5 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Damian Hinds, Nadhim Zahawi

Time to stop pushing KS1 into our reception classes. Extend Early Years principles to 7!

What are the essential skills for life in the 21st century? What do our children really need to know?  What do they need to understand?  Does the current English system give them this? does not. Our children need communication skills, personal, social and emotional development, physical skills, embedded literacy and maths skills, an understanding of their world and the people in it. They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, make connections. They need confidence and the ability to learn from mistakes as they grow in a world which is a challenging place to be...and becoming more so by the day. The irony of all of the above is that we currently have a curriculum in England that delivers much of the above and more. It is the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. For many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready!  This notion of moving children towards KS1 during their Reception year was highlighted in OFSTED's recent report into the Reception year: (  It was seen as positive that Reception teachers were starting KS1 learning in their Early Years classes in a bid to make children ready for Yr1 expectations, expectations that are developmentally inappropriate! How can this be right? Many of these children are still 4 years old.  Every child in reception is entitled to an early years education, not a watered down pale imitation. Surely its time to stop pushing the flawed and inappropriate KS1 curriculum into our Reception classes and time to push up a curriculum that is tried, tested and proven. A curriculum with relationships, environments and child development at its core.  The early years of life do not end at age 4 or 5.  They end at 7 or 8..and that is the age when learning should become more formal. This is when most children are developmentally ready for such approaches.  Look abroad at nations like Finland where this is just what happens.  Their children are thriving and out performing ours.  Our children (and their families and teacher's) are tired, stressed, pressured and fed up. Children as young as 4 are switched off and see learning as boring....    Time to stop the testing our over tested children. Time to stop making children do things they are not ready for. Time to make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's stand together to make a change for the future. WB Yeats stated that: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire". It's time to find the matches...

Keeping Early Years Unique
39,955 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Justine Greening MP, Michael Gove MP

Get Food, Growing, Cooking & Nutrition on the School Curriculum

HUGE PROBLEM: 20%, (and rising), of NHS budget is now spent on food related illness such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer WHY? Because people lack knowledge about healthy food, cooking and nutrition. And are consuming the wrong food & drink. WHY? Because: 1. People have become disconnected from where their food comes from; 'milk comes from supermarkets not cows’ 2. EU 'Cheap Food' policy has subsidised intensive farming & distorted the Real price of food; 'flavour or shelf life?' 3. Small mixed farms and dairies have been replaced by intensive farms; 'what is growing in that field?' 4. Schools stopped teaching cooking; 'we need computer rooms not kitchens' 5. A high percentage of both parents work; 'we need to pay the mortgage' 6. Cheap fast food & ready meals help busy parents feed their family; 'Burger for Jonny, Pizza for Mary' 7. Marketeers continually tell us to buy bad products 8. Schools that have veg patches have to rely on volunteers; 'if it's not on the curriculum, I am not doing it!' 9. UK government departments are not joined up so even if a need is recognised change is very difficult; 'Brexit' SOLUTION: Add food growing, cooking and nutrition to every academic subject in the National Curriculum HOW?1. Every school should have a veg patch and fruit trees (thousands of schools already have these)2. Use Sugar Tax to pay for construction and maintenance of veg patches3. Every school to link with a local shop or farmer to sell their excess produce; BigBarn's Crop for the Shop4. Add content to each academic subject relating to growing, cooking and selling food & drink*5. Kids encouraged to grow food at home, plus teach their mums and family how to buy good food, and cook DIRECT COST? Very low1. Sugar tax can pay for veg patches and maintenance2. Farmers are already being paid to look after the environment, subsidies can be updated to include working with schools3. BigBarn & a number of other organisation have teaching notes that can be refined for the curriculum4. A volunteer focus group can be assembled to implement the change LONG TERM BENEFITS? £BILLIONS 1. Huge reductions in NHS spend on food related illness as children eat healthier food & influence parents2. Jobs created as students gain an interest in the local food industry3. Communities built around the school veg patch, local farm/shop and produce NOTES for Curriculum1. seeds per square meter, price per kilo; Maths. 2. soil type, gravel; Geography3. plant growing & pests; Biology4. fertiliser; Chemistry5. product labelling; Art & English6. selling & marketing; Business Studies/Economics With the cost so low and the reward so high it is amazing that the government have not changed the curriculum years ago. To help make this happen soon please sign this petition and send the link to as many friends and colleagues as you can.

Anthony Davison
931 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Department of Education, Nicky Morgan MP

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. 

Amber Mckeon
5,082 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron

Petition to get Mental Health Education on the curriculum #itaffectsme wants to see Mental Health Education put on the National Curriculum. To arm our children with knowledge, understanding and compassion. 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness and 50% of those are established by age 14. We teach our children symptoms of chlamydia and gonorrhoea so why not depression, OCD and anxiety? As a teacher and I come across young people with mental health issues and anxieties regularly. If they were taught to talk about their feelings in the same way they might if they had a tummy ache, it would help remove the stigma that’s stayed attached to mental health for too long. That’s why I’m calling on party leaders to include adding mental health on to the school curriculum on to their manifestos.An independent report published this year found that around three-quarters of people with mental health problems received no help at all, proof that mental health is still not taken as seriously as physical health. If the government wants a healthy and happy Britain it needs to flood the NHS with funding, and respect us by being honest, not spinning the truth about ‘new funding’. People's lives are being ruined by lack of mental health services. We need to get mental health education on the curriculum to give our children a future where they are unafraid to speak out and ask for help.

Laura Darrall
108,996 supporters