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Daily Memo 22-26 May 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 26 May 2017

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Finding the right words

Talking about terror attacks: excellent tips for teachers from The Day's Catherine Vale.


Is there anybody there?

School Direct teacher applications 'plummet.'


United for children

European countries seek common approach to child protection training.


Gadgets r us

The hottest tech products around at the moment. We're liking the look of the Polaroid Pop.

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‘I hope the grade boundaries are as low as my self esteem’

GCSE Maths exam prompts quite funny tweets.


Thursday 25 May 2017

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Obama on selfies and social media

Former US president Barack advises University of chicago students to be more 'circumspect' when taking selfies.


Tens of thousands of potential engineers missed due to exams' focus on literacy

Up to 30,000 children with strong spatial reasoning skills could be missed by the education system, according to a study by GL Assessment.


Why do we fidget?

Fidget spinners may be being banned from schools but is fidgeting a problem with attention, or the solution asks Harriet Dempsey-Jones from Oxford University.


Teaching assistant stole primary school’s charity money to pay off son’s drug dealer

Caroline Hannigan admitted taking £287 raised for the British Heart Foundation and giving it to dealers who threatened to make her 'disappear' over her son's drug debts.


Teachers must stop Manchester attack from fuelling extremism, says husband of murdered MP

Brendan Cox, husband of Jo Cox who was killed by a far-right extremist last June, says that teachers should emphasise to pupils that society is not full of people actively looking to cause harm.


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Is social media making you unsociable?

The more social media sites people are signed up to, the less likely they are to see their friends in real life, research says.


Wednesday 24 May 2017

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The benefits of iPads

Young children's skills in English, communication and maths improve with regular iPad use, say researchers.


University dropout rates increase

Students dropping out of their courses due to mental health problems has trebled in recent years, show figures.


Instagram to introduce archive feature

The social media app will soon enable users to save their pictures.


Coffee shop Wi-Fi 'most dangerous' say experts

Why consumers are being urged to think twice when connecting to certain public wi-fi hotspots.


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Retro or redundant?

As the new Nokia 3310 goes on sale, how long could you survive on a pre-smartphone era mobile?


Tuesday 23 May 2017 

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 A TA-led literacy project has no impact, study finds

 A literacy programme led by teaching assistants has had no impact, according an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Music producer develops hip-hop revision app 

Music producer helps his son with his GCSE revision by singing key information from the syllabus over a hip-hop track. He has now made over 600 tracks that cover core subjects using content supplied by teachers and condensed them into an App, Study Tracks, which has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times since its launch in December.

As rents and property prices sky rocket, homeless teachers speak out

 As housing crisis esculates three teachers reveal their fears of being made homeless.


Fake news spreads following attack on Manchester Arena 

False news is already spreading about the terror attack has claimed the lives of at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. This article lists the claims you shouldn't believe about the incident.



Helping children cope with the news of traumatic events 

Following the terrible news from Manchester this ParentInfo advice for helping kids cope with media coverage of traumatic events may help.


Monday 22 May 2017

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One head teacher calls quits on SATs

Jill Wood from Little London Primary, Leeds, is taking alternative measures to document pupils' progress.


Gaming in the classroom

An interesting blog exploring 'gamification' in schools and how it prepares pupils for life in a surveillance state.


Facebook's secrets revealed

The ethics underlying Facebook's protocol to deal with sex, terrorism and violent content have come under debate.


Happy app-ing

All the latest news from the world of apps. From Instagram face filters to Google Assistant on i0S.


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Teachers: befriend your pupil's parents

...says parent educator Steve Biddulph. Interested to hear why he believes it's a good idea?