education system

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Update posted 6 days 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
418 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Hertfordshire County Council

Concerning the Hertfordshire CC "Report of the Secondary School Place Planning" - Oct 2006

We the undersigned request that Hertfordshire County Council publicly explain what actions it took as a result of the detailed recommendations and findings of its own report “The Secondary School Place Planning Topic Group - October 2006 - Report of The Children, Schools & Families Scrutiny Committee Topic Group.” and confirm whether those actions are still in place today? Note: Only a draft of this report was only ever publicly available, so any errors and omissions below are as found in the source material. The source report can be found here: Recommendations and Findings highlighting output from the Scrutiny Committee Topic Group and Report detail include: CSF Learning Points: Recommendation 1That the Director of CSF ensures that the learning points presented by his officers are acted on with immediate effect across the county, and that learning points 4 and 5 are incorporated within formalised processes.Finding 1The Group sympathises with the stress and emotional concerns experienced by children and their parents when a place at their preferred school is not available leaving them with no option but to consider going through an appeal process.Finding 2The overall accuracy of the school forecast and placement planning process can help hide potential ‘hot spot’ areas.Recommendation 2That the Director of CSF initiates a review of the potential number of ‘hot spot’ areas.Recommendation 3That CSF introduces a more ‘granular’ level of modelling (e.g. parish) for hot spot areas and that the result of the modelling be factored into the final planning of places.Recommendation 4Where forecast numbers are above or below planned admission numbers serious account of this should be taken at an early stage.Recommendation 5When forecasts are made a report, together with a hotspot forecast, should be sent to the Executive Member and local county councillors to facilitate the use of their local constituency knowledge.Finding 3Whilst parental preference is a cornerstone of the Authority’s code of practise and local admission arrangements should seek to meet this to the maximum extent possible, an education authority cannot keep adding places to popular or local schools indefinitely.Finding 4More could be done to limit the impact of siblings by making further changes to the admission rules.Recommendation 6The Executive Member should commission a review of the admission rules and for this review to take account of both practice by other education authorities and experiences in the Greater Harpenden and other ‘hot spot’ areas.Recommendation 7That the Executive Member be invited to suggest to the Government that flexibility that is no longer available following the introduction of PAN London is built back into the system;Finding 5 That whilst the abuse of short term or accommodation addresses by parents was not the predominant factor behind the problems experienced in Harpenden, there is sufficient evidence to indicate that more needs to be done to deter thisRecommendation 8The opportunity should be taken during the publication of this report to draw attention to the Authority’s resolve to take action against any parent who abuses the system through the use of short term addresses.Recommendation 9There should be a greater use of head teachers’ and schools’ local knowledge during the application checking process, with a proactive approach towards identifying those who use addresses fraudulently.Recommendation 10There should be positive early contact with independent schools in respect of obtaining information about likely transfersRecommendation 11Greater consideration should be given to the potential impact resulting from rule changes that are being considered, or the resolution of any perceived anomaly so that the full impact of such changes is appreciated and planned for.Recommendation 12Where place planning problems occur CSF must identify whether these are short-term or not.  John Hansen 7/7/18

John Hansen
119 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP, Amber Rudd MP, Mary Macleod MP, Greg Hunt MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Malcolm Turnbull MP, David Laws MP, Vince Cable MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, George Eustice MP, Andrew Stephenson MP, Stella Creasy MP, James Morris MP, Paul Uppal MP, James Wharton MP, Marcus Jones MP, Ted McMeekin, MPP, Kris Hopkins MP, Anna Soubry MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, Paul Maynard MP

Prevent Elitism: Stop Universities Charging Students Just To Apply

This includes stopping application fees and other charges before student finance loans are provided.   I recently applied for an MA at UCL. I was shocked to discover I needed to pay £75 to apply. No other university has charged me to apply (that is, Kingston University, Nottingham University and Derby University). Luckily, I was able to find the funds. Others might not be able to.  Why should people be excluded from education on the basis of finances? Coming from the North of England, I am unsure if living in London is even affordable to me in the first place - especially since I am so far in debt already from my current undergraduate degree. Why are students being punished financially to educate themselves to add value to industries and the economy? Why does UCL feel the need to incur extra costs? There are already so many problems of exclusion from education and therefore career opportunities based on geographical location, personal finances, gender, race and so on and so on. I do not feel this is necessary.  Is 9 grand a year for an undergraduate degree not enough already? In this case, it was an MA I applied for which would cost around 6 grand a year... are they trying to make up the cost? Other universities seem to manage without adding the extra cost.  Unfortunately, the MA I am applying to is for Publishing - which is already a very exclusive industry to the southern white middle class. I call for publishers, business professionals of all kinds, students, and other universities to speak out against this admin fee. It may seem like a small issue to some of us, but not to many struggling with financial difficulty.  Cheers for reading. Let me know your thoughts on the matter.

