Monday 21st of June 2021

Essex ex-head teacher banned for indecent child images 

  • A former headteacher at an infant school who was jailed for possessing indecent images of children has been banned from the profession for life. 
  • Daniel Chapman of Chelmsford, Essex, also discussed child sexual fantasies with other men. 
  • Now aged 33 and known as Alexander Martin, he admitted 12 offences and was jailed for 30 months at Chelmsford Crown Court in November 2019. 
  • A professional conduct panel said the offences were “very disturbing”.
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Covid: Snapchat, TikTok, Reddit and YouTube encourage young people to get vaccinated

  • Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and YouTube are working with the government and NHS to encourage more young people to get the coronavirus vaccine. 
  • It comes after over-18s were invited to receive the vaccine in England, with more than one million bookings made in just two days.
  • As part of the drive, Snapchat users can use NHS stickers, a filter, and an augmented reality lens that says, ‘I’ve had my vaccine’. 
  • The app will also host a series of Q&As with medical experts on the Prime Minister’s Snapchat account. 
  • Snapchat has also expanded its Here for You feature, providing in-app resources for people looking for mental health and well-being information.
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    Woman to stand trial in France for killing stepfather after years of ‘abuse’ 

    • A French woman, Valérie Bacot, will walk into a court today to be tried for killing her stepfather turned husband. She has admitted shooting him dead and believes she should be punished. 
    • In her defence, she is expected to tell the hearing at Chalon-sur-Saône in Burgundy how Daniel ‘Dany’ Polette made her life hell from the day he raped her when she was 12, to the day he died 24 years later while sexually exploiting her. 
    • Bacot, who had four children with her alleged abuser, will say how she was convinced Polette would kill them all and how everyone knew he was a violent sexual predator. Still, nobody said or did anything, including local police who received reports from her children. 
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      Disadvantaged young people have no faith in exam grades appeals system, government warned

      • More than half of disadvantaged young people are “not confident” they will be able to appeal unfair grades this summer following the exams marking fiasco of last year. 
      • A total of 52 per cent of disadvantaged pupils are worried about the appeals process, while 38 per cent are not confident they will receive grades reflective of their ability, a new survey of over 1,500 high-achieving disadvantaged young people by the Social Mobility Foundation has found. 
      • The findings come as the Department for Education and Education Policy Institute published research suggesting a lack of in-person teaching following the pandemic has led to a widening of the disadvantage gap.
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