Make The Wonder Why Society compulsory in all primary schools across the UK
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When did the UK get to a point when parents are being asked to provide schools with simple items such as toilet paper? When did we get to a point when education didn’t come first? When will we put a stop to the UK’s education funding cuts, and begin to make it important again?
The reality is that our children are on the verge of missing out, if they aren’t already, as schools face the almost impossible task of staying open through staff cuts, curriculum refocusing, and ever increasing classroom sizes.
According to schoolcuts.org.uk, unless the government allocates additional money to their school funding proposals, 91% of schools and academies will continue to lose huge amounts of money in funding cuts. School funding has already been cut by £2.8billion since 2015. This is having a direct effect on our children’s education, and head teachers across the UK are speaking of the impossible job that they have in balancing the books and offering the best education they can to all children.
Schoolcuts.org.uk say, “Education unions are calling on the government to take immediate action to inject much needed money into an already beleaguered system and protect our children’s education”.
Niamh Sweeny, vice president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said, “There is a complete lack of investment in education, teacher training, and our children’s future. There simply isn’t enough money, and there is too little focus on early years education.”
Here at The Wonder Why Society, we’re ready to make a change – but we can’t do it without your help.
Our learning platform is free to implement in all UK state funded schools. We believe that the Department of Education should make The Wonder Why Society (our safe and protected learning platform) compulsory in all primary schools across the UK - ensuring a safe online place to arm our little learners with the digital and collaborative skills they need in order to be ready for the unknown jobs of the future.
Who are the Wonder Why Society?
The Wonder Why Society is a fully moderated, safe, collaborative online learning community for primary school children. It is a dynamic space to engage your class in real issues whilst ensuring e-safety at every level. It can be used in and out of the classroom, and because it is moderated by in-house experts, all you have to do is set them up and watch them learn. In addition, it also allows your school to embed technology into the curriculum.
It is a collaborative learning community that can connect with your class, and other schools, in a completely new way.
Our platform feeds education providers with inspiring and original materials, mapped to their own curriculum. The projects and topics shared throughout the site encourage children to develop critical and higher order thinking skills. The space allows teachers to share best practice and save time.
Professor Mick Waters, previously Director of Curriculum at the (British) Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) said, “Children are already in the Wonder Why Society. They wonder why leaves are green, but hardly any of them are the same colour. They wonder why plants grow upwards, where flowers come from, and why bees spend time around them. They wonder why frogs – spawn and they wonder why tummies rumble. As they grow older, they wonder why grown-ups struggle with the easy new technology, and then moan about it because young people find it easy, and deduce that it must be trite. Young people wonder why grown-ups often seem to break their own rules.
Walters has made it his life’s work to improve teaching and learning, find out what else he has to say, courtesy of The Guardian, here.
Sometimes, when young people suddenly understand something, they wonder why they didn’t understand it already.
The Wonder Why Society is an open invitation to children and young people to engage with big ideas, philosophy, the seemingly insolvable problem and the puzzling conundrum. For the schools, the Wonder Why Society is one of those resources that offers opportunities whilst making few demands. Somewhere on the platform is always another person with the expertise to address the questions that children ask that leave many of us lost for a response”.
The Wonder Why Society is a safe, online space allowing for primary school children, teachers and industry experts to learn together. We take down the walls of the classroom to bring a whole new dimension to learning, which is key in the stormy situation our state primary schools are facing.
By setting challenges and introducing new, exciting topics, the society connects schools, children and experts from across the UK. We empower children with the skills they need to succeed, and we want all children to leave primary school feeling empowered to participate, innovate, and contribute to society.
The most important part? Our learning platform is free to implement in all UK state funded schools.
Wondering why we’ve set up our petition?
Kids who started school this year will leave in 2030 - we do not know what jobs they are being educated for”. (Source NESTA)
We believe that the Department of Education should make The Wonder Why Society (our safe and protected learning platform) compulsory in all primary schools across the UK - ensuring a safe online place to arm our little learners with the digital and collaborative skills they need in order to be ready for the unknown jobs of the future.
The Wonder Why Society have set up a petition to assist teachers and learners in our struggling UK primary schools. Funding cuts are taking the passion out of teaching, which leads directly to our children.
Our learning platform is free to implement in all UK state funded schools.
How will our children find passion in learning if their teachers are being stretched beyond their means?
How will our children be able to ask the questions they need answers for, if they are fighting against an overpopulated classroom of questions?
The Wonder Why Society wants to achieve 100,000 signatures so that we can take our petition to the Houses of Parliament, and get the Minister of Education to act on the forthcoming funding cuts.
With our platform, primary schools across the UK can connect with their pupils again, allowing teachers the ability to get their passion for working with children back.
Please help to save our schools, and sign our petition – you’ll Wonder Why it’s never been done before.
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