Petition to UK Parliament
MAKE FIBROMYALGIA A DISABILITY
Suffers with fibromyalgia struggle with the condition on a daily basis, they often do not receive the medical help or support that could be provided. America take the lead with Fibromyalgia research and treatment but the UK are not following suit. As a fellow fibro sufferer I believe it is time that we all join together and fight to get the debilitating condition recognised in parliament as a disability at last, also to gain better treatment and support. please visit the web page at: www.letsgetfibrointoparliament.simplesite.com Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/fibrogetintoparliamentmakeachange/?rc=p Twitter page: @FibroPetition Instagram: @fibromyalgialetsgetto YouTube: Fibromyalgia- get it to parliament #FIBROFIGHTERS #STANDUP #MAKETHEMHEAR@FibroPetition
Petition to Government
Open an ASD Unit/Class within all Irish Primary and Secondary schools.
At present there are lots of children with autism throughout this country who do not have access to a place within an ASD unit. There are very few places and huge waiting lists and parents often have to apply for home tuition and educate their children at home isolated from other children. ASD units in mainstream schools have so many benefits. The whole school community benefits from the addition of an ASD unit within a school: Children with ASD can access an appropriate education in their own local school and not have to travel miles outside their own community to go to school. It gives them the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in an environment suitable to their needs. They can progress and integrate into a mainstream class when it is suitable and access the full curriculum and reach their full potential. It can help children with ASD to feel included, make friends and develop more confidence and independence. Other students in the school get an understanding of the condition. They learn that everyone is different and that's ok and that children have different learning needs. It will provide extra job opportunities for teachers and special needs assistants throughout the country. Teachers will also gain an understanding of this condition and they learn to work with children of all different abilities. They can help children with ASD to reach their own full potential and develop their own talents and strengths. Every child in this country has a right to an education. Please support, Thank you.
Petition to Sara Williams, Steve Bullock, Barry Quirk
Lewisham Council: Stop failing our young black children in education
Lewisham Secondary Schools are failing our children. They are the worse in Inner London and London overall. YOU READ CORRECTLY – 32 boroughs and Lewisham has the WORST GCSE results. Since 2011 our children have been excluded from secondary schools at an increasing rate. The performance tables reveal there is an issue with pupils gaining at least 5 A* - C's (including English and Maths) and has been declining nationally over the last three years. Lewisham is also declining at a faster rate than found nationally – ten times faster to to be precise. They also want to make all schools academies – privately owned schools ran by businesses funded by the government and not local authorities. 43% of Lewisham Borough's population is of a BAME ethnic background. 32% of the population is of a black background. Black children and young people are more at risk of exclusion and attaining poor GCSE results. We would like to challenge Lewisham Educational Department to answer our questions as to why our children are being denied basic education and ultimately being let down by the education system in our borough. However, we need your support. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION, WE NEED AT LEAST 1,000 SIGNATURES TO MEET WITH THE FOLLOWING LEWISHAM COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES: Sarah Williams; Executive Director of Children and Young People Sir Steve Bullock; Mayor of Lewisham Barry Quirk CBE; Chief Executive of Lewisham Council Our goals Aims To raise the African Caribbean community's awareness to the state of Secondary Education in Lewisham To meet with the Chief Executive of Children and Young People's Services and how we can work to solve the problems presented Objectives To establish regular forums with schools and the council on ways to tackle the attainment issue in the borough To be involved as an independent panel for exclusions Sources: ReferencesDepartment of Education, (2011). Review Of Best Practice in Parental Engagement. [online] London: Institute of Education. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/182508/DFE-RR156.pdf [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017]. Lewisham Council, (2017). Lewisham Education Commission. 1st ed. [ebook] London: Lewisham Council. Available at: http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/documents/s44260/Lewisham%20Education%20Commission%20Report.pdf [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017]. Lewisham Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, (n.d.). Ethnicity | Lewisham's Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. [online] Lewishamjsna.org.uk. Available at: http://www.lewishamjsna.org.uk/a-profile-of-lewisham/social-and-environmental-context/ethnicity [Accessed 21 Mar. 2017].
