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education system

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Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Department of Education, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Mary Macleod MP, Karl McCartney MP, James Morris MP, Global Partnership for Education, oldbury council house, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Malcolm Turnbull MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Amber Rudd MP, Vince Cable MP, David Laws MP, Andrew Stephenson MP, Paul Uppal MP, Matthew Hancock MP, Marcus Jones MP, Jason Clare MP, European Parliament, Kris Hopkins MP, Anna Soubry MP, George Eustice MP

changes for special needs children

Hi all i am from the westmidlands UK and im a mother  to a 5 year old sweet boy with complex learning difficulties, We need loads more funding and understanding for children with all different special needs. More time in mainstream schools & more teachers training on special needs kids! We need more special school opening and time spent on our children just like the rest do, im so saddened by this it breaks my heart to know our children are suffering how about in 5-10 years time the next generation of children are going to suffer immensly due to this something has to be done NOW. Nevermind trying to pass our children off as naughty or cant be bothered to teach them so they end up in limbo like a pru with no formal education again due to no special school placement for children with no formal diagnosis, i am a mother of a special 5 year old boy whos going through hell with himself trying to get him where he needs to be! Like many others we need extra funding in order for our children to get the education they all deserve. Its been going on too long now something needs to be done i want to get as many signatures as i can to forward to the SEN department and above goverment for there understanding that us as parents simply cant keep going through hell all at the mercy of endless paperwork. We need them to listen to us parents as we know what's best for OUR CHILDREN not them! We need more special schools opening and training as theres a big rise in new cases and nowhere to place our children, please help by signing lets get our childrens voices heard Thankyou

sarah brownhill
448 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Stop the academisation of the Diocese of Westminster's schools

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has created this petition to unite the opposition felt by parents, staff and governors in regards to the proposed academisation and formation of multi-academy trusts as outlined in the Diocese of Westminster Education Commission’s- Academy Strategy and Policy, December 2016. Our opposition is based on the following: 1) When the NUT met with the Diocese, they admitted that academisation does not improve educational outcomes for children.  In January 2015, the all-Party House of Commons Education Select Committee concluded that: “We have sought but not found convincing evidence of the impact of academy status on attainment in primary schools”. It added that, “it is too early to judge whether academies raise standards overall or for disadvantaged children”[1].  2) These proposals will lead to a reduction in local accountability and control Strategic decisions relating to management of schools will be made at the Board of Directors level[2]. Many schools will no longer have head teachers, resulting in a reduction in accountability to the local community. These changes will inhibit the ability of schools to adapt to local circumstances and the needs of individual school communities. 3) Our experience shows that the formation of Multi-Academy Trusts always leads to economies of scale and resultant job losses Neither in the Academy Strategy and policy nor in Cardinal Nichols response to specific questions posed by NUT are there any guarantees over pay and conditions or job losses. The Cardinal’s letter fails to address the issue stating only that “the significant majority of schools will retain their own head teacher”[3]. We therefore call on the Diocese to drop all plans for mass academisation and the creation of Multi-Academy Trusts. We thank you for your support, if you want to get more involved in this campaign, please contact me via: london@nut.org.uk Many thanks Stefan Simms Ealing Divisional Secretary NUT National Executive NUT [1] Education Committee (January 2015), Academies and free schools. Fourth Report of Session 2014–15. pp. 4 & 54. [2] Diocese of Westminster Education Commission (December 2016), Academy Strategy and Policy. pp 14. [3] Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols (December 2016).

Henry Fowler
110 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks 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? Unfortunately...it 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. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students/ 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: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-curriculum-in-good-and-outstanding-primary-schools-bold-beginnings).  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
31,207 supporters