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October 13, 2023

Jewish parents told to delete social media apps

  • Some Jewish parents have been told by schools to delete social media from their children’s phones in the midst of the Israel-Gaza war.
  • One of the main concerns is over possible hostage videos being shared that may cause distress.
  • These warnings have been circulating in Israel itself, the UK and the US.
  • The UK’s technology secretary met with bosses of social media companies Google, Meta, X, TikTok and Snapchat.
  • She asked the platforms to clearly set out what action they were taking to remove illegal material that breaches their terms and conditions.
  • Visit INEQE’s website for guidance on ‘Talking to your Child about War and Conflict’.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

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According to report, schools in Wales not addressing grammar issues

  • Estyn inspected schools for all ages in Wales from 2022-23 to create an overview of what is working well across education. 
  • It found that too many children in Wales continue to make basic errors in punctuation and grammar that are not addressed well enough through teacher feedback. 
  • The report was put together by Estyn’s chief inspector Owen Evans and is intended to “provide a timely overview of what’s working well and what needs to improve” across education and training. 
  • Of secondary schools examined, 18 (64%) schools received a recommendation to improve the effectiveness of teaching. 
  • The Association of School and College Leaders Cymru’s director Eithne Hughes said the report shows a “lack of understanding of the pressures that school and college leaders are under and the context in which they are operating”. 
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.  

Low confidence and periods stop girls liking PE, Youth Sport Trust survey suggests

  • Periods and low confidence were the most common reasons girls who responded to the Youth Sport Trust survey gave for not wanting to take part in PE.
  • A Department for Education official said its plans for improving girls’ access to sport included encouraging schools to offer a minimum of two hours of PE a week.
  • Olympic pole-vault bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw said the survey was disappointing but unsurprising.
  • She stated that if schools offered a wider range of PE kits, it could help improve girls’ uptake and enjoyment of sport.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.