Primary teachers’ efforts to identify and support neglected children are being hampered by a lack of resources and training, according to research by children’s charity the NSPCC. Realising the Potential (bit.ly/RealisingPotential) draws on interviews with 893 teachers, health visitors, GPs and midwives. It says teachers need clear expectations, adequate resources and access to high-quality training and supervision to help prevent neglected children from coming to harm.
The popular #PrimaryRocks twitter chat will be launching in the real world with an event in Manchester next spring. The weekly internet chat between primary teachers was started a year ago by Gaz Needle, assistant headteacher at St Joseph’s RC Primary in Oldham. It has produced an eclectic mix of questions, including “Should male primary school teachers wear ties?” The live event at Medlock Primary on 19 March has already sold out but is sure to be heavily tweeted.
Pupils at a Cambridgeshire primary are to be educated about transgender issues to prepare them for a staff member’s gender transition, it was reported. A letter from the headteacher informs parents and guardians that the midday supervisor plans to “undergo gender realignment and become a woman”. It adds: “We have begun to prepare children in a very general sense by taking opportunities in class and assemblies to talk about equality, diversity and different life choices.” The primary has acquired resources, such as picture books, and teachers will discuss the topic in class.
Code Club, a network of after-school clubs where primary pupils learn programming, has joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the charity behind the credit card-sized computer. Code Club, which provides volunteers to thousands of schools across the country to teach nine- to 11-year-olds, hopes the merger will enable it to reach more pupils. Philip Colligan, chief executive of the foundation, said the two organisations had a “shared mission” to get more young people coding and to train more teachers in computer science.