Our current economic system faces many problems. In 2007 we went through a major crash, for reasons way beyond most people's understanding. Interest rate setting, the Libor scandal, the subprime mortgage scandal and many other such activities, demonstrated a calamitous manipulation of the economy in their own interests by a bunch of 'financial experts' in suits.
Whether it's on the government's part or through direct action from schools, I do firmly believe that it's time to see business gain a more prominent place in the classroom. We've already seen the wonders that small businesses can do for employment and our economy in general, so isn't it time our schools inspired a generation of new small business owners and gave them the skills they need?
The National Audit Office's report, Training New Teachers, is a stark warning, confirming that there is a serious national crisis in both teacher recruitment and retention. The Department for Education (DfE) seems to be in denial, blaming anything but its own policies, like a child pointing the finger of blame at others to cover up its own poor behaviour.
This would inform people, spark an interest from a young age, and give a scope for creativity that is not currently present, without forcing people to solely study fashion. I am not putting other arts down, I am trying to bring fashion up to a similar position, and it is my belief that, with these changes in attitude and procedure, this is a very real possibility.
Your government's pledge to fund is important to all Syrians wherever they are, but money in itself will not be enough. Host governments need to be encouraged to make policy changes that will help refugees regain hope: hope that their daily lives can be lived with dignity and hope that one day soon they will be able to go home.
It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.
What happens when disengaged pupils are given the power to make changes to their school environment and to set their own learning goals? Can this help to break the cycle of disengagement? For the last two academic years Demos has been running a pilot in four secondary schools across the country to find out. The students know it as 'Pupil Power'.
It has been three months since my husband and I made the decision to not send our high functioning autistic 6yo daughter back to school after the half term break. Although her autism wasn't diagnosed until last year, I'd long had my suspicions that something more than the usual was at the bottom of her incredibly poor sleep and challenging behaviour.
Let me be clear, I founded Fearless Futures because I believe that gender injustice is so ordinary, everyday and entrenched that we mostly do not see it. My belief is that social change starts with understanding how the problem manifests itself, in our own lives and beyond, so that we can dare to challenge it, resist it and reimagine a better world.