Save Pelsall LibraryPelsall Library is less than five years old - it is in a state of the art multi purpose building £5.2m. Closing the facility now would be retrograde and a complete and utter waste of taxpayer money. Pelsall Library is enjoyed by all young and old - a lifeline to many and a hub of the Pelsall community
Retain the Highland Council Countryside Ranger ServiceThe Highland Council Ranger Service provides a very important educational service to local communities across the Highlands, delivering outdoor educational events to people of all ages, but particularly with young people through work with schools and youth organisations. The Rangers also contribute to the fulfilment of the Council’s duty toward Biodiversity, and Community Empowerment through their engagement with community groups and with members of the most disadvantaged communities across the whole Highland Council area. Outdoor Learning and Education is a key part of the curriculum for excellence and the Rangers are key in helping schools deliver this part of the curriculum and getting people outdoors and active and thinking about the environment and our impact on it. They also work with visitors to the area and local people providing guided walks and events, raising awareness of the stunning and internationally important natural history of the Highland Area. Public support for the Service, and the Rangers who are on the ground working directly within their communities, has been vital in retaining the service in the past and the Rangers are now already at doing their job with the minimum level of staff for such a large area to cover. Please sign this petition today to let the Leader of the Highland Council know you want her and our council to keep this important public service
Stop the closure of Liverpool city librariesThese libraries provide a quiet place for people to study and work in peace and safety, and the books on the shelves provide a vital lifeline of education to many children across the city region. Without them, many will lose a vital part of their everyday lives!
Save Historic Hythe Ferry & PierThe pier was opened in 1881 and the pier train is in the Guinness Book of Records as 'the oldest working pier train in the world'. It provides a vital link between Hythe and Southampton and is a part of our history and heritage. The community led campaign encourages increased use of our waterways and in turn, this will help to reduce traffic congestion on our roads into the city and pollution levels both sides of the water.
Hamilton Primary School restructuring proposalHamilton Primary school restructuring: Reject these unfair and damaging proposals. Tomorrow (Tuesday 22 February) the school's governors will meet to make a final decision on their restructuring document which was delivered to staff on the 25th January. The essence of the proposals are in effect jobs loses, changes in staff terms and conditions and pay cuts. It will mean that the school will lose two important part-time teaching posts and face the real possibility that Higher Level Teaching Assistant (unqualified teachers) will be required to deliver regular time-tabled lessons planned by class teachers to whole classes without any preparation time whatsoever. Most disgracefully the school's highly dedicated and motivated Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) will be forced to reapply for a limited number of jobs, most taking a significant cut in hours. Further savings are being sought by withdrawing pay for LSAs' 15 minute morning "break" (invariably spent supporting distressed or confused children, preparing for the next lesson, or on playground duty). These women are currently earning approximately £8.50 per hour! In addition to removing LSA cover for all class teachers in key stages 1 and 2 in the afternoons, (for example, leaving a single adult in charge of 30 5, 6 or 7 year olds all afternoon), further proposed job cuts include reducing the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator's post to one day a week (even though there is an acknowledged increase in the need for SENCO intervention at the school), and slashing the Computer Technicians post by more than a third (despite the heads decision to invest heavily in new computer technology in the classrooms). We urge the Governors to reject these proposals for what they are: an unfair and damaging attempt to push through cuts in the schools budget at the expense of our children's educational needs and pay cuts and worsening of terms and conditions for some of our school's lowest paid staff. Please sign the petition calling on the Governors to reject these proposals. If the Governors give the proposals the go-ahead we need to urgently act to defend our staff and our children's education. - The school's staff unions should call a joint meeting to develop a strategy of oppose and stop any attempts to implement the proposals. - We should call a joint staff and parents public meeting to organise a protest at the school gate demanding that the proposals be withdrawn. Up and down the country similar attacks are taking place - attacks that unfairly attempt to balance a budget at the expense of children's education needs and staff pay and conditions - but they are being resisted by both staff and parents. In Durham teaching assistants have struck to fight off a 40% cut in pay and in Derby TA's recently descended on Derby Councils head office blowing whistles, ringing bells and waving flags and placards to overturn a proposed pay cut.
