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Wednesday 16th January 2019


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Education news

Facebook backs DfE online safety lessons for pupils
Social media giant Facebook has backed the government's new online safety lessons to help school pupils recognise online dangers.


The tech firm has endorsed the proposed online lesson curriculum ahead of a meeting with ministers and anti-bullying campaigners today.


The lessons form part of government plans to make relationships, sex and health education classes compulsory at all schools from September 2020.


The new curriculum has been designed to teach every pupil about how to recognise dangers online, including what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, the Department for Education (DfE) said.


School standards minister Nick Gibb will meet Facebook alongside online safety charities the Diana Award and Childnet to discuss internet safety.


Read more via TES

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HfL English blog: Getting more mileage out of the Y5/6 spelling list

In this blog, Penny Slater explains how an understanding of morphology might help you to see the words from the Y5/6 list in a whole new light.


"Every teacher will tell you that teaching time is precious – too often we feel that there is just not enough of it to cover everything that we want our children to know.


Therefore, any tricks on how teaching time can be maximised must surely be welcomed; especially when these tricks relate to the massive task that is teaching the spellings on the year 5/6 word lists.


To read the full HfL blog, please visit: Getting more mileage out of the Y5/6 spelling list

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Hertfordshire school news

Stevenage school hosts mental health awareness day for students

A Stevenage school dedicated a day to supporting their students’ mental health on Friday.


The Barclay School in Walkern Road held a Mental Health Awareness Day with a number of activities put on for pupils.


Among these was a clubbercise session with Gaby Curtis, former student Luke Trainer demonstrating mixed martial arts and Paula Vale from The Mindfulness Space helping children meditate.


Rachel Buttress, the emotional wellbeing lead at the school, said: “At The Barclay School we aspire to develop our students’ potential to the full and to help them grow into successful, caring and respectful young people.


“In our ambition to support this, we created an opportunity for a Barclay Mental Health Awareness Day." 


Read more via The Comet

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