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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.

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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.

June Eric-Udorie
46,383 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

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.

Annette Maxwell
15,165 supporters
Petitioning Nick Gibb MP (Secretary of State for Schools)

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!

UK Persian Schools Association
11,231 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

@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.   

MandateNow, Survivors UK, Respond and The Survivors Trust
7,471 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, David Cameron MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Mary Macleod MP, Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Malcolm Turnbull MP, Davi...

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 

Sam Street
5,381 supporters
Petitioning Mark Anderson

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.

Jessy McCabe
3,857 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

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: #parentchoice #savebaverstock

Kieran Newell
2,440 supporters
Petitioning David Laws MP, Vince Cable MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Mary Macleod MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Amber Rudd MP, Anna Soubry MP

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!

Lisa Waters
1,448 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP, Vince Cable MP, Ed Davey MP

Stop Gibraltar farm housing build

Today locals of lordswood and surrounding areas have found out that 450 homes will be built over land between lordswood and Hempstead.  This will cause many problems ,  Medway hospital are under tremendous pressure and in the media lime light due to this. The local school will be under pressure to ensure a space for new families.  North Dane way will become a nightmare for traffic.  The locals in surrounding areas enjoys the rural areas for may reasons and have been fighting hard to prevent this from happening.  The MP'S who think this is a good idea should come visit our area and discuss this with the locals and look into the cons as we see it not from a financial point of view !    

Laura Forsey
643 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

Don't squeeze two schools onto the Dulwich Hospital site. Listen to the community of East Dulwich, who want ONLY an adequately resourced secondary school and a health centre on the site.

Overwhelming local opinion supports the need for an adequately resourced secondary school on the Dulwich Hospital site, to open in 2016. The proposed available site is large enough for a health centre and a secondary school with basic outside sports facilities and potential access to green fields, to support a healthy curriculum. This provision is put at risk by your proposal to co-locate an additional primary school on the site.

SPACE Southwark Say No to Squeezed Schools!
628 supporters