What’s been happening in the news just lately?

  • A report from a new education think tank, Education and Skills (EDSK), challenges the accuracy of Ofsted inspection grades such as outstanding, good or requires improvement.

A spokeswoman for Ofsted dismissed the think tank’s claims saying, “There is little new in the report and several inaccuracies. Some of it we have said ourselves and are addressing through our new inspections, which will launch this autumn.”

You can read their report ‘Requires Improvement’ here.

  • As part of Brighton and Hove City Council’s pronoun badges campaign, schools are to give pronoun stickers to pupils to prevent “misgendering”. Messages such as “gender is a spectrum”, “respect my pronouns, respect me” and “my pronouns matter”.

The council’s badges indicate whether people would like to be addressed as “he”, “she” or “they” and some are left blank to allow people to fill in their own pronouns.

(Image: Brighton & Hove City Council)

Invented by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, he says

I don’t accept that the use of emoji is a sign that people are losing the ability to communicate with words, or that they have a limited vocabulary. Some people said the same about anime and manga, but those fears were never realised. And it’s not even a generational thing … People of all ages understand that a single emoji can say more about their emotions than text. Emoji have grown because they meet a need among mobile phone users. I accept that it’s difficult to use emoji to express complicated or nuanced feelings, but they are great for getting the general message across.

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