The logistical headache facing schools

The logistical headache facing schools

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The conversation has been dominated by the public health challenges. The operational barriers are, in many ways, more important.
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The effect of lockdown on wellbeing

The effect of lockdown on wellbeing

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Workers around the globe are struggling with the lack of social interaction, according to a new survey by recruitment experts, Hays. What can employers do to help with the mental wellbeing of their employees
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New rules once schools return

New rules once schools return

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Schools will look, feel and work very differently when children across the UK return to the classroom - with tough new measures put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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How are other countries managing the return to school?

How are other countries managing the return to school?

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Schools around the world are slowly beginning to open, with social distancing measures in place. But what do teachers working in those countries think of their 'new normal'? We spoke to some to find out
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How are the media covering the “return” to school issue?

How are the media covering the “return” to school issue?

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Union criticises ‘flimsy’ evidence behind Government’s plan to reopen schools
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Easing staff back to work post-Covid.

Easing staff back to work post-Covid.

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Coronavirus: Four things to remember to prepare your business for a post-pandemic world
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How not to zone out on a Zoom conference.

How not to zone out on a Zoom conference.

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You join a video conference call. You’re one of nine faces on the screen. About 10 minutes into the call, your mind starts to wander and you realize you have no idea what the last person just said
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National appreciation campaign for teachers launched

National appreciation campaign for teachers launched

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A national campaign is urging pupils and their families to get creative and thank the school stars who are “working tirelessly in incredibly difficult circumstances”.
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China and Denmark signposting the “new normal” for the UK?

China and Denmark signposting the “new normal” for the UK?

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Schools in Denmark and China have started to reopen. Their tactics for keeping everyone safe and the experience of returning to the classroom could be a guide for the rest of the world
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Marketing on a shoestring – The Faroe Islands

Marketing on a shoestring – The Faroe Islands

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Somewhere on a rocky archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, someone is taking a walk around her island home. She abides by social distancing laws, although that’s hardly difficult in a territory with a population of 52,000.
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Critical thinking lessons could be back after lockdown is finished.

Critical thinking lessons could be back after lockdown is finished.

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Leading US academic warns that 21st-century skills won't stop students from being sucked in by false information
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This is now the pressing education question of the day

This is now the pressing education question of the day

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Teachers' leaders attack 'disturbing' reports about schools reopening, and call on government to share predicted risks
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Using Zoom safely for remote learning

Using Zoom safely for remote learning

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An unexpected symptom of coronavirus has been the entrance of alien words and phrases to our vocabulary. Just weeks ago, saying “I’m zooming my friends”, “zoom-bombing” or “Houseparty hacking” out loud would have raised an eyebrow or two.
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How EVC can help your wellbeing through Covid-19

How EVC can help your wellbeing through Covid-19

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While COVID-19 is grinding much of society to a halt, schooling has entered uncharted territory. During this time, it is important that teachers look after themselves. Fortunately, there are evidence-backed strategies that can help support teachers’ wellbeing.
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Be careful live streaming!

Be careful live streaming!

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Lock virtual classrooms and limit screen sharing to protect pupils while hosting online meetings on video conferencing app Zoom, children's commissioner says
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Retaining staff during and after Coronavirus

Retaining staff during and after Coronavirus

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How can you ensure the disruption from coronavirus isn’t going to negatively impact on your staff retention? We speak to school leaders about their approach
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The Good, the bad and the ugly of wellbeing.

The Good, the bad and the ugly of wellbeing.

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FTSE companies that prioritise wellbeing and engagement outperform others by 10 percent according to a study from SOMA Analytics. Similar results are apparent across a range of related studies. With such a significant impact, it’s surprising that businesses are still not measuring the impact of wellbeing activities to optimise their offering.
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Keeping healthy working from home

Keeping healthy working from home

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With more teachers swapping classrooms for front rooms, Oliver Ireland shares five ways to avoid bad home-working habits
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Tips on home working

Tips on home working

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Many businesses have begun to embrace the idea of flexible working and working from home and, in the current climate, more and more of us may find ourselves plunged into doing so for longer than the one to two days a week, which employers and employees adapt to fairly easily.
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Working remotely- how to keep up your wellbeing

Working remotely- how to keep up your wellbeing

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We know the trend for people working from home is rising. The HSO says 50% of workers in the UK will be remote-based by the end of this year.
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How International schools are beating the virus

How International schools are beating the virus

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International schools around the world were among the first to close owing to the coronavirus outbreak, and so are ahead in their experience of what being closed actually means for teaching, learning and wellbeing.
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Easy steps towards mental health resilience

Easy steps towards mental health resilience

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How to improve your mental wellbeing: From gardening to singing classes Caring for our mental health should be second nature – here's how to make that happen
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Community, Corporates and Education together

Community, Corporates and Education together

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Ads We Like: Nike Football shows how sport can bring a community together and give kids hope
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From Illness to wellness

From Illness to wellness

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It’s 10 am. I’m sat on the floor gasping for breath. I’ve just had a monumental panic attack. I’ve had them before but this one terrifies me. It was the final curtain call of my body telling me to just stop
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Some great wellbeing ideas from tech firms

Some great wellbeing ideas from tech firms

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OPINION Vox pop: What mental wellbeing initiative has been successful at your own organisation?
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Wellbeing is a priority not an option

Wellbeing is a priority not an option

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As a business owner, your employees are the backbone of your success. Most entrepreneurs and business owners know that they need to hire the right people, train them well, and create a positive company culture. But how often do you consider the importance of your employees’ overall wellbeing?
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4 ways to improve your mental health

4 ways to improve your mental health

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So, while we clearly shouldn’t need to "escape" from our chosen career, having the ability to take ourselves away from our environment – whether’s mentally or physically – can do wonders for mental health. Here's how.
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Wellbeing doesn’t need to cost your employer

Wellbeing doesn’t need to cost your employer

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Why wellbeing works for business UK employers are finding ways to keep staff happy, healthy and committed
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Great advice on wellbeing!

Great advice on wellbeing!

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Rhiannon Phillips-Bianco, Mental Health and Wellbeing Leader at the British School in The Netherlands, sets out the six essential elements that she believes are needed to boost students’ mental health and wellbeing, both at school and at home.
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NHS Scotland on our wavelength in this article!

NHS Scotland on our wavelength in this article!

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Mindfulness could reduce teacher stress – but overall there is a lack of research about interventions, says report
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Roll back the negativity!

Roll back the negativity!

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We all know this job is hard, writes Lisa Lockley, but lately it feels like it’s full of nothing but negativity. But it doesn’t have to be this way
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A guide to choosing GCSE’S

A guide to choosing GCSE’S

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The parents' guide to new-style GCSE selection: from the STEM and coding crazes to the new most prestigious subjects that may actually help your child succeed in life
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How to become more resilient in the workplace

How to become more resilient in the workplace

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Teacher wellbeing: 5 ways to avoid decision paralysis Stuck between choices? Is time disappearing while you dither? Louise Turtle offers her tips to help teachers be decisive
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Where have all the Heads gone?

Where have all the Heads gone?

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Exclusive: Supply of future headteachers is drying up Less than half of school middle leaders want to become heads and a third are thinking of quitting, research shows
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International dates to spice up the school year!

International dates to spice up the school year!

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Key events to inspire international education in 2020 Throughout the year there are festivals and events that offer great learning opportunities - here we compile a calendar Sponsered by the British Council
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Head warns of “helicopter parents”

Head warns of “helicopter parents”

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Head tells parents to quit WhatsApp groups so pupils learn from errors
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Practical advice for SLT on managing staff mental health

Practical advice for SLT on managing staff mental health

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Teachers tell their students that mindset matters. Yet teachers do not always allow themselves space to receive those same messages of reflection and self-care.
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Conflict resolution-  a teachers perspective

Conflict resolution- a teachers perspective

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Wellbeing: How to handle student-friendship dramas Teenagers can fall out and make up within moments, but how should teachers handle more serious issues, asks Laura Tsabet
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Inset days- what do teachers really think of them?

Inset days- what do teachers really think of them?

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8 things that are inevitable on Inset day Coffee, jeans, password panics. Oh yes, and professional development. Sarah Mullin looks at what Inset days really mean
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Special school teachers lead the way in terms of wellbeing

Special school teachers lead the way in terms of wellbeing

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Revealed: Who are England’s happiest teachers?
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Becoming a Headteacher- the pitfalls

Becoming a Headteacher- the pitfalls

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5 things I didn’t learn in headship training John Stanier had high hopes for the National Professional Qualification for Headship, but instead found a frustrating lack of useful advice
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It’s that time of year again- exam timetables!

It’s that time of year again- exam timetables!

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Here is a breakdown of the exam boards’ timetables and key dates for the 2020 GCSE exams
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A lesson for all teachers that it is a profession and expectations are rightly high

A lesson for all teachers that it is a profession and expectations are rightly high

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Drunk teacher filmed in boxers by a pupil is struck off The intoxicated teacher was filmed by a pupil in the street in just his boxers and trainers and footage of the incident was posted on Facebook
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Amazing, what young people are capable of!

