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Analysis suggests same-sex schools are better for girls’ exam results than for boys

Recent analysis of data from the National Pupil Database made by FFT Datalab has found that pupils attending all-girls schools in England consistently achieve better exam results compared to their counterparts in mixed schools, or those in all-boys schools. Despite adjustments made for personal background and previous grades, girls’ schools demonstrated an unexplained boost equivalent to 10% higher GCSE grades in 2023. Conversely, boys in all-boys schools showed no significant exam result advantage over those…
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Study indicates the pandemic school closures will impact GCSE grades until 2030

Research from the Nuffield Foundation, conducted by academics from Exeter, Strathclyde and the London School of Economics suggests that the GCSE results of students in England will gradually decline until 2030. It is believed that this will contribute to a lifetime of lower earnings, with the research suggesting that this is the result of the way school closures were handled during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2023, 45% of GCSE students received a “good pass” in…
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Young people’s wellbeing continues to decline internationally

According to the 2024 World Happiness Report, wellbeing is continuing to decline for those under 30 in the United States. So much so, that the US is no longer in the top twenty happiest nations list. The World Happiness Report is a yearly study from Oxford University’s Wellbeing Research Centre, Gallup and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Dr Vivek Murthy, the US surgeon general, believes that children’s exposure to social media is holds most…
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An online sports parenting programme could provide opportunities to engage under-represented families

Organised sport provides an important opportunity for regular physical activity for children, with research demonstrating it is key to children’s health and well-being. Recent research published this month from Matthew Saunders at the University of Queensland, Australia,  has begun to develop a new positive parenting programme, ‘Play Well Triple P’. The programme is designed to support parenting behaviour to enhance their child’s enjoyment and participation in the Junior Rugby League. The research findings demonstrate that…
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Support offered to GCSE students in England

To limit the impact Covid-19 has had on this year’s GCSE cohort, Ofqual is extending support to certain students. Initially requested by the Department for Education, those studying maths, physics, and combined science will be allowed to use formulae and equation sheets during their exams. As Education Secretary Gillian Keegan explained, this is the last GCSE group to have had Covid-related interruptions during secondary school. As she put it, “it’s right that we recognise that…
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UNSECO report urges the ban of smartphones in schools

A new report from UNESCO, the UN’s education, science and culture agency, recommends that smartphones should be banned from classrooms. This suggestion has been made in order to help curb cyberbullying and disruption to learning. The report also cites increased amounts of screen time as being detrimental to a child’s emotional stability. The findings recommend that the inclusion of digital devices or software should be there to supplement face-to-face interaction with teachers, not to replace…
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The importance of sleep on a child’s health, happiness and education

A research study at the University of Otago, New Zealand, finds children who sleep over 30 minutes less a night have a harder time coping at school and have a lower level of health and wellbeing. Research took place in the summer of 2022 with 100 children from New Zealand aged 8-12, who typically have 8-11 hours of sleep per night. During week 1 of the experiment, children went to sleep an hour earlier than…
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Research studies into emotions and the things we say

Brene Bowne is an American professor, qualitative researcher, speaker and author of many books and her work includes ‘Daring Greatly’.  She has spent the last two decades researching vulnerability, courage and empathy. One of Brene’s qualitative studies, with over 1,300 participants, suggests that being vulnerable in both the workplace and in relationships can be an advantage.  A series of studies was also carried out by Erica Boothy and Vanessa Bohns, first published in August 2020,…
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Up to 1.8 million children in the UK face lower quality school meals

According to LACA, the school caterers’ trade body, food prices have risen by 30% since May 2022. In some cases, items have increased in cost by up to 50%. Due to these increasing prices, school caterers are having to consider ways to manage these costs, and as a result, caterers are having to use more processed foods. Other potential changes include switching from British to imported meat, as well as reducing how much of the…
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Cyberbullying on social media

A new report from online protection company McAfee finds that there has been an increase of cyberbullying on social platforms. Children as young as 10 years old are seeing racist attacks and other forms of online harassment. The report finds that globally more than one in four children face some sort of racism in the media, while one in six are affected by sexual harassment. It is notable that cyberbullying is increasingly coming from people…
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