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curriculum

4 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Justine Greening MP, Caroline Dinenage MP

Every child deserves a childhood and an education that is the BEST and not STRESSED!

We are living in one of the few countries in the world where our children start formal schooling at the age of 4. Our newspapers are full of stories about children's mental health, children failing in basic skills, children behaving anti socially, and teachers leaving in droves. Our National Curriculum is constantly moving the goalposts with children's heads being filled with knowledge that many adults either never learned, or if they did it was much later, perhaps in secondary or higher education. My own son explained to me what a 'subordinate clause' was. I have written 5 books for teachers,  numerous articles and yet have somehow succeeded in writing and actually ENJOYED the process without needing this technical vocabulary. If we consider what our future generations need, we will see they need strong communication skills, strong personal, social and emotional development, strong physical skills, embedded concrete literacy and maths skills, an understanding of and respect for their world and creativity. They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, 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 have a curriculum in England that delivers all this and more. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. Increasingly worryingly, for many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready! Many children even at aged 3 and 4 are spending days at tables, being tested, completing worksheets and being forced to write when all the evidence shows us that they need to be moving, doing, exploring, experiencing, feeling, seeing.  These young children are being damaged and as a society we will pay the price in years to come when our world needs inventors, risk takers, entrepreneurs, and LEADERS! Our current education system of doing more earlier in a bid to catch up with our international counterparts is dangerous, and not preparing children for the world in which they will live as adults.   So please please let's extend the developmentally appropriate, child centred, tried and tested approaches used in Early Years education and the term "Early Years" to encompass children from birth to 7 or even 8...as it did on my teaching degree and in my nursery nursing qualification.   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.... It's time to extend the tried and tested, researched, proven approaches of early education into Key Stage 1. Let's see a focus on areas of real learning AND development, not just abstract subject knowledge AND with a focus on the statutory Characteristics of Effective Learning..those essential learning behaviours which set us up for life and the challenges we face in it daily! Lets see children's well being and mental health as crucial! Let's put them at the heart of education...otherwise who is it for? Let's make sure everyone working with children (not just the youngest ones) understand child development, how children learn and the power of play for all! Let's stop the testing, stop the inappropriate practice and make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's 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
24,134 supporters
Started 6 days 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
260 supporters
Update posted 4 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
82,416 supporters
Started 11 months 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
387 supporters