Petition to UK Government
Stop Government plans to cut funding for our schools
Under new plans by the Government, our schools could face a devastating three per cent drop in budget. This could see teaching jobs cut, increased numbers of children in each class, extra-curricular activities scrapped and teaching assistant jobs at risk as schools seek to balance their books. The proposed new National Funding Formula will see hundreds of school in south Essex lose out. Southend is one of four areas in the country - and the only one outside London - that will see every one of its schools hit. We have launched a campaign demanding a rethink of the proposals which have caused an outcry from parents, teachers and politicians of all political parties. Now we are urging our readers to have their say. Please show your support by putting your name to the petition and rally the Government to rethink these devastating cuts.
Petition to Paul Carter, kent county council, SLGGS GB
Issue a formal "Vote Of No Confidence" in Jane Robinson, present HT of Simon Langton GGS.
NOTE: This is a confidential petition. You remain confidential as long as you don't enter a comment in the comments box after signing it. There are very serious problems that have been occurring at SLGGS for a significant number of years - which include: The weight of allegations by parents, teachers and pupils of the disastrous and botched handling of the proposal to convert SLGGS into an Academy and the attempt to sponsor the Spires Academy in a newly formed Multi-Academy Trust and her catastrophic failure to manage her own and the conflicts of interests of other Governors at the school. (Source: Facebook SLGGS Academisation Group & SLGGS Meeting minutes) The very late removal of the Stakeholder Consultation evening that was scheduled for 8/6/16 @ 1900 hours. (Source: SLGGS Email Communication dated 7/6/16 @ 1716 hours) Serious allegations of bullying against current and former members of staff, which have resulted in approximately 22 grievances being filed with Kent County Council against Jane Robinson. (Source: KCC Education Department) The personal decision of Jane Robinson to distract herself by no longer remaining focussed solely on running and leading SLGGS (her school), and to partly focus her attentions elsewhere by creating an additional role for herself (Executive Principal of the Spires Academy). (Source: Spires Academy and SLGGS websites) The poor academic track record of Jane Robinson as Head Teacher of SLGGS; including the third lowest retention rates of SLGGS students into their 6th form (third lowest in the county), and the loss of OFSTED Outstanding School Status under her leadership. (Source: www.kentadvice.co.uk and OFSTED 2014 SLGGS report) The very serious allegations of lies being told by Jane Robinson to parents, pupils and teachers on issues such as the PSBP2 school rebuilding funding, which have been released in audio recordings that have been published on social media sources. (Source: Facebook SLGGS Academisation Group) The alleged unauthorised actions of Hugh Robinson (Jane Robinson’s husband) who is alleged to have worked on and amended the SLGGS budget finances during Q4 2015 and Q1 2016 which resulted in a forecast budget with a large deficit (circa -£0.5m) becoming a forecast budget with a small surplus. (Source: SLGGS Governing Body Meeting Minutes) The very serious allegations of the irretrievably and irrevocably broken relationships and the alleged serious breakdown in trust between Jane Robinson and the majority of the parents of her school. (Source: Facebook SLGGS Academisation Group) For these reasons and a number of others, we, the undersigned wish to file a formal "Vote Of No Confidence" in the ability of Jane Robinson to continue to lead the Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School.
Petition to Claire Charlemagne
To be Able to Play Mario Kart at School
Yes I know that Mario Kart isn't a big deal in the day to day of your busy lives, however for me it is. During the 40 minutes I have for lunch at my school, I class it as spare time as we are prohibited from doing a number of things and the only activities that are on are sports based (sorry but no thank you). This time in my academic year is rather stressful, considering I am less than 6 weeks away from the beginning of my GCSEs. During this 40 minutes in between my intense, demanding and taxing lessons I would like to relax with my friends and play Mario Kart. Currently, me and my friends sit in an awkward silence waiting for someone to either make a provocative statement to spark a debate (this happens once in a blue moon) or to crack a joke. Now I understand that there are many reasons why technology (i.e phones, tablets, etc) is banned in schools, the increase in cyber bullying over the years has been immense, however the device we are using is the Nintendo GameCube which doesn't even have internet access and also instead of deterring us from being social I've always noticed that games such as Mario Kart are rather community based.
