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Teenage hormones ‘turn pupils off school for three years’

BBC – Judith Burns

“Adolescence and boredom can turn pupils off learning for three years in early secondary school, suggests a study. The overwhelming majority of pupils start secondary school with “initial enthusiasm” but this wanes during the first two years, figures suggest. The proportion who “feel good about school” falls 10 percentage points to 84% between ages seven and 14, suggests a GL Assessment poll of 32,000 pupils. Head teachers’ leaders said schools were working hard to address the issue.”(more)

10 tips for being a better parent: a headteacher writes

The Guardian – Staff Writer

“Welcome to the new school year, maybe the new school. Over the summer, stories made headlines when parents fell out spectacularly with schools – over paying for meals, or disappointing results. We headteachers really want to get on with all our families. Sometimes, though, we see the fallout of unwise parenting. We look at some children’s anxieties or difficult behaviour and we have an idea where it comes from. Mums and dads have learned their own foibles from their parents, so I would like to make a few suggestions about parenting, on behalf of schools … and children.”(more)

Back to school: 30 tips from the experts

The Telegraph – Boudicca Fox-Leonard

“Fresh new shirts and smart new shoes have been bought and summer holiday tans are already fading, signs that can point only to one thing –it’s time to go back to school. But stresses and strains at the start of a new academic year can be just as overwhelming for parents as for children. For those in need of support and guidance, we have consulted childcare and education experts to compile 30 invaluable back-to-school tips to take at least some of the pain out of this traumatic annual transition.”(more)

Smartphones: should they be left at the school gates?

The Guardian – Patrick Collinson

“‘Two others in my class have got one. When can I have one?’ That’s not the words of a teenager, but from a colleague’s six-year-old tugging at his parents to buy him a mobile phone. Needless to say, he won’t be getting one. His parent’s retort was: “You’ll have to wait until you go to secondary school.” But why should we assume that even 11 is the right age to have a mobile? Is it another case of parents, in effect, passing responsibility on to teachers? Smartphones are the technological wonder of our era. They are meant to be fabulously distracting. One in 10 adults reach for their smartphone immediately upon waking. Within 15 minutes of getting up, 55% of adults have checked theirs. These are the averages for adults; we can safely assume the figures for teenagers will be much higher. The same research, by Deloitte, found that one-fifth of 18- to 24-year-olds are looking at their smartphones when crossing the road. Only a fifth? One cheesed-off teacher tells me of the constant disruption to lessons from texting, tweeting and snapchatting. Phones are confiscated, but pupils are allowed to collect them at the end of the day. As a deterrent, it fails – the same kids are at it the next day.”(more)

More than 57,000 children become overweight or obese during primary school

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Every year, 57,100 children who started primary school in England at a healthy weight end up obese or overweight by the time they leave, according to new statistics published today (Thursday) by Cancer Research UK. This worrying statistic adds to the fact that one in five children are already overweight or obese when they start primary school. And by the time they leave, that figure rises to one in three. To highlight the staggeringly high level of children’s obesity and epidemic of rising ill-health, Cancer Research UK has transformed a shop front into an XL school uniform shop to show the new norm of larger school uniforms. The Government has reneged on its commitment to publish a robust strategy to tackle the crisis of children’s obesity. Encouraging exercise and a sugar tax alone won’t curb the rise of ill-health which could cost the NHS billions. Commitments to protect children from junk food marketing and mandatory targets to reduce the amount of fat, sugar and salt in food are also vital.”(more)

How to prepare your child for school in a few easy steps

The Telegraph – Anita Griggs

“Parents with a child starting school in September will doubtless be feeling a sense of excitement coupled with a tinge of nerves and even sadness at the end of an era – an era when the parent was the absolute centre of their child’s world. The first day of school is undoubtedly a key rite of passage. This is the start of a new adventure: playing and interacting with new friends, sharing, taking turns and settling into a new routine. But of course, this is not the start of your child’s education which began at at birth, since when you will have been your child’s most influential teachers. During this time at home your child will have learnt more than at any other period in his or her life.”(more)