When it comes to the thorny question of education, there are plenty of points of view around, with Michael Gove urging more rigour and the teaching unions staunchly opposing his plans.
Meet Kelvin Doe, an inspiring 15 year old from Sierra Leone who repurposes rubbish to create his own electronic gadgets.
Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) provide education for children who cannot go to mainstream school. Supporting excluded young people in PRUs can be challenging, especially when it comes to the use and misuse of social media. Stephen Carrick-Davies, author of the ‘Munch Poke Ping’ report shares what mainstream schools can learn from the work being done in PRUs.
With Anti-Bullying Week running from 19-23 November, Lauren Seager-Smith from the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), which is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau, discusses the effects of bullying on our children and young people and what can be done to tackle it.
Although it’s been around for as long as I can remember, I appreciate that for most adults, cyber bullying is quite a new phenomenon. And something I don’t quite think they’ve grasped yet is how to treat it. Unlike other forms of bullying, its effects often aren’t seen until it gets completely out of hand, and sometimes when it is too late.
The Institute of Physics report last week on the lack of girls progressing on to study physics at A-level continues to cause concern but is not surprising. Of course we need more positive female role models in the sciences and physics in particular and of course the media need to give more exposure to those that do exist.
Today, the 16th October, is World Food Day. Many in the UK may not have heard about it, because its focus is often on hunger and malnutrition in developing countries and because many people don’t think that in the UK, the 7th richest country in the world, people go hungry. But they do.
However, feminism is also in crisis. Not only does it have a long, long way to go before it reaches its goal of complete equality, it suffers a negative image among young women, and men, for whom it should be a rallying cry.
This week children and teenagers all over the UK will be packing their new pencil cases and grabbing their school bags ready for the new school term in the UK’s 30,000 or so schools.
Official figures released yesterday show that the proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the first time in the exam’s history.
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