Helping you to keep up with the latest news from the education industry

edition 63 | 20-10-17

In the UK

Self-harm rising among teenage girls

There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls ages 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK.

Chilling Childline video as number of suicide calls from kids soars

Staff at Birmingham Childline say they have never before seen such huge numbers of children calling about suicide.

Two-thirds of teens want more online safety support

New survey published as Facebook teams up with Childnet International and The Diana Award to offer digital safety ambassadors for every secondary school.

Oxford accused of ‘social apartheid’ as colleges admit no black students

Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015.

Campus security on sexual health week: ‘we’ll be as frank as our contracts allow’

Some staff aren’t fond of the hijinks that happen during sexual health week, but we’ve got to make sure students are clued up on all things venereal.

In the US

Gates Foundation pledges $1.7 Billion to K-12 education, will focus on building school networks

Bill Gates on Thursday plans to announce a $1.7 billion investment and detail his philanthropic organization’s move toward building collaborative school networks.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ removed from school in Mississippi

Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told The Sun Herald there had been complaints about the book.

California passes law ending ‘meal shaming’ in schools

The law will ensure that children are not denied a full lunch because of their parents’ debt.

Hackers are targeting schools, U.S. Department of Education warns

At least three states have been targeted by the extortion attempt from hackers asking schools to give them money or the group will release stolen private records, according to the department.

Educators call on school leaders to unblock social media in the classroom

In an attempt to protect students from inappropriate material, the article says districts have gone too far in the other direction by blocking site such as Facebook and YouTube that have multiple educational purposes.

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