Finola Billings
104 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to UK Parliament

Axe LGBT being enforced on children in UK school systems

I want the government to remove the schools legal right to enforce LGBT to be taught in schools. This should be the parents decision and parents should have an overall say, in the way that it is taught in schools.Diversity comes in all forms, however children go to institutions to obtain ACADEMIC qualifications, unobtainable from any other place. The time at school should be used to teach subjects that will enhance a childs future. Teaching children about LGBT is an abuse of educational power that allows schools to persue political and personal propaganda. How will the benefits & quality of teaching LGBT to school children, be assessed?  What exactly are they hoping to achieve by enforcing this law?  There is also the issue that it is biased & shows a disregard for other peoples views. Especially for those, who are religious or come from a more conservative background. Every person in society does not have the same thoughts & ideologies of LGBT. Is it right  for the government to intervene  on educating your children on social issues due to project fear? Fear, that parents may possibly teach their children their own non-violent, non-discriminatory morals and beliefs. Does the human rights law, allow the government to dictate to parents which parts of their faith, religion or moral standards they are allowed to follow?  Is this the governments way of trying to restrict &/or abolish our right to pass on our  practices of faiths, religions and moral standards to our children? How can schools teach LGBT adequately,  without undermining core values of  parents faiths, beliefs and morals. It is mandatory for children aged between  5-16yrs  to be at school. School children are being controlled & conditioned into accepting government propaganda. What next, Christians, Muslims and other people of faith & moral beliefs, should be affraid of getting  ARRESTED or extremely FINED  because their ideologies  do not adhere and conform to enforced law? Anyone who dares to indicate that they do not agree with others peoples lifestyle choices are threatened with imprisonment and dismissal.  Meanwhile, belittling & ridiculing peoples choices of beliefs, gets  appreciation and the highest praise. We only have to look at the UK politictian who was  forced  to resign over their Christian faith. Yet, the government tries to pertain the idea that equality and discrimination laws are there for EVERYONE but somehow this does not include people who are PROUD to practice their faiths and beliefs.  Will the government  force teachers to teach children issues that compromise their own beliefs and understandings? Is this ethical? Children should be taught, that  RESPECTING EVERYONE is paramount, regardless of their family or social background. All children should be going to school to learn. Schools should concentrate on bringing children together based on this.  Schools need to work hard at making sure that ALL pupils are able to achieve high qualifications so that all children can  have high opportunities to go onto further education or any choice for their  future career. There should be no need to just prioritise, focus and segregate LGBT acceptance in schools from any other social issues. There should be every effort for schools to avoid controversial social issues when educating young children. The government should be encouraging Schools to work with ALL parents to overcome these social issues. Recently, in an area where the MP representative is openly part of the LGBT community, the MP used their political power, to FORCE primary school children to take part in the National pride parade. School children were forced to parade around their school,  wearing rainbow colours whilst holding banners. Parents & children were  given NO CHOICE whether they could  participate or not. This MP did not feel that they were required to attend any other event  celebrated by this primary school, but they were very vocal and pleased about their fulfilment with regards to being part of this LGBT enforcement in primary schools.This is direct abuse, of the law, on the youngest UK school children. I fail to see enforcements on the NATIONAL CURRICULUM, addressing  gang & knife related crimes, that destroy and ruin young 'African lives.'  In many areas  across the  UK, this should be the main focus. Families are struggling to know how to tackle these outside pressures that their children face from social tolerance to drugs & violence. How many more young African children have to die or be lost in the underworld of crime before the  government provides their time & energy into enforcing some or any  at all political laws to help prevent the catastrophic outcomes? However the governments main priority is to ENFORCE  and  FORCE that these  young children should  learn about LGBT. Why? This must be stopped. School is for learning ACADEMICS. It should not be used as a legal tool to BRAINWASH innocent children. #stopbrainwashing  

Izzy A
252 supporters