Nicky Morgan MP
- Secretary of State for Education
Nicky Morgan has served as Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010 and has been the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2014.
Nicky Morgan MP
- Secretary of State for Education
Nicky Morgan has served as Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010 and has been the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2014.
Free Ahed Tamimi
My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her. When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested. We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now. The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough. Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing. I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws. She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent. To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human. what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?
Add more female thinkers to the Politics A Level syllabus - Sign the petition!
The government has just announced plans to revise the Politics A-Level Curriculum. Feminism has been removed entirely, apart from a mention of the Suffragettes and Suffragists and the proposed curriculum only contains one female political thinker out of seven: Mary Wollstonecraft. The problem with erasing and writing women out of history is that we only get half the story. When women are underrepresented in society, the government should be working to address this problem. As a young woman and student, it is imperative that girls and boys get the full picture at school, or we are doing them a disservice. It has been said that you cannot be what you cannot see. Female role models are important. Women like Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the theory of intersectionality, Catherine MacKinnon, an American feminist lawyer, Emma Goldman, anarchist and political activist, Audre Lorde, black feminist writer, Ayn Rand, novelist and philosopher and Simone de Beauvoir, French writer, political activist and social theorist. We must show women to be inspired by and be taught that the ideas of feminism and gender equality are important. Earlier this year, Jesse McCabe used a petition to put women on the music curriculum. Together we can use public pressure to make sure that the same happens with the Politics curriculum. There is no excuse for this. There is no reason why the Department of Education and Ofqual shouldn’t get this right. Join me in asking that they change this, so that the curriculum reflects the work, thought and achievements of women. On social media, use #femalethinkers and let us know who your favourite female political thinkers are.
No More Plastic Straws in McDonalds
Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. By 2050 it is estimated that, by weight, there is going to be more plastic than fish in the world. And, in recent years it has also started to make its way into the food-chain. Whales are known to have eaten plastic bags, so too have Sea Turtles. Whilst, fish have succumbed to eating polyethyelene microplastics. However, in recent years a new problem has come to the attention of the public: Plastic Straws. They are known to have caused the drowning of turtles as they get stuck in their nostrils. This is needless and inhumane. Especially when an easy alternative is already readily available worldwide. Paper straws do exactly the same, except when they have been used they biodegrade. McDonalds, one of the largest Transnational Corporations in every country is one of the front-runners in their production of plastic straws, if they can stop, why can't many others follow their lead?! When we, as a nation, signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals we pledged to help life under water- this could be one of the biggest steps in helping us achieve this. Please sign...#PlasticStrawsSuck
Stop the closure of St. Christopher's special needs school, Bristol
Please help to stop the closure of St. Christopher’s School in Bristol. Since 1945, St. Christopher’s School in Bristol has been providing outstanding education and care for children with severe and complex learning difficulties and physical disabilities. These children are very difficult to look after, as many are non-verbal and each child can display extremely challenging behaviours. Consequently, they always require high levels of support – frequently two adults to each child – plus the routine, care and continuity that can only be provided in a safe, calm and supportive residential setting. These children cannot be included in mainstream education. St Christopher’s provides care, education, 24 hour nursing, an on-site medical centre and a variety of therapies for some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Staff always meet the needs of each child and establish loving, caring and stable relationships with them. This enables the children in their care to make amazing progress in their development and abilities. The school is facing closure in March 2016. There is no other educational provision of this quality within the region. If the school closes, the children will be relocated considerable distances, which will have a devastating impact on them and their families. These children have great difficulty coping with changes to their routine and they are settled and happy at St. Christopher’s. The wonderful, caring and supportive education at St. Christopher’s, as well as 70 years of expertise, will be lost forever if it closes. We must fight this at all costs. Please sign this petition to help save St. Christopher’s, for both its current pupils and those to come in the future.
Secure the future of Persian GCSE and A-level qualifications
As of 2018, the Persian GCSE and A-level qualifications are to be discontinued by Examinations Body, OCR. Yet "It's only been a few days since UN sanctions against Iran were lifted but some firms have already announced plans to invest in the Iranian market. Some companies have spent months plotting their return to a country rich in natural resources, with a large educated population and spectacular scenery." - Ben Morris, Business Reporter, BBC News January 2016 We believe that this is hugely short sighted and it cannot be allowed to happen. Disbanding of formal examinations would be a devastating mistake for our young people, our culture and our language. There are upwards of 400,000 Iranians currently living in the UK. We ask each and everyone of you to sign this petition, then share it with Iranian friends as well as future minded non-Iranians so we can encourage another examination body to take on Persian. We need 10,000 signatures to get Parliament's attention and 100,000 to really make an impact. More so than ever, literacy in Persian, a live, modern and increasingly relevant language, offers a plethora of opportunity for the Iranian Community and the UK as a whole, let’s not let it slip through our fingers!