Save Milton Road Public Library in Cambridge from demolitionMilton Road Public Library is an iconic building in the history of mathematics, celebrated for its connection with Professor Sir Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's last theorem. This dignified and much-loved building has served the public as a library since the 1930s, and continues to do so. It was a book that Andrew Wiles found in the library when he was ten years old that inspired his remarkable achievement - Eric Temple Bell’s, 'The Last Problem'. Wiles had been on his way home from school when he stopped to look at the library’s puzzle section. He read that a proof of Fermat’s theorem had eluded mathematicians for 300 years. Thirty years later, Wiles announced his solution. Milton Road Library had done what libraries should do - inform and inspire – with magnificent effect. Worldwide, few buildings are as closely associated with so notable a mathematical event. Yet Cambridgeshire County Council proposes to demolish it – to build a 3-storey block of 10 flats, with a small library/‘community hub’. This would be a huge loss to the heritage of mathematics and to the architectural and civic heritage of Cambridge. Read more here: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/4248/milton_road_library_site_redevelopment_surveydoc.doc
Homes for people - Homes for wildlife.People are increasingly concerned about the pressures on wildlife. Especially in cities like London, many beloved species, such as hedgehogs, sparrows and bumble bees are all visibly declining. The 2016 State of Nature report found that 7 per cent of urban wildlife species are nearing extinction. [link: http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/State%20of%20Nature%20UK%20report_%2020%20Sept_tcm9-424984.pdf], and the number of hedgehogs living in London has dropped by half since 2000. [link: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/at_home_with_nature_-_encouraging_biodiversity_in_new_housing_developments.pdf] People want to help but can an individual make a difference? We believe they most certainly can, if this scheme receives the backing of the Mayor of London. Every month in London thousands of homes are bought and sold. The commissions are considerable, and every home letting involves fees paid to the agents too. But what if a tiny proportion of these commissions were set aside to enable the new householder to buy a bird box, a bat box, bee-friendly plants or something else to encourage wildlife in some way? Its a simple concept - Homes for People - Homes for Wildlife! The home’s new owner could chose which sort of measure to encourage wildlife would work best for them and gradually a whole new range of safe and secure wildlife homes would spread across the city. Such a project has national potential but needs someone with the Mayor of London’s credibility to help get the various bodies, like the National Association of Estate Agents on board. They have always been painted as bad guys but we can give them the chance to do some real good with this scheme, by making it simple for people to give homes to nature. If done in an imaginative way, for example by making the voucher a unique token like a coin, redeemable with companies or organisations that sell wildlife-friendly products, the scheme could be expanded in use. Other companies wanting to help people support wildlife could also buy and give away ‘eco-crowns’ and people could pass them on if they can’t easily use them in their own homes. We could even have a competition, engaging with schools, to help design and name the ‘eco-crowns’ and another for product designers, to decide on the material (re-cycled plastic?) and ensure that the coins could not be forged. Before all this, the first step, is to get people like the London Assembly and the Mayor to see the benefits and back the concept, and then win the involvement of national bodies like estate agents as it gains wider support. Please sign the petition and help get my idea off the ground. This campaign was started by Maurice Melzak, a zoology graduate, naturalist and documentary film maker for more than 30 years. He first developed the idea in 2010, for Waterlow Park, where he gained the support of a local estate agent and a nesting box manufacturing company. It was featured on the BBC’s Springwatch. Maurice volunteers at Highgate Cemetery where he keeps honey bees and advises on wildlife issues. He obtained a Biffa landfill grant to purchase over 100 bird and bat boxes for the Cemetery which has made a significant difference to the bird life in the surrounding area. (see pic). With the need to save urban wildlife even more urgent, with a new Mayor and new support from politicians, he hopes this petition will get it off the ground and start to make a difference soon.
Save Our Public Nurseries in Tower HamletsThe nurseries are outstanding and a fabric of the local community. Some have been running for over 30 years, with dedicated well trained staff teams. They provide affordable childcare to children with different type of needs i.e special educational needs, deaf children, parents on low -medium income, lone parents, students, residents that may require support. Cutting funding for these nursery's will affect parent’s ability to work and will affect the children's well-being, especially children who are disabled or have other specialised needs. If privatised the cost of these nurseries will go up, meaning that many parents will not be able to afford to send their children. As parents we are concerned that cuts are the driving force of the Tower Hamlets proposals. Value needs to be given to quality of care provision, service user’s experience, rather than who can do it cheaper. Tower Hamlets Council is depriving the vulnerable children the services vital to their development, putting additional stress on parents of Tower Hamlets and communities, destroying long lasting community hubs. Our Tower Hamlets, Our Voice, Our Nurseries.
