education system

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Update posted 5 days 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? 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
37,458 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to The British Council, Theresa May MP

Do not allow any unqualified teachers to teach

I know multiple teachers that are not qualified to teach, absolutely no qualifications. As of 2012 the law was changed to have any one teach a subject without a degree in teaching. A lot of people will say this is wrong because what’s the point in teaching a subject you may not be entirely strong in. Some may say it’s a good idea because of staffing issues. However, children’s education is being put at risk. Many children may not attend school/ college or university because their tutor/ teacher is unqualified and can not proffesionally teach the subject. I see this as being almost a break to ‘The right to education Act 2009’ every child should have the right to proper education. The reason I believe this is because many students feel they are not being taught correctly when teachers teach without a qualification because teaching is not an easy thing to do, how are students meant to feel comfortable completing a GCSE, BTEC, A-Level or Diploma when their teacher may not be entirely correct maybe in the words they are speaking to the students or maybe with the marking they give to the student. Without a teaching degree it is merely impossible to fully teach a subject to the right extent that the child can succeed in. I believe that the Head Teacher should have to fully check the employee’s qualifications and see what they actually have to show and make the school have a good presentation rather than having no qualification to teach. If this succeeds then every child in education will have a better chance to be who they want to be. And if this does not succeed then Britain’s education may be put at stake with many teachers not leading students correctly to successive education. I chose to create this petition because I believe that students should have an education to be able to succeed in what they aspire to do in their future career, to crush a child’s dream by not having the correct GCSEs or qualification to succeed in their aspired career may be extremely devastating for a child, this should be changed for British society and the British community.  Please take this into full account and understand where I am coming from and why so want to improve education. Thankyou.

School in the United Kingdom
7 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Department for Education, Education Funding Agency

Establish a bilingual school in Lambeth, the largest Portuguese community in London.

Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London and the 22nd most deprived in the UK. Children from socio-economic deprived backgrounds are more likely to underperform at school. In 2016, Portuguese pupils had again the lowest levels of attainment, consistently below the Lambeth average for KS1 and KS2. In Lambeth the second most common spoken language after English is Portuguese with an estimated 35,000 Portuguese speakers living in the borough. In Lambeth schools 7% of pupils speak Portuguese. There are many benefits to having a bilingual education. Moving between two different worlds means children come into contact and identify with the traditions and identities of each one. This is particularly the case with immigrant families, where children may grow up with dual cultural identities. The Anglo-Portuguese School of London will offer a bilingual programme in order to develop children’s literacy proficiency in two languages and guarantee secure foundations in both languages to function in a Portuguese and English language society. Research shows that if children are exposed to a bilingual education and grow up with a high degree of literacy in both languages, they are more likely to develop better cognitive skills that provide advantages for learning and progress in later life.The Anglo-Portuguese School of London, the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency are seeking a site to establish the school in London. We call on the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency to establish this bilingual school in the borough of Lambeth, at the heart of the largest Portuguese community in London. The Anglo-Portuguese School of London continues to collect registrations of interest and support for the school from prospective parents and members of the local community. O Lambeth e o 8th município mais desfavorecido em Londres e o 22nd mais desfavorecido no Reino Unido. As criancas em meios social e economicamente desfavorecidos tem tendencia a ter insucesso escolar. Em 2016, os alunos Portugueses tiveram novamente os niveis mais baixos de apresndizagem escolar, consistentemente abaixo da media do Lambeth para o KS1 e KS2. Em Lambeth a segunda língua mais falada depois do Inglês e Português com cerca de 35.000 pessoas que falam Português a viver no Município. Nas escolas em Lambeth 7% dos alunos falam Portugues.Ha muitos benefícios em ter uma educação bilingual. O movimento entre dois mundos diferentes significa que as criancas tem contato e identificam com as tradições e identidades de cada qual. Isto e o caso particular das famílias emigrantes onde as crianças crescem com dual identidade cultural. A Anglo-Portuguese School of London ira oferecer um programa bilíngue e garantir fundações seguras em duas línguas funcionais numa sociedade de língua Portuguesa e de língua Inglesa. Estudos demonstraram que se as crianças forem expostas a uma educação bilíngue e crescerem com um nível literário elevado nas duas línguas, são mais aptas a desenvolver melhores habilidades cognitivas que facultam benefícios de aprendizagem e progresso na vida adulta.A Anglo-Portuguese School of London, o Department for Education e a Education Funding Agency estao a procura do local para estabelecer a escola em Londres. Nos pedimos ao Department for Education e a Education Funding Agency para estabelecer esta escola bilíngue no Município de Lambeth, no coração da maior comunidade Portuguesa em Londres. A Anglo-Portuguese School of London continua a aceitar registos de interesse e suporte para a escola de prospetivos pais e membros da comunidade local.

Elia Carvalho
289 supporters