@educationgovuk Introduce law requiring adults working with children to report alleged abuse #MandateNow
With our superb sister petition 'Daniels Law' which has done most of the 'heavy lift' in securing signatures, we are today 2/12/15 presenting the two under the single banner Mandate Now. We have over 200,000 signatures. Firstly the petition is being presented at No10 at 14.30 - then later in the afternoon the Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP. for Chesham and Amersham who is so supportive of Mandate Now, will be presenting it on the floor of the House of Commons. Here is a link to our Press Release. In future please follow us on twitter @mandatenow and our website: Mandate Now Our petition will shortly disappear having done an excellent job. ________________________ If you work with children, and see one of your charges being abused or even raped, you might think you and your employer had a legal obligation to report it to the authorities. Not so. There is no legal requirement on anyone working with minors in England (Wales or Scotland) to report such incidents or concerns to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), children's services or in the event of a 'known' crime, the police. We are seeking the introduction of law which requires staff in fall such settings which are defined as ‘Regulated Activities,’ [Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006] who know, suspect, or have reasonable grounds for knowing or suspecting child abuse, to inform the LADO (or in appropriate circumstances children's services) so that experienced and independent assessment is introduced immediately to ensure perpetrators are stopped as soon as possible. Here is our 5 Minute guide to Mandatory Reporting . Mandatory Reporting operates in the significant majority of countries on all four continents - it is England, Wales and Scotland that are out of step. • A criminal sanction for failure to report removes any perceived need to weigh up whether the concerns reported are serious enough, or who to believe before having to decide what to do: the person reporting is freed from having to make complex judgements about who is telling the truth and they will know they are following and protected by the law when they report as opposed to whistleblowing - please listen to this chilling 2 minute audio file from BBC5 Live 'call in' about mandatory reporting. The MandateNow website provides our proposals in detail and brings you up to date on the significant political progress the campaign has made since it began. See - news Mandate Now is the political and legislative arm of Paula Barrow’s highly successful 'Daniel's Law' petition which shares our objectives for the introduction of Mandatory Reporting in all Regulated Activities. Please visit the Daniel's Law website here.
Ensure the representation of women on the A-Level Music syllabus
The current 2008 Edexcel A-Level Music syllabus has a total of 63 different set works from a variety of musical genres and eras. Yet not a single one of these set works was composed by a woman. I am a 17 year old A Level Music student currently studying the Edexcel syllabus. Earlier this year, I was part of an in-school gender equality and leadership programme for young women (Fearless Futures). Among other things, the programme looked into the way in which we are desensitised from noticing the lack of representation of women across different aspects of society. It was during this programme that I was shocked to realise I had never before noticed that there are no female composers included in my Music A-Level. So I decided to do something about it. I first thought this issue could be solved easily by contacting Edexcel directly and drawing their attention to their omission of women from the A-Level, as they advocate that students should "...engage in, and extend the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music...”. I thought the lack of women was simply a mistake, an oversight, as clearly their aim cannot be fulfilled without the representation of women. However, a series of emails highlighted that Edexcel oppose any possibility of change to ultimately meet their own aims of creating a richer, more diverse musical world. While it is true that female composers aren’t as well known as their male counterparts (unsurprising as women composers are rarely studied in schools), the assertion by Edexcel's Head of Music that "there would be very few female composers that could be included [in the A-Level syllabus]" simply isn’t true. On 8th March 2015, BBC Radio 3 managed to do a whole day of programming of female composers to honour International Women’s Day. Surely, if BBC Radio 3 can play music composed by women for a whole day, Edexcel could select at least one to be a part of the syllabus alongside the likes of Holborne, Haydn and Howlin' Wolf? Edexcel’s proposed 2016 syllabus, currently awaiting approval from Ofqual, does not, once again, include even one female composer. This has got to change. How can we expect girls to aspire to be composers and musicians if they don't have the opportunity to learn of any role models? How can we accept that the UK's largest awarding body doesn't adequately acknowledge the work of female musicians? Why are we limiting diversity in a subject which thrives on its astounding breadth? Please sign this petition to urge Edexcel to take seriously their responsibility to create a more equal musical world through their educational material and include at least one female composer in their A Level syllabus.
