Artificial intelligence 'should be used to give children one-on-one tutoring'

Artificial intelligence should be used to provide children with one-to-one tutoring to improve their learning and monitor their well-being, academics have argued. One-to-one tutoring has long been thought the most-effective approach to teaching but would be too expensive to provide for all students. However, in a paper, academics from University College London’s Knowledge Lab argue that AI systems could simulate human one-to-one tutoring by delivering learning activities tailored to a student’s needs and providing targeted and timely feedback, all without an individual teacher present. Instead of being examined in traditional…

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National Offer Day: One in seven parents fail to get children into chosen secondary school

Thousands of disappointed parents are having to face up to the fact that they have failed to get their children into their first choice secondary school. Around one in seven parents were understood to have lost out as a result of National Offer Day – the day the parents of 554,000 11-year-olds know their children’s fate. The figure is similar to last year – when a total of 84,200 parents were rejected by their first choice school. There were wide variations across the country – – with parents in London,…

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Growing number of children self-harming as mental health problems amongst pupils rise, says new survey

Growing number of children are self-harming or harbouring suicidal thoughts as mental health problems amongst pupils rise, says a newly-published survey of headteachers. A survey of 338 schools revealed more than half (55 per cent) said they had experienced a large increase in cases of anxiety and stress – while more than 40 per cent reported a big increase in cyber-bullying. The survey, conducted jointly by the Association of School and College Leaders – which represents secondary school heads – and the National Children’s Bureau – also reported that nearly…

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