Parents who try to shield children from modern relationship and sex education are actually putting their children at greater risk by ignoring the realities of the world around us.
As we approach the last year of my son’s primary education with you, I need you to know how I feel
Within schools, discussion of such caring roles would be a good start, helping all young people understand the reality of other people's lives. Most of all, we need to make sure they are able to be young.
September 25th 2017, marked two years since the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. This momentous anniversary
The government has announced for the third time in 15 years that they intend to impose a baseline test on four-year-old children
I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.
Time brings depth. With a narrow, exam-focused curriculum, we are doing our children an injustice if we don't invest in PSHE. Its teaching can help remove barriers, improve academic outcomes and help young people make informed choices. It surely isn't asking too much to give them the information they might need to handle difficulties better and the space to consider them.
Whilst in this specific situation it sounds like there should be some questions asked about the academic system they live in (no 10 year old needs two hours of homework a night), I worry that the backlash against homework for kids is going a bit too far.
This kind of thinking isn't just beneficial to traditionally tech subjects. It was also found that 96% of teachers felt that computational thinking improves numeracy, 69% said it helps with literacy and 99% agree it supports crucial soft skills like problem-solving.
How much further can we go before we are forced to admit that continuously saving money could mean we have to rescue education? The conversation must continue, but its focus needs to change. Let's stop talking about cuts and start talking about investment.