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Daily memo 14 - 18 August 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 18 August

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Numbers game

Pupils with ‘gibberish’ new GCSE grades could miss out on jobs, say employers.

Aiming high

Former City lawyer now runs the 6th form in one of the country's most deprived boroughs and 95% of students have won places at Russell Group universities this year.


Three ways mobile phone apps can have a positive effect on young people.

Fiction friction 

Fake or misleading stories about Muslims have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online.

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Friday funny

As it's nearly the weekend, one that made us giggle. The average person spends 10 years reading idiots’ opinions online...possibly.


Thursday 17 August

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A Level playing field?

Early reports suggest there is a rise in the number of students getting top grades in their A-Level results today. 

What about us?

BTEC results are also released today, yet they don't get as much attention. Why?

Clean slate

Here are 5 top tips on how parents can help their child through the clearing process today.

Facebook faces up to hate

In response to what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend, Zuckerberg said Facebook will remove all threatening posts immediately.

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Hand in hand

Smartphone separation anxiety: There is actual science behind why we feel sad without our phone.


Wednesday 16 August

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Number of teens seeking counselling for exam stress surges

A 68% increase in two years, says Childline.

A fairer future?

More than half of last year’s Oxbridge’s entrants came from state schools. Cambridge offered 62.5% of places to state schools pupils. 93.2% of pupils overall are educated in the state sector.


A robot shelf-stacker was almost as successful as the suicidal robot security guard. The future isn’t here – yet.

Tweet of hope

Obama’s tolerance Tweet becomes most liked ever.

Diddy data

The implications for children in the new Data Protection Bill (the post-Brexit adaptation of the GDPR).

Tuesday 15 August

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The great indoors!

One online champion has said more children should spend time online this summer instead of playing outside.

Steps into STEM<

Yesterday we mentioned how teachers felt STEM subjects were designed primarily for boys. Today read this piece on how parents can encourage all their children to take an interest in STEM.

Logged out and locked up

A man becomes the first paedophile to be convicted of child grooming via Live.Me streaming app.

Big B(r)other

Facebook knows what you’re doing… even if you don’t have a profile on the social network.

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Let's get critical!

Here are some steps to follow in knowing if a viral video is actually just fake news.


 Monday 14 August

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A boy's club

A third of teachers believe STEM subjects (Science/Technology/Engineering and Maths) are catered towards boys more so than girls.

Time is called on screen debate

One celebrated educationalist has said we should focus less on how much time young people spend online, and instead shift attention to how they're using the web.


It looks like Snapchat's 10 seconds of fame might be over sooner than we thought as Facebook and Instagram continue to poach its users.


Making a fake Instagram account with thousands of purchased likes and followers is a lot easier than it seems.

Let's get quizzical

New research has found that completing even one Facebook quiz could be putting your privacy at risk.

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Prioritise Prevent

One person has argued that the prevent strategy is about relationships, therefore it should be integrated into pastoral care in schools.