Pushy parents stress out children, Eton head says

BBC – Abigail Simmons “There has been a rise in the number of parents “living their lives through their ambitions for their children”, the head teacher of Eton has said. Tony Little, who is leaving the school, said most parents had been...

Mobile phone bans improve school exam results, research shows

The Guardians – Richard Adams “Schools that ban pupils from carrying mobile phones show a sustained improvement in exam results, with the biggest advances coming from struggling students, according to research published by the London School of Economics....

Children ‘more likely to confide in pets than siblings’

BBC – Sean Coughlan “Children who are facing adversity, such as illness or parents splitting up, are more likely to confide in their pet than brothers or sisters, according to research. Matt Cassels at Cambridge University says far too little attention has...

Character classes: can you teach a six-year-old how to be good?

The Guardian – Will Storr “Warren is here to change these children. For 14 years, she’s been trying to help the youngsters of Buckinghamshire become better humans. I’ve come to St Paul’s Combined School in the pretty village of Wooburn Green to watch her...