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‘Fat cat’ academy bosses face challenge over pay (23/02/2018)

The bosses of academy trusts running large chains of schools in England are going to be challenged by education ministers over “fat-cat” pay. Lord Agnew says the government’s school funding agency is to write to multi-academy trusts asking how pay over £150,000 relates to school performance. The chief executive of Harris Federation became the first in the state sector to earn over £500,000.

Full story: BBC

Daily Mail

‘Social media is causing a mental health crisis’, says head of British university hit by seven student suicides (23/02/2018)

Social media is causing a global mental health crisis among young people, according to the chief of a university hit by suicides among students. Hugh Brady, vice-chancellor of Bristol, said the pressure to appear ‘perfect’ all the time online was causing anxiety and depression. He said social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have become a ‘burden’ for youngsters, who feel they have to pretend to be ‘happy’ all the time.

Full story: Daily Mail

TES

Children in care forced to wait nearly a year for a school place (23/02/2018)

Looked-after pupils are supposed to be given ‘the highest priority’ in school admissions, but a Tes investigation reveals they face major barriers. Children in care are recognised as being the most vulnerable pupils there are – but are being left without a full-time education for up to 11 months after being rejected by schools, a Tes investigation reveals. Being able to secure a timely move to a new school can be particularly important for looked-after children.

Full story: TES

CEOP

Game helps players spot ‘fake news’ (22/02/2018)

A game designed to help people understand how fake news and conspiracy theories spread online has been created at the University of Cambridge. Bad News lets players build a social media following by choosing inflammatory headlines and images to share with their imaginary fans. Players earn achievements for impersonating celebrities and spreading misinformation.

Full story: BBC

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Zahawi rules out ringfencing school SEN funding (22/02/2018)

Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi has rejected suggestions from the Labour Party that the government should protect the money it gives to schools to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In an answer to a parliamentary question by shadow public health minister Sharon Hodgson, Zahawi said the Department for Education believes head teachers should have the freedom to decide how best to spend their budget and has “no plans to ringfence SEN funding”.

Full story: BBC

Fixers

Social Media Lifeline – Video (22/02/2018)

‘I want to inspire people to reach out to someone and know that the internet has a good side, and that it is not all negative.’ Two Fixers from North Shields who have battled mental health conditions want to show how social media can be used to seek help.

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Guardian

‘Plunged into poverty’: are kinship carers getting the support they need? (22/02/2018)

I have wondered how this would have ended if I had been a less vocal, expressive or determined person,” a grandmother told a Gloucestershire family court last autumn, after applying to be appointed special guardian to her infant grandchild. She was successful, but was keen to air her criticisms of the “extraordinary experience”. She alleges there was poor communication from children’s services, she was wrongly told she was ineligible for financial support, and unexplained delays meant her grandchild was in foster care for longer than necessary.

Full story: Guardian

TES

Future of academisation in doubt, spending watchdog warns (22/02/2018)

Heads’ leader warns that struggling schools are being ‘left in limbo’ by delays converting them into academies. The government’s flagship academies programme is running into increasing challenges, a report by the government spending watchdog has said. Today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO), Converting Maintained Schools to Academies, was described as a “damning indictment” of the government’s policy by teachers’ leaders.

Full story: TES

Parenting in a Digital Age: Youtube (+ 5 Top Tips) (21/02/2018)

You’d be hard pushed to have missed Youtube in the news recently. From controversial Vlogger Logan Paul making headlines to Youtube Kids still showing inappropriate content, unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be making the right sort of headlines.

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MPs investigate impact of social media and screens on youth (21/02/2018)

Are you concerned about the impact social media and screen-use are having on young people? If so, MPs are looking to hear your thoughts. The Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The committee says it wants to hear the views of young people themselves, as well as of teachers and youth workers.

Full story: BBC

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Young Brits ‘lack cyber-security awareness’ (21/02/2018)

More than 52% of Britons aged 18-25 are using the same password for lots of online services, suggests a survey. By doing so they make it easy for hackers to hijack accounts, warned the UK government’s Cyber Aware campaign. The danger was acute because of the sensitive data people typically send via email and other accounts, it found. About 79% of the 2,261 respondents of all ages said they had sent bank details or copies of passports and driving licences via messaging systems.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

Domestic abuse sentences ‘likely to increase’ under new guidelines (21/02/2018)

Sentences for perpetrators of domestic abuse, particularly where a child has been affected, are set to get tougher under new guidance being issued to courts. The Sentencing Council guidance covers a range of crimes, including assault, sexual offences, harassment and criminal damage, as there is no specific offence of domestic abuse. The fresh guidance emphasises the seriousness of this kind of offending to judges and magistrates, and details a raft of aggravating factors that should now be taken into account when sentencing. Among these is the impact on children, especially in terms of long-term trauma.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

Guardian

Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’ (21/02/2018)

Single parents are increasingly being pushed into precarious zero-hours contracts and unsuitable self-employment, putting more children at risk of living in poverty, a charity has warned. In a report to mark its 100th anniversary, the single parents’ charity Gingerbread said there had been a 58% increase in the number of self-employed single parents in the past 10 years, but warned that a significant number of parents reported being pushed into unsuitable self-employment by jobcentre advisers in an attempt to get them into work.

Full story: Guardian

Sky News

Single-parent families ‘let down’ as poverty rises (21/02/2018)

One in three children with a working single parent live in poverty, a new report warns, and this could rise dramatically by 2021. The Gingerbread charity says young people in poverty are being excluded from the everyday activities and opportunities an average British child enjoys. It estimates 1.7 million families are being let down by a lack of support from their workplaces and the Government, and warns almost two-thirds of children in single-parent families are likely to be living in poverty in just three years’ time.

Full story: Sky News

CYP Now

Children’s social workers ‘face suspension without hearing’ under regulator plans (21/02/2018)

Social workers could be suspended from practice by “unaccountable administrators” under government plans for the future regulation of the profession, it has been claimed. Nagalro, a professional association for social workers, said it is deeply concerned draft regulations for Social Work England, which is due to launch in September, would see social workers at risk of being suspended from practice by administrators at the regulator.

Full story: Children and Young People Now