Stop the Closure of The Baverstock Academy (LEAP), Birmingham
Please help to stop the closure of The Baverstock Academy (LEAP Academy Trust) in Birmingham. Baverstock Academy was established in 1983 in area of Birmingham which has always faced severe social and economic problems as it still does today. With ongoing cuts to services and the uncertain future of community centres and projects within the local area the school has always been the constant force of stability to the community and now this is at risk with the closure of the school. Under the former long respected Headteacher Mr. Roger Perks O.B.E and the staff of past and present that have actively engaged and given there commitment to working with and protecting everyone in the local community have seen massive benefits for the community. Allowing the community to participate in the school has seen greater opportunities in extra learning clubs and sports groups for many to attend in but this will all be lost with the closure. The school have always seen its role to actively help and improve the relationships across families and the community to improve the lives, opportunities and also raise aspirations for all within the area. The school’s committed to give its all, accept no compromise, consider no failure to ensure that the young people in the community should have the same opportunities that are enjoyed by their peers in more privileged situations which has been honored for many years by the school. Allowing past students to go on to great success from there time at the school in a variety of careers. The school is admired by all within the community who have fond memories of it. The school is facing closure in August 2017. If the school closes, the children will be relocated to other schools with the possibility of been at a considerable distance across the city, which will have a devastating impact and disruption on them and a greater impact on family life, that the school have already supported and helped to improve will all be at risk. We understand the current pressures facing the school but feel that it has the ability to get over these problems with the correct leadership and support from all the necessary parties. The students, staff and the community need not be punished for the mistakes made by past leadership as the school is a vital service for the community and its future success. We all want to find a solution to keep the school open and active within the community. Birmingham City Council have expressed there concerns and problems, stating that they are unable to help the school stay open due to its status as an Academy but would like to see it stay open for the sake of the community and its success. The school have always made it a policy to never turn there back or give up on a child as every child deserves a chance and the opportunity to do well in life and the community want to return that favour with its huge support and backing of the Academy not closing. This time Baverstock needs to be given a chance as it has always done for so many of us before. This is our school and our community. The wonderful, caring and supportive education given at Baverstock Academy, as well as 30 years of expertise, work and values, will be lost forever if it closes. We must fight this at all costs. Please sign this petition to help save Baverstock Academy, for both its current pupils and those to come in the future and most importantly for the stability and success of our community. Save Baverstock Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/485752201623752/ #parentchoice #savebaverstock
Include breastfeeding supplies in the Healthy Start Voucher Scheme UK.
In the UK we offer healthy start vouchers to mothers who are eligible which enables the purchase of artificial milk, I believe this should be altered to include breastfeeding support materials, such as breast pads, milk storage bags and breast pumps. In the UK we have one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, and I believe that by adapting the Healthy Start vouchers to assist breastfeeding mothers, it would encourage the normalisation of breastfeeding throughout the UK. Please sign if you agree!
Depression to be taught in Secondary school
Physical education became compulsory in schools over 100 years ago and is continually being improved in terms of teaching children about the value of nutrition and exercise. However within my 18 years within education never was I taught about mental health issues such as depression. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration. 1/4 people suffer with a mental health issue such as depression in their life time, along with 50% of these people attempting suicide at least once within their life. The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression and other mental health conditions. However how is this possible if we aren't even taught about it in the first place. Although mental health support in schools is growing, this applies only for the children already diagnosed, rather than providing general menth health education for all pupils, this therefore leading to even further stigma around the whole topic. We should all be taught that feeling low or anxious is nothing to be ashamed about, maybe this would not only help children open up about how they're feeling but also start the prevention of it developing later on in life. A child or young person with depression can have major problems in not only how they feel, but also on how they behave. This may cause difficulties at home, at school, as well as relationships with family and friends. The longer the illness continues without understanding the worser effect it can have on a child's life. Therefore educating them on depression could not only ease the effects it can have, but also possibly prevent it before it even arises. All i hope is that the mental illness, depression can get put into the curriculum within compulsory subjects such as PD. Educating children on what depression is, how it can be caused, and how it can be treated. This could lead to reduced stigma, promoting early identification, and encourage early intervention.