Google aims to improve enforcement of children’s ads policy
Google is aiming to improve enforcement of age-sensitive ad policy after ads for sex toys, alcohol and high-risk investments were found in its search engine.
These should have been blocked under Google’s efforts to comply with new UK regulations.
Google’s efforts to respond to these regulations include using automated tools to stop ads related to alcohol, gambling and prescriptions drugs being shown to users not logged into a Google account or confirmed to be 18 and above.
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Free school meal eligibility changes could skew attainment gap data
Transitional arrangements to smooth the roll out of Universal Credit has significantly increased the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.
This has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with around 300,000 pupils in England becoming eligible for free school meals during this period.
A new report by the National Foundation of Education Research (NFER) has warned that this change in the makeup of the disadvantaged group will make it ‘almost impossible’ to track the attainment of disadvantaged pupils for the next decade.
An inquiry is being launched into finding children who have not been attending school following the national lockdowns.
Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, has said that between 80,000 and 100,000 children were not on any school rolls at all.
Although some absences can be explained by illness and COVID-19, de Souza said other children had simply failed to return to the classroom following closures during the pandemic.
De Souza has written to local authorities and safeguarding boards across England and has received commitment from the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahazi, that a database would be created to see attendance data in real-time.
Boris Johnson has announced that England’s Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday, the 27th of January.
The restrictions ending include the wearing of face coverings in public places, the advice for people to work from home and the use of COVID-19 certification.
Geoff Barten, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has welcomed the end of face coverings within the classroom but expressed concern that the government risked giving the impression the crisis was over.
Similarly, school leaders’ unions said Covid remained a challenge for schools, with high numbers of staff and pupils absent.