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Daily Memo 22-26 May 2017

Welcome to the Parent Zone Daily memo. Here are the stories that have grabbed our attention in education, social care and the digital world...

Friday 26 May 2017

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Finding the right words

Talking about terror attacks: excellent tips for teachers from The Day's Catherine Vale. Read more.


Is there anybody there?

School Direct teacher applications 'plummet.' Read more.


United for children

European countries seek common approach to child protection training. Read more.


Gadgets r us

The hottest tech products around at the moment. We're liking the look of the Polaroid Pop. Read more.

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‘I hope the grade boundaries are as low as my self esteem’

GCSE Maths exam prompts quite funny tweets. Read more.


Thursday 25 May 2017

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Obama on selfies and social media

Former US president Barack advises University of chicago students to be more 'circumspect' when taking selfies. Read more.


Tens of thousands of potential engineers missed due to exams' focus on literacy

Up to 30,000 children with strong spatial reasoning skills could be missed by the education system, according to a study by GL Assessment. Read more.


Why do we fidget?

Fidget spinners may be being banned from schools but is fidgeting a problem with attention, or the solution asks Harriet Dempsey-Jones from Oxford University. Read more.


Teaching assistant stole primary school’s charity money to pay off son’s drug dealer

Caroline Hannigan admitted taking £287 raised for the British Heart Foundation and giving it to dealers who threatened to make her 'disappear' over her son's drug debts. Read more.


Teachers must stop Manchester attack from fuelling extremism, says husband of murdered MP

Brendan Cox, husband of Jo Cox who was killed by a far-right extremist last June, says that teachers should emphasise to pupils that society is not full of people actively looking to cause harm. Read more.


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Is social media making you unsociable?

The more social media sites people are signed up to, the less likely they are to see their friends in real life, research says. Read more.


Wednesday 24 May 2017

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The benefits of iPads

Young children's skills in English, communication and maths improve with regular iPad use, say researchers. Read more.


University dropout rates increase

Students dropping out of their courses due to mental health problems has trebled in recent years, show figures. Read more.


Instagram to introduce archive feature

The social media app will soon enable users to save their pictures. Read more.


Coffee shop Wi-Fi 'most dangerous' say experts

Why consumers are being urged to think twice when connecting to certain public wi-fi hotspots. Read more.


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Retro or redundant?

As the new Nokia 3310 goes on sale, how long could you survive on a pre-smartphone era mobile? Read more.


Tuesday 23 May 2017 

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 A TA-led literacy project has no impact, study finds

 A literacy programme led by teaching assistants has had no impact, according an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation. Read more

Music producer develops hip-hop revision app 

Music producer helps his son with his GCSE revision by singing key information from the syllabus over a hip-hop track. He has now made over 600 tracks that cover core subjects using content supplied by teachers and condensed them into an App, Study Tracks, which has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times since its launch in December. Read more

As rents and property prices sky rocket, homeless teachers speak out

 As housing crisis esculates three teachers reveal their fears of being made homeless. Read more

Fake news spreads following attack on Manchester Arena 

False news is already spreading about the terror attack has claimed the lives of at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. This article lists the claims you shouldn't believe about the incident. Read more



Helping children cope with the news of traumatic events 

Following the terrible news from Manchester this ParentInfo advice for helping kids cope with media coverage of traumatic events may help. Read More


Monday 22 May 2017

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One head teacher calls quits on SATs

Jill Wood from Little London Primary, Leeds, is taking alternative measures to document pupils' progress. Read more.


Gaming in the classroom

An interesting blog exploring 'gamification' in schools and how it prepares pupils for life in a surveillance state. Read more.


Facebook's secrets revealed

The ethics underlying Facebook's protocol to deal with sex, terrorism and violent content have come under debate. Read more.


Happy app-ing

All the latest news from the world of apps. From Instagram face filters to Google Assistant on i0S, read more here.


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Teachers: befriend your pupil's parents

...says parent educator Steve Biddulph. Interested to hear why he believes it's a good idea? Read more.