Record amount of online child abuse blocked

  • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has said that more online child sexual abuse is being blocked by tech firms than ever before.
  • It has said that its current watch list of URLs containing abuse images stands at 24,649, nearly double what it was in 2021.
  • The IWF has said it showed that the new online safety bill cannot be delayed any longer.
  • To read more, go to the Independent’s website.

Education minister says free school meals criteria ‘always under review’

  • The education minister has said that the criteria for who qualifies for free school meals is “always under review”.
  • The Independent’s Feed the Future campaign is calling on the government to extend free school meals to all children in poverty in England.
  • Currently, 800,000 children live in households on universal credit but miss out on free school meals because their parents earn more than £7,400 a year, excluding benefits.
  • To find out more, go to the Independent’s website.

Thousands of English schools in grip of funding crisis plan redundancies

  • A survey from the National Association of Head Teachers has found thousands of schools in England are drawing up plans to make staff redundant in the face of a funding crisis.
  • In many cases, they will also have to cut mental health support and COVID catch-up tuition.
  • Two thirds of 11,000 school leaders surveyed said they will have to make teaching assistants redundant or reduce their hours.
  • Half (50%) are looking to cut the number of teachers or teaching hours.
  • To learn more, go to the Guardian’s website.