• Behaviour monitoring app used in half of UK schools defended

The use of a behaviour-monitoring app used by at least one teacher in half of all UK schools, has been defended against pupil privacy concerns.

The ClassDojo app allows teachers to award points to pupils throughout the day and take points away for bad behaviour. Pupils and parents also use the app – with pupils able to see how well they’re doing and parents able to see real-time updates. The points for the entire class can also been seen during the lesson.

Some privacy experts have, however, criticised the app, and the practice of making the children’s data available.  Questions have also been raised over whether third-parties have access to the data and how children are being protected.

However, Martha Hughes, deputy headteacher at Coupals Primary Academy, who uses the app with her year 6 students, claimed she would never display a child’s personal results in front of others. She adds that the app also provides a way to send pictures of classwork home to parents and improve communication.

“We just had mock SAT exams, so I put these in the letter home with their results and said that if there are any worries that stop you or child enjoying their (half-term) holiday, please send me