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‘Schools should have consistent policy on phones’

[ad_1] Image copyright Children's Commissioner's Office Image caption Anne Longfield urges schools to be bold about phone use Pupils in schools where smartphones are banned like being free of the associated pressures, says England's Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield.Ms Longfield said schools across England should have a consistent approach to the use of mobile phones.She told the Commons Science and Technology Committee that every school seemed to have its own policy
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‘Tinkering’ children make robots, planes and catapults

[ad_1] Primary pupils in Manchester have been building robots, planes, vehicles and catapults, using their creativity and problem solving skills under a teaching approach dubbed "tinkering". The Royal Academy of Engineering and University of Manchester have been working in schools for the past three years and have devised a curriculum which they say capitalises on children's natural engineering skills.The latest EngineeringUK data indicates that the UK is facing an annual
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School isolation rooms: ‘It was like I didn’t exist’

[ad_1] The BBC has learned that more than 200 school children spent at least five consecutive days placed in school isolation booths last year. Isolation facilities are used to remove pupils from classrooms when their behaviour has been disruptive.More than 5,000 children with special educational needs were also found to have spent time in isolation rooms at some stage.The Department for Education says children should be in isolation no longer
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Hertfordshire school’s drill dance from the 1800s

[ad_1] Students at a school in Hertfordshire are carrying on a dance tradition dating back centuries.The School Drill dance has been performed at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, in Rickmansworth, since the 1800s.The dance, which is a mix of marching to music with no spoken instruction and callisthenics, is performed three times a year and takes 20 minutes.It involves 180 pupils aged between 11 and 18. [ad_2] Source link
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Pseudonyms to protect authors of controversial articles

[ad_1] Image copyright Pic by John Cairns Image caption Prof Jeff McMahan said there is a need for more open discussion Academics who are frightened to explore controversial topics, in case it provokes a backlash, will soon have a safer route to publish such work.An international group of university researchers is planning a new journal which will allow articles on sensitive debates to be written under pseudonyms.They feel free intellectual
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Stormzy’s scholarship scheme ‘rejected’ by Oxford University

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stormzy says his funding scheme for black students was turned down by Oxford University Stormzy says his offer to fund a scholarship scheme for two black students was rejected by the University of Oxford.The rapper's scholarship, which was announced in August, was instead taken up by the University of Cambridge.At an event on Wednesday, Stormzy reportedly said he approached Oxford with the idea
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Where do teachers get the most respect?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The teaching profession has a high public status in China If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem.But their colleagues in Brazil, Israel and Italy are at the other end of this "teacher status index", based
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Children are being ‘datafied from birth’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The children's commissioner for England is calling on internet giants and toy-makers to be more transparent about the data they are collecting on children. Today's children are the first to be "datafied" from birth and little thought has been given to the consequences, a report for her says.Who Knows What about Me? calls for a statutory duty of care between social media giants and their