cycling
South London School is Handing Out Number Plates to Curb Bad Cycling

We've all got tales about bad cyclists zooming around the road with no care for the people around them or local traffic laws. If you're like me many of your experiences will involve both unruly children and the odd food delivery person, and one South London school is trying to tackle the former by handing out number plates to children. Read More >>

war
Weapons Manufacturers Routinely Sponsor School Lessons

Companies that make a living selling bombs at least on the side are the target of an investigation by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which says the likes of BAE, Raytheon and Thales are sponsoring learning sessions for primary school children in what would appear to be an attempt to groom kids for careers as warhead assemblers. Read More >>

lego
Lego Puts Money into Pretending Lego is Proper Engineering

Lego has joined in with government initiative the Year of Engineering to promote Lego to kids -- like they need any more encouragement -- with the dangled carrot of a glamorous future career in engineering if your child actually understands how the electronics behind the educational sets work. Read More >>

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Indian College Puts Surveillance Cameras in Men’s Toilets to Deter Cheating

Law students in India were horrified to learn CCTV surveillance cameras had been installed in men’s bathrooms at Dharam Samaj Degree College. The college installed them in men’s toilets nearest the classrooms conducting entrance exams for law and business degrees. Read More >>

health
Doctors Demand Kebab Exclusion Zones Around Schools

The Royal College of Paediatrics has gone a bit Jamie Oliver, and is demanding that MPs consider launching a ban on junk food shops opening within 400 metres of schools so the kids don't end up fat, greasy, and living in fear of limp salad and lurking infestations out back. Read More >>

social media
Social Media Lessons Needed in Schools to De-Stress the Kids

The children's commissioner for England thinks the government should make schools do more to explain the complicated modern world of social media to children, and has also warned that transitioning from primary to secondary school is when the minds of children are the most warped from the pressure to curate their lives into likeable digital parcels. Read More >>

education
Scottish School With One Pupil Needs a New Teacher

The Scottish school of Foula Primary is after a new teacher, and it shouldn't be too much like hard work as from next term there's only going to be one child attending. Read More >>

health
Kids Go Mad for Old Lady Herb Rosemary

Weird myths about plants are still alive and well according to retailer Holland & Barrett, which says the kids are bulk-buying products containing rosemary because of a supposed link between the plant and better mental performance around exam time. Read More >>

crime
500 Kids Took a Knife to School With Them Last Year

A Freedom of Information probing of data from 32 police forces in England and Wales has revealed the shocking state of warfare in our schools, with air rifles, axes, improvised battery tasers, metal rods and even a rolling pin being taken into buildings by children keen to win local turf wars and settle scores. Read More >>

security
Anti-Hacking Lessons are Coming to the School Curriculum

The government is hoping that the youth of the nation might one day end up doing more with technology than holding YouTube in front of their pale, expressionless faces for 16 hours a day, and is putting £20m into a new tech programme to educate kids in the ways of cyber security in the belief that we might end up with some talented future keyboard warriors. Read More >>

education
Teachers Test Body Cameras to Calm the Craziest Kids

A trial of body cameras is being operated by a couple of schools in England, with teachers using the threat of their behaviour being recorded and potentially used as evidence to try to calm down the most disruptive of children. Read More >>

networks
Teacher Abandons School 4G Network Block Idea

A headteacher at a school in North Yorkshire did a bit of reading up and thought she'd found a great way of ending social media bullying and the endless distraction of mobile phones on school time -- blocking the 4G network. Read More >>

google
Google Boss Brings Digital Skills Training to the UK

We've done something to please Google CEO Sundar Pichai, as he's in the UK right now and has announced a plan to offer a chunk of free digital skills training to anyone who thinks they might benefit from five hours of being told how the internet works. Read More >>

education
Teachers are Feeling Besieged by Angry Parents on Social Media

A survey of more than 1,000 head teachers has found that many of them are finding the constant pressure applied by parents through social media too much to handle, with more than half of the teachers polled saying the online behaviour of mums and dads is a big issue that impacts upon their working day. Read More >>

science
Controlled Explosions at UK Schools Due to Incorrect Storage of Chemical

The chemistry department is officially down with the kids, and it’s all thanks to a boo-boo. Controlled explosions have had to be carried out at several schools due to the incorrect storage of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (C6H3(NO2)2NHNH2). Read More >>