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Daily Memo 12-16 June 2017

Welcome to the Parent Zone Daily memo. Here are the stories that have grabbed our attention in education, social care and the digital world...


Friday 16 June 2017


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Sex crimes in schools up 255% in four years

Police, teaching unions and children's charities have suggested that online pornography and sexualised videos – which are easier for pupils to access on mobile devices – are partly to blame.


Facebook using artificial intelligence to combat terrorist propaganda

The social media giant is also employing 3,000 extra people to trawl through posts and remove those that break the law or the sites' community guidelines.


Teachers as ‘guides’  

The Guardian reports on the first UK secondary Montessori school.


How to help vulnerable pupils prepare for the summer holidays

School holidays can be difficult for some young people, particularly those with mental health issues, but there are steps you can take to help them prepare, says Dr Pooky Knightsmith.


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North of England pupils missing out on learning languages

In some London boroughs, 75% of pupils take a language GCSE, while in authorities such as Middlesbrough and Blackpool it is below 30%, according to a British Council survey.


Thursday 15 June 2017 




Alex Rider author and Facebook used to encourage older pupils to keep reading

The National Literacy trust has teamed up with Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz, Facebook and Walker Books to hold a live webstreaming event this afternoon, which it hopes will inspire older pupils to keep reading. The event  will take place at 2pm today at the Alex Rider Facebook page but will be available to stream afterwards along with extra resources for teachers.

Grenfell tower: A-level student works through the night to help residents and then takes his exam

Inspiring stories emerging online of young people sitting their exams after the Grenfell tower disaster. These include the A-level student helping residents through the night and then going to sit his exam, as well as all the children who went on to take their GCSEs in their pyjamas.


YouTube star arrested on Child Sexual Abuse charges

YouTuber Austin Jones has been charged over possession of child sexual abuse images.


Snapchat – a parent’s guide

Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents and carers to help them understand the functions and features of Snapchat and ways to help young people stay safe while using it. 


Top books inspired by Professor Brian Cox's live Cosmology tour

Comedian Robin Ince, who accompanied Brian Cox on his record-breaking live science tour, blogs about some of the more accessible science books he likes,  inspired by their most recent Cosmology tour.


Wednesday 14 June 2017


Wake up and smell the covfefe

‘Covfefe’ bill aims to stop Trump deleting tweets, making it a violation of the presidential record.


Did Facebook help Jeremy Corbyn?

‘There was a sharp distinction between Tory and Labour styles when it came to social media. The Conservative focus seemed to be sharp, paid-for attack ads. Labour's presence was much more organic, and perhaps more effective with it.’


Mac attack

Warning! Warning! Apple computers being targeted by ransomware and spyware.


RE ‘is crucial’ says atheist Dawkins.

Richard Dawkins believes religious education in schools helps UK children understand their history and culture.

School budgets ‘could grow’ 

Ministers considering ‘all options’ for school funding.


Tuesday 13 June 2017


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Police can’t read suicide teen’s Snapchat messages from bullies

Police are unable to access a series of abusive messages due to encryption on the social media app Snapchat.


Exam stress can cause students to miss periods

More than a third of Cambridge University students have reported missing a period during term time and claim that the stress of exams is one of the factors involved.


Wakey wakey!

According to a recent study that seems to contradict previous thinking, young children have reported feeling less sleepy in the afternoon and have quicker reaction times than in the morning.


Parents v teachers: who does the public back?

A YouGov poll finds that older people are more likely to say parents should side with the teacher, but nearly half of the general public were unsure of which side they believe parents should take.


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Reading with phonics

This headteacher argues that using phonics ensures children develop the range of skills needed to become confident and independent readers.


Monday 12 June 2017


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Justine Greening re-appointed education secretary in cabinet reshuffle

The leaders of the NUT and NAHT teaching unions were both quick to welcome the news, as was national schools commissioner Sir David Carter, who said it meant they could continue their work on school improvement and social mobility.


Children's minister loses his seat in the general election

Edward Timpson - who had been children’s minister since 2012 – lost by 48 votes in his Crewe and Nantwich constituency.


Unhealthy eating habits and hunger during the summer holidays lead to five-week learning lag

Northumbria University research finds that attainment among poor six-to-eight-year-olds in three areas of Scotland and England drops nearly five weeks behind where it was before the summer break.


The dangerous teenage texting slang that all parents should be aware of

A run down of the latest slang and acronyms by the chief parent officer of Bark, a software programme that monitors kids mobile, email and social media accounts.


Top Three Trends Of Cyber Security In 2017

According to cyber security experts, cyber-attacks will get more dangerous and frequent as the year progresses. Here are some of the best ways to protect yourself.


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Barbara Taylor Bradford searches for next generation of literary bestsellers

The best-selling novelist will be giving the 11-16 year-old winners of The Write Stuff fiction writing competition a masterclass in writing, while all the best entries will be published by HarperCollins in an ebook.