Petition to Secretary for Education
Create a virtual school for children too unwell to attend school
I request that education secretary creates or sets in motion the creation of a virtual learning classroom available to all children who are unable to attend school due to health reasons. There are children all over the country unable to continue their education because of health problems. Tutors are sometimes made available this can be difficult access and due to funding take a long time to set in motion. Not all children with health issues are eligible for such help. All children who are unable to to attend school due to health issues should have access to high quality easy to access high quality online national curriculum content. My vision is a virtual learning classroom that a child could be referred to once it was clear they would be out of school for more than a couple of weeks. The VLC would be a mixture of recorded lessons for topics within the key stages which could be watched whenever a child felt well enough, questions and quizzes would allow both the child and school to monitor a child's learning. It would work in conjunction with the child's school or with a tutor who would list lessons to watch, mark work completed perhaps even add content. I would also like to see it include a forum where children who are unable to attend school due to health reasons can engage with other children using the virtual learning classroom. Isolation is as much of an issue as education. Why is this important? Until my daughter became ill with cancer I would have assumed something like this would already be in existence. It seems such an obvious idea. What upsets her most during her illness is missing out on learning as she loves school, she has a real thirst for knowledge. That and the feeling of isolation. Her school is fantastic and provides work but often she is too unwell to sit at a desk. Recorded lessons a child like her could watch in bed would be life changing. Children who are already under great stress due to their health issues should not also be worrying about their education. They should have simple straightforward access to high level content. All children deserve to have hopes, dreams and plans for the future. All children deserve to be able to expand their minds and horizons. All children deserve an education.
Petition to Nicky Morgan MP
Every school-based Support Staff, Deserves 52 weeks pay and they are GIVEN RECOGNITIONS they Deserve. Pay your school-based Support Staff/Teaching Assistants they don't get paid enough.
Oh no not another topic on school-based Support Staff, seems like a very hot topic in Schools locally and nationally. (Teachers always appreciates support from TA's) A recent publication from the EEF outlines the most effective methods of deploying teaching assistants, there is research being conducted into their best utilisation, and the national occupational standards are being reviewed. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/news/teaching-assistants-should-not-be-substitute-teachers-but-can-make-a-real-d/ Our school-based Support Staff, are not a “mums army” but education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they Deserve. Tories and their fan club have sought to undermine the work of school-based Support Staff, for the last decade. Along with the evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly, they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Today classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. All school-based Support Staff, are not a “mum’s army” as Michael Gove so insultingly calling them. They are education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they deserve for 52-week pay. The first thing Gove did was to abolish the school support staff negotiating body, having the audacity to call it a QUANGO. This malicious act denied nearly half a million, mainly female, hard working people the simple right to a national framework for their jobs, career structure and pay. Now they are listening to and quoting their fan club’s mantra. Apparently, according to them, you do not add value to Educational Outcomes. In fact, you can actually have a negative impact on pupils’ results, despite all the credible research and reports in the public domain. For example the one by the Institute of Education that showed that the more school-based Support Staff, has the better results its students achieve. Oh, no he won’t pay attention to that–that would cost him money, not save him money. He must understand we are teaching and supporting our children. Yes, you are Education’s Hidden Professionals. You are a vital, integral part of our education system, and you deserve to be recognised as such. Even the Government’s own inspectors (OFSTED) have identified and highlighted the professionalism of support staff in our schools and the positive difference you make to our children’s education. We want to raise standards of teaching and learning by ensuring learning support workers are appropriately qualified and skilled. The evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly; they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. Ensure that support staff receives fair and consistent pay and conditions appropriate to the overall role and responsibilities they undertake. Add your support so every school-based Support Staff, get the professional recognition they deserve. Picture from http://www.tafocus.co.uk