Keep the current GCSE grading systemStudents and teachers alike are frustrated with the constant changes to the education system. Sometimes these changes are necessary but in this case it is simply a great inconvienience not only to teaching but also to employers. I am seriously annoyed by this proposed change to levels 1-9 instead of GCSE grades and extremely glad that I have narrowly escaped from this having just completed my GCSEs. If you want to keep current GCSE grading please sign this campaign.
Don't force High Storrs School to become an academyNo two schools are alike. But the government doesn’t seem to agree. It wants to rush through plans to force every single school in England to become an academy – the type of school paid for by taxpayers, but run by businesses, sponsors or trusts. Many teachers and parents are already standing against the plans, saying that they’re ‘a step towards privatisation’, ignore local views, put profit before quality of education and could force some schools to close. One size does not fit all, and the pupils, teachers and parents of High Storrs School should have a say in the future of our school. #AintHighStorrsGotTimeForBeingAnAcademy #HighStorrsDoesntWantToBeAnAcademy
3 Fee Waivers for refugee studentsThe current refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian disaster facing Europe since World War 2. Over 11 Million Syrians have been unsettled and were forced to flee. Once Syrian Students have managed to claim refugee status in the UK, they face dramatic barriers to enter university, as they cannot access student loans and suffer from financial restraint. Generations of students miss out on valuable education to rebuild their future and contribute to society. Our university is rightly proud to host an increasing international student body. Our Human Rights Center has been praised as one of the leading institutions of its kind. We would like to see the university act in a humanitarian way and find ways to support the refugees. Other universities are starting to play their part: “Four UK universities (UEL, York, Warwick and Sussex) were offering scholarships to refugees. Since then a number of other universities have announced their scholarship and bursary schemes for refugees, including University of Edinburgh, Salford, SOAS, Newman and Sheffield.” In total, more than 26 universities have pledged to support refugee students to study at their universities. Let us join in this proud number: This is a petition BY students, FOR students. We want everyone to fully enjoy their right to education, regardless of the conflicts raging on in the world. Please consider this petition so we can contribute to the humanitarian disaster in what we do best: education.
We need more midwivesNew babies and mother's are leaving hospital too early. This is affected the babies ability to learn to feed. This is potentially lethal and inhibits a new mothers confidence to continue to breast feed. Such babies miss out on the gifts that breast feeding provides such as increased immunity and decreased sensitivity to food allergens aswell as the emotional bond and comfort breast feeding provides.
Save Dunelm HouseQ: Why is the building important? A: Dunelm House was completed in 1966 by the Architects' Co-Partnership and engineered by Ove Arup. Ove Arup was born in Heaton, Newcastle Upon-Tyne and was one of the greatest engineers of the 20th Century. Arup played a crucial role in pioneering engineering works worldwide, serving most notably as the designer and supervisor for Durham’s own Kingsgate Bridge (Grade I listed), and as design engineer for the Sydney Opera House. Arup, an honorary Geordie, considered Kingsgate Bridge one of the most important projects of his career, requesting that his ashes be scattered from the bridge following his death in 1988. Kingsgate and Dunelm House are physically connected, as a marriage of structures that depend upon each other. This makes Dunelm House and Kingsgate Bridge two of the most significant structures in the UK, if not Europe, if not the World! And they are on our doorstep in Durham. Why would you want to lose or damage either? Q: It’s a load of ugly dirty grey concrete - knock it down. A: Yes, it is dirty. It is white concrete. And it needs a clean. If you had not cleaned your house for 51 years, it would look grim too. The building needs major work, which Durham University calculate would cost £14.7m. It might seem like a lot of money, but this is a fraction of what recent building projects have required, and is comparable to renovations and extensions to other university buildings. And just think what it could cost to demolish it, bury it in a landfill (how unsustainable!) and rebuild on the same site. Q: The building 'is not able to accommodate new uses, so we should demolish it. A: This statement has been reached as part of the University’s ‘strategic masterplan’, which wants to put another building use on the site of Dunelm House. Of course, this doesn't work without significant investment. So perhaps the masterplan has not been adequately evidenced or justified in trying to impose a new function on an existing building - it’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Why not simply adjust the masterplan? Demolition is highly unsustainable, wasteful and very costly financially and environmentally. It should always be the last move when all else fails, and your building is literally falling down. Dunelm House is not falling down - it was designed by one of the greatest engineers of the 20th Century. Q: But the building has a leaky roof! A: Yes it does. All roofs leak at some point (even Durham Cathedral’s roof leaks - it doesn't mean we should knock it down). Most new roofs are only guaranteed for 20 years. Dunelm House's roof is 51 years old, and so like any other building it needs a new roof! Durham University has been aware of the leaky roof for over 10 years. Now is the time to fix it. Q: It will cost too much to repair it. Isn’t it cheaper to just build new? A: Durham University have carried out detailed estimations on the redesign and repair estimated at £14.7m. Dunelm House has a gross internal area of 3980sqm, making the refurbishment cost an estimated £3600 per sqm. That seems like a lot of money, but it is cheaper than the cost of Durham Universities new Ogden Center for Fundamental Physics (the new abstract timber building) which is costing £11.5m for 2,478 sq. m – that’s a whopping £4640 per sqm! Refurbishing the building could be cheaper than building new. A completely new building on Dunelm House’s site could cost millions more due to the cost of demolition and disposal to put Dunelm House into a landfill, not to forget the complexities of the site due to the topography, retaining walls, structures required and access issues that make this project site very complex – and as a consequence very costly! Q: We want a shiny new building by some famous international starchitect. That will put Durham on the map and make it a world class city! A: Durham is already a world class city, with a world class University. It has a diverse architectural grain from across the past millennium, and this includes the twentieth century. Durham University has been an amazing patron of modern architecture, particularly during the 1960s. So why undo that good work and lose it all now? Yes, hire great architects with lots of imagination and creativity. BUT, please look at what other highly successful refurbishment projects of Modernist buildings there have been. Look at Park Hill refurbishment in Sheffield (Hawkins Brown) or the Barbican refurbishment in London (AHMM) completed in past 10 years. Both hugely successful developments, prestigious, award winning, high profile, world class buildings that simply recognise and celebrate the value of Twentieth Century Architecture. Go on Durham, you can do that too!
Roundabout for Beanfield Ave/Cottingham Road junction CorbyThis is a dangerous junction at most time and is really bad at the school run time, sometimes the traffic backs up to way past the St. Brendan's Church and beyond. Also can cause a hazard at the Zebra Crossing. Seen many a near miss here as some people turn left then do a u-turn at the right turning a bit further down.
Education funding crisisDue to government cuts and unfunded costs to schools. There is a crisis in schools funding. See below Will you help protect your child’s education? Schools are having to make cuts to staffing and resources. This is because schools’ budgets have been cut by 8 – 10% in real terms over the last few years as unfunded pay rises, increased pension and NI costs and “taxes” such as the Apprenticeship Levy have meant schools have less money. This means cuts in other areas of the school to fund these extra costs. The future looks bleak. Next year sees more expenses for schools. Inflation is increasing too. Local Authority cuts means that schools are expected to do more with less. Schools haven’t had an increase to help with extra costs for a number of years. In Sutton, the Local Authority is proposing to cut basic school funding next year to help meet other costs especially higher costs for students with high needs.. We are close to crisis. Schools will have fewer teachers, larger classes, less choice, less support for students and families, fewer opportunities, trips or co-curricular activities. In some areas of the country, schools are already cutting school hours. Others are suggesting a four day week to reduce staffing demand and utility bills. Headteachers are not known for their militancy. However this information, sent to all parents of secondary age children in the London Borough of Sutton, is a cry for help. We need you to help us signal to local and central government that school funding is in crisis. They are not listening to us and we hope they might instead listen to you. • Schools will no longer be hit with unfunded increases in staffing costs • Lobby for an exemption from the Apprenticeship Levy 2. If you feel strongly against the proposed cuts by Sutton Local Authority Funding Cuts in the News • National Audit Office assessment https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Financial-sustainability-of-schools.pdf • How my school is losing the battle with funding cuts https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/how-my-school-losing-battle-funding-cuts • Cash strapped schools consider four day week https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/oct/03/cash-strapped-schools-consider-introducing-four-day-week • Heads Warn of ‘extremely bleak’ funding problems http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38557843 • West Sussex Governors Threaten Strike http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
Voting for younger peopleTake the EU referendum for example. Many older adults voted to leave the EU, but the people who will be affected in the future by these changes didn't get a say in what happened. If the leaving the EU has its difficulties, then the younger people will be affected. That is why I want you to sign this petition.
