Pinch, punch, first of the month! What’s been in the news just lately?
Take a look at the Social media use and adolescent sleep outcomes: cross-sectional findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study which concludes,
The findings indicate statistically and practically significant associations between social media use and sleep outcomes, particularly late sleep onset. Interventions should focus on addressing delayed sleep onset, by supporting young people to balance online social interactions with an appropriate sleep schedule that allows sufficient sleep on school nights.
- The dangers of female genital mutilation will be taught to all secondary school pupils in England from 2020.
Education secretary Damian Hinds said: “We know the catastrophic effect on the lives of those affected, causing lifelong physical and psychological damage. Our reforms to relationships and sex education will ensure young people are taught in an age-appropriate way about different forms of abuse and their rights under the law, to equip them with the knowledge they need to keep themselves and others safe.”
- The Health and Social Care Committee’s thirteenth report of Session 2017–19, First 1000 days of life is now available to read. It says,
Improving support for children, parents and families during this vulnerable period requires a long-term and coordinated response nationally and locally. The Government should lead by developing a long-term, cross-Government strategy for the first 1000 days of life, setting demanding goals to reduce adverse childhood experiences, improve school readiness and reduce infant mortality and child poverty.
- A new report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) looking at the issues facing the teacher workforce in England shows that job-related stress is higher among teachers than other professionals. It’s key findings include:
*The secondary school system is facing a substantial teacher supply challenge over the next decade, which requires urgent action.
*Retention rates of early-career teachers (between two and five years into their careers) have dropped significantly between 2012 and 2018.
*Alternative sources of teacher supply, such as returners and overseas-trained teachers, have not increased in spite of the growing supply challenge.
*One in five teachers (20 per cent) feel tense about their job most or all of the time, compared to 13 per cent of similar professionals. Two out of five teachers (41 per cent) are dissatisfied with their amount of leisure time, compared to 32 per cent of similar professionals.
*Teaching’s traditional ‘recession-proof’ advantage over other professions has eroded over time due to a relatively strong graduate labour market. High job security for graduates outside of teaching makes it harder to attract them into teaching and retain them.
- According to Renaissance UK, Mr Men books are harder to read than some Roald Dahl classics. Bad Dad by David Walliams is currently the most read-book in primary schools, while Gangsta Granny is currently the most read-book in secondary schools. Download the report here.
- The BBC say that foreign language learning is at its lowest level in UK secondary schools since the turn of the millennium, with German and French falling the most.