Amazing, what young people are capable of!

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The 20 most inspirational young people in Kent in 2019 It's quite often the people doing unheralded and fantastic work in their communities who go unnoticed
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Can schools do more on knife crime?

Can schools do more on knife crime?

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Queen's speech includes new duty for schools to work with other public services to combat serious crime and more per pupil funding in schools
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Important advice for mocks students

Important advice for mocks students

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The spectre of January exams can quash the holiday spirit, but these tips will help students prepare while leaving time to unwind
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Primary school league tables

Primary school league tables

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New primary school league table data for England has been published by the Department for Education. The tables are based on how 11-year-olds in each school performed in national curriculum tests - or Sats - taken at the end of primary school
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Will changes to Ofsted increase workload and stress?

Will changes to Ofsted increase workload and stress?

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Introducing no-notice Ofsted school inspections will merely serve to drive up teacher workload, warns Yvonne Williams
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Death by Powerpoint?

Death by Powerpoint?

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PowerPoint is under attack but used well, it is still an essential teaching tool, argues Sam Duffy
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Are new GCSE grades hampering social mobility?

Are new GCSE grades hampering social mobility?

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The new GCSE system in England is in danger of "further disadvantaging the disadvantaged", research for the social mobility charity Sutton Trust finds.
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Can EVC save the staffroom?

Can EVC save the staffroom?

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I have just been reading the excellent article from @nicola_slawson in the Guardian about the demise of the staff room as a communal space. Her premise is that this could be down to three main factors:
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Will the election change anything for education?

Will the election change anything for education?

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Figures published today show the Department for Education (DfE) has missed its secondary teacher training target for a seventh year running. Jack Worth looks at what the three main political parties are proposing to solve it…
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Not just state sector teachers under financial pressure

Not just state sector teachers under financial pressure

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The National Education Union’s annual independent sector pay and conditions survey reveals that pay austerity for private school staff continues unabated, despite increased pay awards in the state sector
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Are PTA’s as strong as they used to be?

Are PTA’s as strong as they used to be?

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Working mothers are now too busy to join Parent Teacher Associations, a leading headmistress has said, as people are now less “community minded” than they used to be.
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Wellbeing a much abused word?

Wellbeing a much abused word?

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I have been really inspired by the work of What Works Centre for Wellbeing and have become to realise what a misrepresented word it really is. Wellbeing can be a catchall for so many ideas and products that are not really, in essence, anything to do with the word itself.
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Education is a hot topic in this election

Education is a hot topic in this election

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Ofsted, primary testing, adult education and private schools will all ensure that education is central to the election
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Are 63 pupils in a class the future of education?

Are 63 pupils in a class the future of education?

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A primary school was thrust into the spotlight last month when it was revealed it was teaching children in classes of more than 60 pupils. BBC News spent the day at Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon to get a flavour of what it's like to be taught in such an environment
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Mental health issues amongst teachers up for the third year

Mental health issues amongst teachers up for the third year

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Work-related stress in the teaching profession has increased for the third year in row, with sharp rises in tearfulness, insomnia and irritability among teachers and school leaders, research shows
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Amidst all the gloom- teachers can still be influencers

Amidst all the gloom- teachers can still be influencers

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Rapper Lil Jon says he 'wouldn't make music' it if wasn't for an influential teacher
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New hotline for teachers launched!

New hotline for teachers launched!

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Verbal and physical abuse is 'going unchallenged' in too many schools, union says
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The three key areas of child protection for schools to be aware of

The three key areas of child protection for schools to be aware of

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Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association (LGA).
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75% of pupils would NOT tell a teacher if they were being bullied

75% of pupils would NOT tell a teacher if they were being bullied

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School pupils are afraid of telling their teacher if they are getting bullied, new research shows.
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When wellbeing is not wellbeing

When wellbeing is not wellbeing

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An endless succession of staff-wellbeing events can come at the expense of actual wellbeing, says Samantha Dubois
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How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

How Denmark has been coping with self harming in teenagers

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Concern has been growing over rising rates of self-harm in teenagers. In the UK and Ireland, increases began around the time of the 2008 economic crash and show no sign of slowing.
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Children needing hospital treatment for allergies up 65% in five years

Children needing hospital treatment for allergies up 65% in five years

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The figures from NHS Digital, released to BBC London under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed the number of children treated for anaphylactic shock increased by 41% in the past five years
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The dangers of being too committed

The dangers of being too committed

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Working overtime is not something to be proud of – it leads to a culture of unmanageable expectations, warns Guy Doza
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Drop out rate for those getting unconditional offers a concern

Drop out rate for those getting unconditional offers a concern

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Eighteen-years-olds in England who are given unconditional university offers before taking their A-levels are more likely to drop out in their first year of degree study, research finds
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England rugby stars attended same Herts state school

England rugby stars attended same Herts state school

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One-fifth of the players expected to compete for England in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday went to the same state school.
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Will the new Government careers advisory service work?

