What’s been in the news just lately?
- Hurrah! Five year-olds will learn basic first aid and children as young as 11 will be shown CPR at school, under plans to make it a compulsory part of the curriculum.
- The Education Secretary Damian Hinds says that parents should “lead by example” and set themselves screen time limits as he criticised prams with mobile phone holders.
- Independent schools have been accused of tricking the system to boost their results as figures exposed the number of students choosing to take “easier” GCSE exams.
- Did you get one? In the 2019 New Year Honours List Ruth Miskin, creator of the widely used Read Write primary school reading programme, was awarded a CBE and an MBE went to Andria Zafirakou, associate deputy head, Alperton Community School, and winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.
- Can your school do more when it comes to using plastic? Damian Hinds believes that all schools in England should be following in the footsteps of Georgeham Primary School in Devon, which became the first school in the UK to become completely single-use plastic free in early 2018.
- Do non-English speaking schoolchildren put their whole class at a disadvantage? Helen Martin says,
The policy of diversity and having children of all nationalities together is not only politically correct, it’s reasonable and laudable. But not if their education suffers, and teachers are placed under extra stress as a result.
Public Health England (PHE) says children in the UK exceed the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18-year-old by the time they are 10. According to Change4Life, the maximum daily amounts are as follows: