has been knighted in the New Year’s Honours list. Sir Ian is one of 63 individuals with links to the English school system who have been recognised for their work in education. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Fiona Boulton, headteacher at Guildford High School, has been made an OBE for services to education. To read the full list of England school honours please click here.

 

UKHSA chief medical adviser urges parents to keep sick children at home

 

Professor Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser of the UK Health Security Agency, has told parents to keep their children home from school or nursery if they are unwell with a fever. Adults should also stay at home when poorly and wear a face covering if they have to go out, Professor Hopkins has advised. By Hazel Shearing, BBC News.

 
BBC

Prime minister 'shelves' plans for childcare system overhaul

 

The Telegraph reports that the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has 'shelved' plans for an overhaul of the childcare system aimed at saving families money and helping parents back into work. The paper understands the policy drive initiated by Liz Truss has been postponed indefinitely, with the current scale of reforms now considered to have been much reduced. By Ben Riley-Smith.

 
The Telegraph

Ofqual considering official chatbox advice for schools in attempt to stop cheating

 

Ofqual, the exams watchdog for England, has said that it will consider whether new advice should be prepared amid concerns that children may be able to cheat on their coursework using ChatGPT, a free online service released by the Silicon Valley company OpenAI last month. Dr David James, deputy head at Lady Eleanor Holles School, is quoted. By Louisa Clarence-Smith, The Telegraph.

 
The Telegraph

Pandemic effect still evident in Scottish schools, research finds

 

The general secretary of the EIS, Andrea Bradley, has warned that the Achievement of Curriculum for Excellence Levels (ACEL) figures for 2021-22 'clearly show that clearly that the impact of the pandemic is still evident in schools'. Referencing the attainment gap in Scottish education, Ms Bradley has called for more intervention to help the most disadvantaged pupils. Tes.

 
Tes

Oxford University's outgoing vice-chancellor says 'it's a shame for parents to be focused on Oxbridge'

 

In an interview with The Telegraph, Dame Louise Richardson, outgoing vice-chancellor of Oxford University, has spoken about what she feels the future will hold for the university and urges parents not to focus solely on Oxbridge for their children. By Louisa Clarence-Smith.

 
The Telegraph

Students from many backgrounds affected by 'cost of living pressures'

 

Vivienne Stern, chief executive of Universities UK (UUK), has warned that it would be a "tragedy" if students feel they have no option but to leave their higher education courses as a result of financial pressures amid the cost of living crisis. According to Ms Stern, many students are taking on part-time roles, with money worries affecting more of those from different backgrounds than seen before. The Telegraph.

Kevin Ellis, chairman of the accounting and consulting firm PwC, has said a rising number of school leavers have been choosing apprenticeships over traditional university education, fearing the high level of student debt. Ed Elliott, head at The Perse School, is quoted. By Emma Yeomans, The Times.

 

Vulnerable children 'lured by drug gangs with free vapes'

 

Vulnerable children as young as 12 are being groomed by criminal gangs using e-cigarettes to reward them for dealing drugs, according to youth workers and charity executives who have spoken to The Times. Experts have warned that young people can easily become addicted to vaping. By David Woode, The Times.

 
The Times

 

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