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What does science tell us about improving middle school life

Spark Trader Limited reports: Sitting side by side on a pale green bench in the hallway of a middle school in Charlottesville, Virginia, two sixth-grade girls created a comic strip that chronicled a year of popular schooling. Using a computer program called Pixton, they created a cartoon panel of a girl waving goodbye to her teacher, not knowing how many months it would be before she could return...
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After a chaotic year, can summer school keep kids up? Here’s what the experts say

Spark Trader Limited reports: Margot Zahner, the principal of Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Va., has a vision for summer enrichment that becomes clearer every week. She imagines students reading below the entrance to a building next to two silver maples, another group studying the life cycles of plants and insects in a nearby community garden, and a third preparing to play parents...

School mental health care ‘under increasing pressure because of back-to-school lockdown’

Spark Trader Limited reports: The head of the school warned on Tuesday that mental health support services in schools would come under greater pressure as youngsters returned to the classroom and problems emerged from the lockdown. The move comes amid fears that hundreds of schools could be forced to reinstate stricter COVID-19 measures because of the rise in cases. The removal of mitigation...
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Teachers “need training” to discuss consent and rape in sex education classes

Spark Trader Limited reports: Not enough teachers are properly trained to teach "sensitive and complex" sex education, including about consent, experts warned on Wednesday. Sex education has been made compulsory in secondary schools in England this academic year but there is insufficient funding to train teachers, campaigners say. Under the Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)...
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Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities

Spark Trader Limited reports: Afghan women can continue to study at university, including graduate level, but classes will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress will be compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said on Sunday. Minister Haqqani announced the new policy at a news conference. A few days ago, Afghanistan's new rulers formed an all-male government. On...
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Facebook is rolling out new controls for kids using its platform

Spark Trader Limited reports: Facebook is rolling out several features, including encouraging teens to use its photo-sharing app Instagram to take a break and "alerting" teens to repeatedly view the same content that is harmful to their health, following hard evidence that its platform is harming children. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook also plans to introduce new optional controls for adults...
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Charities say teachers need to help win over parents in sex education

Spark Trader Limited reports: Teachers need help discussing new sex education lessons with parents to 'win their hearts and minds', a leading charity has warned. Coram Life Education, which provides relationships and health Education for children, said it had been "inundated" with requests from schools to support the teaching of new relationships, sex and health Education lessons. Sex education...
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Students in London have chosen to cover their faces in class to ward off COVID-19

Spark Trader Limited reports: Some students in London have chosen to wear face masks in the classroom amid concerns that schools' coronavirus security measures are not strict enough. More than half of pupils at a London secondary school have volunteered to wear face masks in class, despite current guidance suggesting they should only be used in public places. In other schools, teachers report...
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Schools across the country are struggling to find staff. That’s why

Spark Trader Limited reports: Pay students to provide lunch during school hours. Bringing retired teachers back into the classroom. Hire a bus driver to do the cleaning. Classes will be shortened to four days a week. All over the country, these are some short-term solutions at all levels of the national school staff shortages, teachers, administrators, food workers, care workers, bus drivers, and...
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Students who started a pro-slavery petition at a Missouri high school sued after being suspended and expelled

Spark Trader Limited reports: A little more than two months after students circulated a petition calling for the reinstatement of slavery at a Missouri high school, a lawsuit has been filed against the Park Hill school district, the board of Education and superintendent representatives commenting on the petition for student self-regulation. One student was expelled from the school and three...