Keep the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in East SussexOn the 24th January, the ESCC Cabinet will be making the decision over whether to stop providing the DofE Award's Scheme in East Sussex. DofE provides an enjoyable and fun way for students from all backgrounds to do something new and get out into the countryside, in an era where there are many other distractions for young people. It is also a great way to get to know and make new friends, building social skills as well as practical ones through the multitude of different objectives participants must achieve in order to get their award. In the words of Cllr Nick Bennet, lead member of the council for Education and Inclusion, "I’ve always believed that the best way for young people to advance in life is not just through academic excellence but through developing broad life skills. Completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enables participants to develop new talents, meet new people and give something back to the community." The cost to run the scheme by the council is minimal, but the reward is monumental. It is for these reasons that the undersigned request that funding for the DofE Award Scheme is ensured for young people to come, not cut.
Endless Repetition of GCSE's is Unfair to the DisabledCurrently, in the UK everyone has to pass their maths and English language GCSE, regardless of any disabilities that may prevent them from doing so. Since 2013, all 16 to 18-year-old students who do not already have a grade C in English or maths have to continue studying the subjects. Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has said: “Inspection evidence shows that, for some students, having to retake their GCSE can be demotivating and that attendance at these lessons is lower.” My mother works in the field of special education and says it is upsetting and unfair to those with learning difficulties who just can't pass. It is obvious that some people are more able than others, and judging everyone by the same standards is unfair and wrong. I know of a 19-year-old resitting his GCSE maths and English for the fourth time this summer, and planning to continue trying for another two years. He is perfectly eloquent, has a job, and plans to join the army. The only thing holding him back is his dyslexia and dyscalculia (number and letter blindness) that means he can't read the test papers and is stopping him continuing with his life. We plan to ask the government to allow people with a diagnosed learning difficulty to stop repeating their GCSE Mathematics and English after they have completed full-time education (at 18) if they and a specialist learning support member both agree they do not wish to continue. The government should then be more flexible with other qualifications and job prospects.
Ask the Mayor to support a UK HIV/AIDS Memorial in LondonWe the undersigned call on the Mayor of London to support us in the creation of a UK HIV/AIDS Memorial. HIV/AIDS disproportionally affected gay men but also new African communities; people with haemophilia; prisoners and injecting drug users. It influenced the whole nation by forcing us to confront deep rooted prejudices and ask questions about equality, difference, religion, morality and identity which hit at the very core of our values as a people and as a nation. There is currently no memorial to those who died in London in contrast to most other major cities affected including Amsterdam, Auckland, Barcelona, Berlin, Brighton, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kiev, LA, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, NYC, Paris, San Francisco, San Salvador, Sydney, Toronto, Vienna and Zurich. We want the Mayor of London to support our campaign for a national memorial in the city, by meeting with campaigners and helping in practical ways to find a location, funding and wider support. Why Now? 1) 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which partly decriminalised sexual acts between two men in private and aged over 21. 2) 2016 is the 20th anniversary since the widespread use of the life-saving anti-retroviral therapy that arrested the number of deaths and literally, allowed for a new awakening. 3) New communities are examining and documenting their unique histories for future generations to make more sense of their own lives and to make secure as well as more grounded, their identities and narratives. The National AIDS Memorial in London aims: • To pay tribute to the men, women and children who died in the UK • To remember the struggles of those living with HIV as well as those who took on the challenge to treat, support and campaign for those who were affected by AIDS. • To acknowledge an almost forgotten period in British history • To form a linear historical path between the past, the present and the future for all the communities in the UK who bore the brunt of the epidemic. • To remember those worldwide who perished and who continue to live with HIV, the majority of whom still cannot access treatment This campaign is being led by GMFA (Gay Men Fighting AIDS), in conjunction with the UK HIV sector. @AidsMemoryUK; #AidsMemoryUK
#keepmissdellowOur education will be compromised if Miss Dellow is not our teacher. She is a teacher who is kind and humane and most importantly she can teach exceptionally well We believe Miss Dellow should remain a teacher at Whickham School; she is the best teacher we have and we believe it will benefit our education and future if she remains as our teacher. She is kind, nice, hilarious and simply has everything a teacher should need and more. She puts in so much effort and simply does everything she can and she is so passionate. If you listen to what some people say about her you will understand how much of a great teacher she is and an asset to Whickham School.
