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March 23, 2023

Government emergency alert scheduled for 23rd April

  • The UK government are scheduling a test alert for Sunday 23rd April 2023.
  • Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that warns you if there is a danger to life nearby.
  • In an emergency, your phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe.
  • You may get alerts about severe flooding, fires or extreme weather.
  • The test alert will last for approximately ten seconds and your phone or tablet may make a loud siren-like sound even if on silent, vibrate or read out the alert.
  • For more information, please see the UK Government website.

ChatGPT bug leaked users’ conversation histories

  • A ChatGPT glitch meant that some users could temporarily see the titles of other users’ conversations.
  • Each conversation a user has with ChatGPT is stored in their chat history bar where it can be revisited.
  • However, some users reported seeing conversations that did not belong to them.
  • Users have taken to social media platforms Reddit and Twitter to share images of what they had found.
  • OpenAI Sam Altman said that the issue has now been fixed and the company feel “awful.”
  • Many users are still concerned about privacy on the platform.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Nearly a quarter of state pupils absent from 10 per cent of lessons in Oxfordshire

  • 22.1% of pupils in Oxfordshire were ‘persistently absent’ in the 2021-22 academic year.
  • This is a significant rise from the 2020-2021 (10.3%) and 2018-2019 (10.5%) academic years.
  • The number of pupils “severely absent,” which means missing 50% of lessons, also increased.
  • The figures in Oxfordshire reflect a national trend with more pupils missing school because of the Covid pandemic.
  • Due to government cuts, escalating rates of poor mental health, poverty, abuse and neglect and the erosion of provision of support services, experts worry that “attendance will continue to be extremely challenging”.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Yahoo News website.

Study finds teacher vacancies in England 93% higher than pre-pandemic

  • Teacher vacancies in England have almost doubled since before the pandemic.
  • Research has shown that school leaders were increasingly forced to use non-specialist teachers which threatens to negatively affect pupil attainment.
  • A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) found that teacher vacancies posted by schools were 93% higher in the academic year up to February 2023 than pre-pandemic.
  • Staff turnover in England is up 37% compared with 2021-22.
  • The study also highlights recruitment problems, with initial training numbers for 2023-24 largely below target.
  • For more please see the Guardian’s website.