My six-year-old loves to dance, write and draw. Yesterday, she wanted to fly to the moon; today, she has said that she will settle for being an award-winning pianist. Oldest has dreams and she dreams big. We love the summer holidays. They are weeks that are filled with drawing, trampling through woods, splashing through streams and playing make-believe with her sister: weeks that she loves.
Assessment forms an important part of our education system, allowing teachers to identify and work on a child's weakness and to let parents know how their child is performing and how they can help their child progress. However, questions are currently being raised by teachers and parents about how this new system will work.
A lesson I learned a long time ago was that the build up to what one might classify as a challenging calendar date, tends to be far more challenging than the calendar date itself. Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, each seeming to grow a little less painful as the years go by. I asked myself, Why would this be any different? It really was, though.
Every child, no matter whether their country is rich or poor, whether they live in a village or a city, should be going to school today. Yet despite the 2015 deadline to provide 'Education for All' this isn't happening. Our collective failure to reach global education goals means that 121 million children and adolescents are being denied their right to attend school.
Do I have a life? BEEP BEEP - oh hang on sorry I just got a text, maybe it's someone asking if I want to go out for a drink. Oh no... it's just school AGAIN - apparently they are having cottage pie today instead of the planned menu option in order to celebrate British potato day. Like I give a f*ck!
A week or so ago the boy had the second of his trial mornings at his new school, this time with a packed lunch (the week before it was a proper school dinner - and by proper I mean pizza, chips and spaghetti hoops - an eclectic mix). He loved it and has talked of little else but, 'When can I go to my new school?' and 'When can I go back and see my new teacher?'