Last week saw the publication of the annual Ofsted report which looked at the outcomes of schools' inspections in 2013-14. The report's headline-grabber was that progress in secondary schools in the UK 'has stalled', with 29% of state secondary schools now rated as less than good.
There seems to be a tired, frustrating belief in British culture that sex is something that needs to be kept indoors and not talked about, especially if you're a politician or public figure. Supposedly looking at naked, sexual pictures of people is something that we are all supposed to be up in arms about...
If suggestions that the expression is inherently offensive seem somewhat far-fetched, there is no doubt that lad culture has colonised it. We see banter spilling over into both misogyny - reinforcing a false notion that 'catcalling', humiliation and physical harassment are part of a normal night out...
Living in England is not a privilege. Here, everything seems to be taken for granted. Few could imagine how it feels to be prohibited from going back home. Or have the feeling of not being able to try calming your traumatised siblings down after they had to run over corpses of neighbours and friends.
Here's the resounding message: 'Don't get raped!'. Why is there no talk telling people not to rape, and teaching them what constitutes rape? Considering that most victims of sexual assault are assaulted by somebody they know, the 'don't walk home alone' message is proving to be falling short in protecting students. We need something more.
We've got to understand what the goal of gay advocacy really is. When I was growing up I didn't want to be like everyone else... Gay people aren't criminals asking to be loved in spite of their crimes. They're not addicts wanting to be understood beyond their addiction. And they're certainly not sinners wishing to be spared of evil.
Up to 4.3 million tonnes of surplus food is produced each year, but only 2% of that goes to charities to feed the hungry. Around 3.7 million tonnes of this is destroyed or burned. While the political pressure simmers, an army of young activists are striving to tackle these issues from the front line. Chief amongst them is Grace Jones, a 15-year-old campaigner from Croydon.
We don't just owe it to the young people who are most vulnerable to maintain our youth services, we owe it to all young people who have so much potential and are deserving of support that will foster and nurture their interests and needs.
Despite growing up in notoriously crime-ridden countries in Africa, I always felt safe at school. With time, it didn't make much difference that the school bus I rode to school in Johannesburg was bulletproof. I grew used to the barbed wire that surrounded the boundaries of my school in Tanzania.
Once the reality of living in Paris hit home, the cost of doing so brought such excitement to a brief halt. It turns out, your year abroad differs greatly from your holiday; euros are not Monopoly money and now you have to buy washing up liquid. Therefore, jumpers from your netball club, whose only appeal is their impressive Parisian logo are a no-go. Below are some tips for doing Paris on a budget, as your home or your holiday.
How To Get Away With Murder is taking the US television scene by storm in the new season. However, its fresh take on legal drama is not what's drawing unique attention. Instead, the uber-conservative cross section of American viewership is up in arms over the 'controversial' depiction of passionate gay sex scenes.
Now I would like to start off by admitting that I am not a huge fan of cereal. It was around the age of 11 when I realised that I don't like how it gets soggy within minutes, nor the fact that unless the milk is just above the threshold of freezing, I find it unpalatable.
If I could go back in time, there's so many things I'd tell my teenage self. Those kids you think everyone loves, actually everyone hates them, white foundation is not a good look (yes, I was a goth) and stop putting up with all that shit from people who either act like they're your friends and they're not...
When our course leader presented this year's FAD brief to us, I didn't hesitate to enter as I know what a great opportunity it can be for fashion students to show their work - as finalists, we get to showcase our mini collections at London Fashion Week in February. That's also when I'll find out if I've won!
Politicians are beginning to wake up to the fact that they can no longer silence the younger generations. For far too long young people in our country have been taken for granted with a view that they are not passionate, engaged or informed enough to shape it and its future.
Political parties are right to worry that young people are marginalised. Representation, however, is a two-way street. If we want to rebuild the connection between young people and political institutions, institutions and the policy makers within them must wake up to their burden of responsibility to represent young citizens...
It is no longer acceptable to sit back and do nothing as our young people grapple with the challenges posed by an increasingly complex world. If we want the next generation to have every chance of growing up in a fair, safe and equal world, all of us - including politicians - need to act.
After attending the International Volunteering Conference in Croydon, The Rosie May Memorial Fund were invited to share their opinion on international volunteering, the problem's with institutionalisation, and the bad press volunteering faces.