Education? Introduce life skills to the national curriculum

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The highly academic syllabus being used today in schools is a subject of much debate. Many students and teachers argue that there is a ludicrous amount of pressure on young people as most of the teaching is targeted on academic results alone. As a group of 11 young people ourselves, it is noticeable that even within our group there is a divide between those who thrive in academia and those who work best in vocational courses.

Speaking to many teenagers, this process is highly stressful and they believe they haven't reached their potential in vocational subjects like plumbing, electrics, hair and beauty, and child care which have not been taught at secondary school. This can lead to many students who eventually leave school feeling dejected. This isn't good enough.

What we believe is that between the ages of 13 to 16, there should be some time reserved to help young people learn life skills and understand how to pay taxes, pay bills, conduct a job interview, write a good CV, and learn first aid and how to apply for a mortgage. We believe that along with this, vocational courses should also be integrated into the school curriculum. When many young people leave schools and apply for apprenticeships, University or get a job, they are very unsure about these essential parts of life. We hope to help make a change by creating this petition. Take a stand for every child's future. Sign on. Thank You.



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