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13th March 2015 at 00:00

Teach children about `sexting', says minister

All schoolchildren must be taught a "curriculum for life" that helps them to deal with modern issues such as "sexting" and revenge porn, according to Nicky Morgan. Speaking this week, the education secretary highlighted research by the NSPCC children's charity which shows that six in 10 teenagers have been asked for sexual images or videos online. Ms Morgan said: "Many feel compelled to do it because of peer pressure or coercion. Let's be clear that the internet and the advance of the digital age are things to celebrate and embrace, but let us not deny that they bring new pressures that require new responses, too." Personal, social, health and economic education were all key to creating successful adults, Ms Morgan added.

A-level students offered pound;15,000 to be teachers

Teenagers studying for A-levels in maths and science are being offered up to pound;15,000 to help with their university costs - if they commit to teach for three years after graduating. The move is part of a pound;67 million package aimed at bringing an extra 17,500 maths and physics teachers into the classroom. Other initiatives include fast-track programmes to encourage career-changers who want to switch from sectors such as engineering or medicine. However, teaching unions said the approach was "piecemeal". Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said the government should fund all trainee teachers, rather than just those in selected subjects.

Nursery schools dying out despite Ofsted approval

Maintained nursery schools are being left to "wither on the vine" despite their reputation for providing high-quality education, a new report warns. The number of nursery schools dropped to 414 last year, down by more than 60 since 2003, despite 96 per cent being rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. The report from Early Education says that nurseries are under threat as they are more expensive to run than other forms of early years education. "Rather than letting them wither on the vine through short-sighted attempts at cutting costs, we should be using them as a means of bringing up quality across the early years sector," it adds.

Pakistan government renames schools in honour of Taliban victims

More than 100 schools in Pakistan have been renamed in honour of the victims of a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar last year. Gunmen killed more than 150 pupils and teachers after scaling the walls of an army-run school in December 2014. The government of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province said it would rename 107 schools in the region as a permanent memorial to the victims. Information minister Mushtaq Ghani said the decision would serve as a message to the militants that they could not stop education.

Secondaries invited to enter well-being contest

UK secondary schools are being urged to put themselves forward as potential candidates for a groundbreaking programme to help combat poor physical and mental health among pupils and teachers. The chosen school will receive significant investment from Nuffield Health, including state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a bespoke well-being strategy. It comes after the healthcare provider carried out a study with the 2020health thinktank, which found that 73 per cent of teaching staff said their job had a negative impact on their health and well-being.


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