Petition to Thawar Chand Gehlot, Joice George, Prakash Javadekar
Dont let this school of champions be shut down! Release Funds.
My students are national champions. They won India Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at various events at the Special Olympics. Their future is in danger because the Government has gone back on a promise. I am a teacher at a special school in Kerala where all the children have different level of intellectual disabilities. We teach these children important skills through a mix of sports, art, music and dance. And it has worked! Our students have been able to do exceptionally well and even become national champions. But this might come to an end. For years, the central Government has been providing the financial support for our work at Nirmala Sadan School in Muvattupuzha. Two-years ago they suddenly stop supporting us. We were told our proposal for that year had been accepted. We received half of the promised funds. But since then, we have only received silence. Now our school has run out of funds, we have no money left to function. In spite of this, our students continue to excel. I cannot bear to think of a future where my students have no school to go to. That is why I have been working for months without pay. Many other teachers are doing the same. But we cannot continue like this forever, nor can we let the school shut down. We refuse to give up! This is an appeal to the Government to provide the support they used to offer. My students need your help and support. Sign my petition and tell the Government to release the funds. Our appeals to the Government have gone unheard. We have no idea why they are ignoring the future of these vulnerable children. The Government might not listen to 230 children, but if I can get the support of thousands of concerned citizens like you, I will be able to make the Government release the funds. It is easy to ignore the voiceless and vulnerable. We as a community, need to make sure that they are taken care of. Every child, no matter how “different”, deserves an education and a bright future. I and my fellow teachers are doing our best to keep this school running. With your support, we will make sure that our amazing students continue to have a good school to go to.
Petition to Leo Varadkar
Name an Irish Naval Ship in honour of Tom Crean
We now have confirmation that a multi purpose ship with full hospital facilities to be used for humanitarian purposes, will be built as the flagship of the Irish Naval Fleet and will replace the current flagship, the LE Eithne. This vessel could meet the goal of our campaign, if it were to be named in honour of Ireland's forgotten hero, Tom Crean. Crean exemplified humanitarianism having saved the lives of 28 men over three separate occasions and for his extreme bravery he was awarded The Albert Medal. Since his passing in 1938, his country has not officially recognised him and naming a ship in his honour is an opportunity to right a wrong and satisfy the demands of his growing worldwide following. Please sign this petition and join our worldwide crew of his fans at our Facebook page where you can also discover his remarkable story.
Petition to City and Guilds, BTEC Pearson, University of Nottingham, University of Reading, Harper Adams University, Newcastle University, Queens University, Aberystwyth University, Royal Agricultural University
MENTAL HEALTH & SUICIDE AWARENESS should be on the curriculum of agriculture courses
Mental health in agriculture is a serious issue, with farmers 17% more likely to suffer with the disease than anyone else. Although, this is such a big issue in our industry it is nowhere to be seen on the syllabus of Agricultural courses of both Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions! I've been campaigning to address this issue and my fellow students have not let me down. They all signed a hard copy petition and changes are underway to address this at The University of Nottingham. However, widespread change is needed nationally to address this mental health crisis. After studying Agriculture for 5 years at both FE and HE institutions I've received no tuition on Mental Health. In that time I've seen the effects of poor mental health - read my story below to find out more... My Story You don’t expect to receive a phone call telling you that one of your best friends has taken his own life. But in January 2016, I did. Like you’d expect, the news rocked me, and I didn’t know what to say or how to react, especially to Tom – Joe’s brother – who’d broken the news. Joe was one of my closest friends at Askham Bryan College. We got on really well and his family were really good to me while my own were abroad. But like all friendships, we did drift apart. We went to different places for our degree and admittedly we were poor at keeping in touch, although at least once or twice a year we’d meet for a good catch up. Everyone does it, right? But I never expected for what happened to… happen. I suppose you could say the whole thing kicked me into gear, and out of a really negative situation, I tried to find a shred of positivity. I decided to sign up for a marathon and raise money for Papyrus which is a charity that tries to prevent young suicide. I was encouraged by the support of everyone and even smashed my £1,000 target. The figures are still astounding. Approximately one farmer a week takes their own life. The leading cause of death for 10-34 year olds is suicide (1,659 lives lost in 2016) – 75% of those that died were male. Three guys in my year group at school took their own life, and the reason Joe took his own life was because of depression. He didn’t feel able to talk about what he was struggling with. In 2017, that just isn’t right. Agriculture is a high risk industry for suicide, so why on earth isn’t it being spoken about in colleges and universities? It’s ridiculous. I remember at college having so much teaching on health and safety when operating machinery due to the high fatality rate in the industry. Do we not need teaching on our mental health when farmers are more likely to die from suicide than agricultural fatalities? Yes, we do. So I started the ball rolling. When I went to Nottingham University, I felt that I had a real opportunity to tell people about this massive crisis in mental health, especially in men. I decided to create a presentation of my own personal experience with a few statistics to present to my year group alongside a welfare officer. I also created a petition for people to sign after I spoke which was aimed at our agriculture lecturers to add some suicide awareness training into our curriculum. After the first talk went down so well with everyone signing the petition I presented it to the 1st and 2nd year agriculture students, who again signed it. I then had a meeting with agriculture lecturers to see how we can add some suicide awareness/mental health workshops and training into the curriculum with the backing of agriculture students. It’s a fact (and a horrific one) that this problem isn’t going to go away. We can shy away from it, or we can learn about the effects and how to spot this devastating disease. I’m betting it would’ve helped prevent a bunch of those lives that were lost due to the crippling illness. Solution Through this petition I hope to work with bodies such as the National Land Based College who work predominantly with FE institutions to look at putting mental health into the syllabus. Options include; Mental Health First Aid Course (https://mhfaengland.org/youth-mhfa-schools-colleges/ Suicide Awareness workshop (https://www.papyrus-uk.org/training/training-options/introduction-to-suicide-prevention These two options use external teachers but lecturers/teachers could be trained to teach on this issue which as I see it is very applied to the Agriculture Industry. The University of Nottingham is looking at a Mental Health First Aid Course which will also be good for students to put on their CV.
