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.
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