Will the new Government careers advisory service work?

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Government careers advice scheme will fail to reach thousands of young people, councils warn
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Exams or wellbeing? Can they co-exist?

Exams or wellbeing? Can they co-exist?

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Urged to set their sights high, pupils feel the need to achieve excellent grades. No wonder they feel stressed, says Bernard Trafford
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Robot teachers in Plymouth!

Robot teachers in Plymouth!

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Robots can take just three hours to successfully learn techniques which can be used to support teachers in a classroom environment, according to new research.
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Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

Shortage of psychiatrists now reaching crisis levels

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The Government must take action to address the shortage of psychiatrists, contributing to lengthy NHS waiting times and having devastating effects on people reaching out for support, writes Baroness Parminter.
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Spending cuts hitting the visually impaired

Spending cuts hitting the visually impaired

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Thousands of children and young people with vision impairment (VI) are being failed because of a shortage of funds for specialist education services, research by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found
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Primary pupils to receive CPR training in London

Primary pupils to receive CPR training in London

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Teach primary school pupils CPR and other life-saving skills from age nine to tackle low cardiac arrest survival rates, say top doctors
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GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

GCHQ looking to recruit more dyslexics

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The nation’s intelligence services are directly looking to recruit people with dyslexia and other neurological differences, the head of GCHQ has confirmed.
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The rise of “County Lines” slavery

The rise of “County Lines” slavery

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There has been an eightfold increase in the number of child victims of modern slavery referred by local councils in England for support. National Crime Agency figures reveal the number of children earmarked for help grew from 127 in 2014 to 1,152 last year - an increase of 807%.
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Gambling now a problem for younger children

Gambling now a problem for younger children

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Two-fifths of 11- to 16-year-olds have gambled in the past year, research suggests.Playing fruit machines was the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and scratch cards
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Mental health training for teachers

Mental health training for teachers

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UK programme aims to help teachers and mental health service providers better work together Teachers can now take advantage of specialist training to help them better support pupils who are experiencing mental health issues. It is thanks to a project being rolled out nationally following a successful pilot.
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Exam boards facing backlash after marking failures

Exam boards facing backlash after marking failures

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AQA could face class action suit from parents of children who were possibly given 'incorrect' grades
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Royals back mental health awareness

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a government-run school for disadvantaged youngsters in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad
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How will Brexit impact the teaching profession?

How will Brexit impact the teaching profession?

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As Brexit looms on the horizon, we ask what leaving the European Union will do to the UK’s teacher workforce
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Do enrichment activities boost attainment?

Do enrichment activities boost attainment?

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More than 100 primary schools are wanted to take part in a new trial to find out if enrichment activities, like visiting museums, boost attainment.
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The power of music

The power of music

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According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety.
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When wellbeing goes wrong!

When wellbeing goes wrong!

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School ridiculed for asking pupils to raise money for staff room 'biscuits and treats'
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Parents seeking more help from schools to deal with mental health

Parents seeking more help from schools to deal with mental health

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Many parents 'overwhelmed' in helping pupils navigate the digital world or coping with mental health
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Make homework worthwhile

Make homework worthwhile

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Too often, homework is a waste of time for all involved. So here, Mark Enser gives his view on what worthwhile homework looks like
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More funding for FE vocational training

More funding for FE vocational training

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Gavin Williamson has pledged £120m for new specialist institutes in a bid to “overtake Germany” in delivering the best technical education.
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A staff room marches on it’s stomach?

A staff room marches on it’s stomach?

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Bargain-basement biscuits, home-baked cakes or chopped carrots? Shannen Doherty explores how to keep your colleagues going
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Cumbria: changing the way we think about the “school run”

Cumbria: changing the way we think about the “school run”

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Call for more schools to sign up to Feet First + 10 reasons to cycle, scoot or walk the school run
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Are schools digital noticeboards “hack free”?

Are schools digital noticeboards “hack free”?

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Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We are not immediately aware of instances in which propaganda has been transmitted on to digital noticeboards without the knowledge of schools.
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Why teachers should enjoy the “Great Outdoors”

Why teachers should enjoy the “Great Outdoors”

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A report recommends pupils should connect with nature. But, says Yvonne Williams, the same could be said of teachers
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