Petition to Caroline Dinenage MP, Justine Greening, therese coffey, Councillor J Abraham, Davis Davis, Graham Stuart MP, Theresa May MP, Alan Johnson, Greg Knight, Tracy Brabin
Review Early Education Funding Entitlement / Offer in the East Riding for 3 & 4 year olds
Dear Government Minister / Member of Parliament, I am writing to you to ask for your support with a very important issue that we are facing in the Early Years Sector in East Riding with the changes to the offer of Early Education Funding from 15 hours to 30 hours a week without an increase in the hourly rate we will be paid for offering this service. We need this support to help us make sure we can continue to provide Outstanding (OFSTED July 2016) early years education and childcare at The Old School House Nursery and other settings in the East Riding who face the same challenges. The Old School House Nursey is a rural day nursery in Sancton, East Riding of Yorkshire that meets the needs of 98 local working families. Our Outstanding rating reflects our commitment to getting it right for children and their families and the continued hard work, dedication and commitment involved in delivering an outstanding service that we are proud of. As you are aware each 3 & 4 year old currently receives 15 hours free childcare. Your promise is to extend the ‘free entitlement’ from 15 hours to 30 hours for working parents. You are making some very positive messages about putting an extra £3.9 billion pounds into early years funding and also creating a national average rate of £4.88 per hour. https://consult.education.gov.uk/early-years-funding/eynff/supporting_documents/Consultation%20Document%20%20Early%20Years%20National%20Funding%20Formula%2011%2008%2016.pdf After years of underfunding (as highlighted by your government) I thought that this new rate would enable us to fully cover our costs and also increase investment in our provision and particularly in the staff who work so hard to deliver our outstanding early years education. Staff who are on the whole underpaid due to the strains of settings requiring to deliver a high quality service under tight budgets. We currently get a base rate of £3.55 from the government for each funded hour we provide. Our calculations tell us that the level we need to cover our costs, operating in a rural area and ensuring our provision is outstanding, is somewhere between £4.35 and £4.60 an hour. Sadly, the position for us is likely to be drastically different from what appeared to be promised (based on DfE indicactive rates and supported by local authority analysis). We now know that the funding you are proposing for our local authority East Riding of Yorkshire Council is a significant reduction in the hourly rate you pay us from that national average which will mean that for settings in our authority there is no change to the funding allocation which will ramin at £3.55 per hour nearly 30% lower than the National average. This rate is actually the same rate have been recieiving since 2014 despite that our costs have increased by around 17-24% since then. Furthermore this rate is set to be fixed for several years whilst our costs for operating an early years service have been driven by wage inflation,pension contributions and running cost are set to continue to increase considerably. The simple truth is that we just cannot afford to subsidise the additional funded places by around a pound for every hour, for every child – and we shouldn't have to. This just isn’t fair, reasonable or sustainable for us and jeopardises our future. Caroline Dinenage, Minister with responsibility for early years and childcare, in her recent interview with Nursery World said: "We have worked with you to develop the fairer funding system you have long called for – one that is based on how much it actually costs to meet local needs, not on how much a council has historically spent." Please help us to ensure that this statement becomes reality not rhetoric. Delivering early years education and maintaining quality educational experiences for children are a top priority for our local council which is passionalt and proud of the Ofsted outcomes for the the majority of settings in the East Riding being at Good or Outstanding. As an authority we are right up at the top! However it is inevitable we will see a drop in terms of delivering a quality service as settings may struggle to remain viable. I call upon you to use any power that you might have to bring a halt to these proposals of retaining our funding rate which will cause us significant damage and impact on the service we are able to provide for rural children and families. The key factors for review are: To raise the Early Education Funding Rate so that we can deliver a Good Service and Pay our Staff a Good Wage To look at the way the funding is offered to families so that they can use this TOWARDS nursery fees and are not FREE, allowing families to fund for the remainder of the place themselves. To review the criteria for allocating 30 hours funding to all working families by capping the income eligibility at a lower rate than that set at £100,000.00 per adult , per family , per annum. In doing this you to be able to raise the amount of funding allocated to providers in our county.
Petition to Justine Greening, Angela Rayner, Layla Moran, Anne Milton, Johnathan Lord
Education? Introduce life skills to the national curriculum
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.
Petition to Ku-ring-gai council
Save Marian Street Theatre!
Marian Street Theatre, Killara, has been closed since 2013. We want this iconic building reopened, so the adults and children of Ku-ring-gai can again have a professional performing arts space where theatre may be enjoyed by all. For this to occur, some building works must be undertaken. A voluntary committee from the community has now been established to raise the money to carry out these works. For its part, Council must make a public commitment urgently to safeguard the theatre’s future. The importance of this action cannot be over-emphasised, given the uncertainty surrounding the proposed merger with Hornsby Shire Council. We ask that Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council: 1) Commit immediately to the preservation of the Marian Street Theatre.2) Authorise the voluntary ‘Save Marian Street Theatre’ committee to begin raising the funds to reopen the theatre as a sustainable cultural hub, guaranteeing that all funds raised go towards Marian Street Theatre To help further, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Theresa May MP
Further Education Increase For SEN
I would like accesses to further education for special needs people to increase up to 35 years of age. This is to allow these persons to have longer in education as we can take longer to learn and make our own choices. I also believe this longer period of time shall help families, caregivers and other important people like social workers extra time to find out whats best for the person after education. If you are in agreement with what I am asking please do come on board,thank you! :)