Topic

curriculum

4 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Damian Hinds, Robert Goodwill MP

Time to stop pushing KS1 into our reception classes and extend "Early Years" 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? Unfortunately...it 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. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students/ 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: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-curriculum-in-good-and-outstanding-primary-schools-bold-beginnings).  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
39,005 supporters
Started 7 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
3,260 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron

Petition to get Mental Health Education on the curriculum

www.itaffectsme.co.uk #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
90,340 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION, Justeen Greening

Add PMDD to the Sex Education Curriculum

    I have PMDD. And I had no idea for 10 years.     I tried everything for what I thought was depression; counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, diet changes, meditation. All of these helped, but still every now and again I'd feel so hopeless I wanted to walk into traffic.      After a while I noticed a pattern. I would only feel like this in the two weeks prior to my period. I thought I was crazy, that other women were able to handle PMS and function normally so I must be exaggerating, or be weaker than other women.      Then I read about PMDD. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is symptomized by depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, join pain, swelling, rage, mood swings, insomnia and exhaustion.      Recent scientific research has concluded PMDD is a cell disorder which makes sufferers react differently to natural hormones estrogen and progesterone. It affects 3 - 5 % of the menstruating population. That's over 100,000 women in the UK alone.       Presently 3 - 5% of teenage girls in our school system are suffering with PMDD, through lack of education and understanding they may, just as I did, feel confused and alone with their symptoms.           We ask the Secretary of State for Education to include educating young people about PMDD in the curriculum. We want these women to get the help and understanding they need (and deserve) as early as possible.  

Alma Foster
5,725 supporters