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  • Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) have collaborated with specialists from the PSHE Association and Girlguiding to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms and youth organisations for the first time.......

  • In 2015 the NSPCC, in partnership with O2, launched the Net Aware tool to provide parents with useful information about the most popular sites, apps and games used by young......

  • YouGov survey highlights lack of preparedness among school staff to help prevent suicide among children and young people PAPYRUS launches Save The #ClassOf2018 for World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)......

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Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment ‘as banter’ (15/12/2017)

 

Sexual harassment or violence at school should never be dismissed as “banter”, new Department for Education guidance to schools and colleges has stressed. “Sexting” explicit images and videos of . . . under-18s is illegal, it says, and girls are the most likely victims. Schools still have a duty to act if incidents outside school are reported. The Women and Equalities Committee described the issuing of the guidance as a “belated, but critical, step in the right direction”.
Full story: BBC

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say (15/12/2017)

 

Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents . . . gives their children alcohol by the age of 14, when their body and brain are not yet fully developed. Many parents may believe they are acting responsibly – but that’s not backed up by research, experts said. Regular takeaways were a risk to the heart, a separate study said.
Full story: BBC

Greening pledges £23m to help poor pupils with talent (14/12/2017)

 

Education Secretary Justine Greening is to announce a £23m fund to support bright children from poorer backgrounds in England whose talent might otherwise be “wasted”. The aim is to reverse a trend in . . . which bright poor pupils are overtaken in school by less able wealthier children. It will be part of a relaunched social mobility strategy. Labour’s Angela Rayner said the plans were “rhetoric” against a background of funding cuts and lower real-terms pay.
Full story: BBC

England has one of the biggest gaps between high and low performing pupils (13/12/2017)

 

England has one of the largest gaps between high and low performing primary school pupils across the developed world, a damning report has found. New analysis showed England is failing to keep pace . . . with other wealthy countries when it comes to maths education for 11-year-olds, with every local authority across the nation missing a key benchmark. The huge disparities in maths education for primary–aged pupils are laid bare in a report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and UCL’s Institute of Education, which found the brightest students in England continue to do well while low achievers are falling behind.
Full story: Independent

BBC Own It

 

Own It is delivered in partnership with a range of organisations in the field of child internet safety, and is supported by an “engine room” of expert advisers, doctors and academics and covers everything from online privacy and avoiding malware, to dealing with everyday dilemmas children face online.

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Stop, Speak, Support when you see online bullying

 

The Stop, Speak, Support campaign has been created in response to 11-16 year olds saying that while they enjoy social media, games and online forums, that it is the only area of their lives that they feel does not have clear expectations or standards of behaviour they should all adhere to. Stop, Speak, Support aims to help young people spot . . . cyberbullying and know what steps they can take to stop it happening and provide support to the person being bullied. Website

Contact – For Families with Disabled Children

 

We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

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Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples’ Rights on Social Media

 

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever that our young people are able to understand and feel in control of their online rights. But more often than not, they’re not even aware that they even have any. The Children’s Commissioner for England, working with Tes and Schillings, have produced three teaching packs to help . . . young people become more empowered digital citizens. Relevant to citizenship and computing curriculums around the world, these packs include lesson ideas and simplified T&Cs for five major social media sites. So why not take a look and add another dimension to the way you speak to students about the opportunities that the internet, and particularly social media, have to offer? Website