#1InEveryClassRoomThere are on average one child in every classroom who is colour blind. 1 in 12 boys and 1 in 200 girls. Colour blindness is carried through the male gene which is why it affects more males than females. This can have a big effect on pupils when teachers do not know how to recognise this or have alternative teaching methods. i.e. colours of world flags, Chemistry changes to litmus paper, sports (identifying different team kits, markings on sport hall floors). Some children also have difficulty with coloured writing on coloured backgrounds. Younger children often use coloured blocks for counting and subtracting exercises. My son was in a maths lesson and they were using different coloured blocks for counting, but he used the wrong colour. The teacher then said in front of the class that as he was 8 he should know his colours. My son explained he was colour blind,( which he shouldn't have had too as I had already written to the school twice). The teacher then took my son to one side of the classroom, and held up different coloured blocks and asked him what colour they were. This was very embarrassing for my son and not necessary at all. Colour Blind Awareness are currently running a campaign to have all children tested for colour blindness at their first eye test and also to have teachers trained as standard practice so they know how to teach children who are colour blind.
Fix the School CurriculumA personal experience in mine was that I had been learning (and still am) how to answer question 3 on an exam I will sit once and forget about mere hours after it's completion. Most of the skills we learn in school are learned solely 'to pass exams' which don't assess students on practical abilities.
Cheaper Holiday Prices In School BreakThis is a very important issue as children are being taken out of their education because parents are forced to go on holiday in school time as they cannot afford the double price raise. We need to stop this now because young people need as much education as possible.
Voting for 16 Year olds16 year old's have just as much knowledge about politics as anyone 18 or over. In the Uk it is a priority to tech Citizenship or some form of politics. In the Scottish referendum 75% of 16-17 year old's voted compared with 54% of 18-24 year old's. This has proven to work in Scotland, so i think that the Uk should apply this voting system as a Law.
STOP funding cuts in English SchoolsThe latest proposed school funding formula will see the majority of schools, academies and free schools funding cut under using the spin that this will make the system fairer throughout England. In real terms cuts will mean teacher redundancies, larger class sizes, reduced choice and ultimately children having a poorer educational experience. The government will say that they are spending more money than ever before but school numbers are also larger than before with ever increasing pressure on school places nationally. More and equally distributed funding is required now. Please back this campaign to get the Department for Education to review this situation because of the groundswell of parents and Carers who give a damn about their child's education. Please help by signing and then sharing with you family and friends.
Reduce speed limit outside Haygrove schoolCurrently the speed limit outside Haygrove School, Bridgwater is 30mph. I think it would be beneficial to change the speed limit to 20mph. This is a road that needs to be crossed by many students immediately after they leave school. Not only would this ensure students have a safe walk to and from school, it would encourage them to walk which has a positive impact on the environment. However, parents drop children off directly outside school which can become unsafe for other drivers and children.
Fund all UK pupils fairlyMore than three million UK pupils are being under-funded for their education because central government, incredibly, does not fund basic education costs and extra learning needs equally across the country. Local Authorities are allocated money for schools based on out-dated, historical criteria, which has created shocking underfunding of pupils in more than 50 areas, across the country. Schools in those areas have only managed through their thrift, resourcefulness and others' charity. Their deprived children have not received the extra funding that they need and would receive if they lived elsewhere in England and all of their pupils have been affected. This unacceptable situation has been going on for decades, obscured to the public by layers of funding complexity. But no longer: it is time for parents and communities to push for change urgently, because, with education cuts forecast, more than a ⅓ of the already underfunded schools can no longer make do and mend - they face bankruptcy. Millions of our children's futures are at stake.
Our special needs children have the right to educationMy son has multiple needs and had no home school or any type of education in 2 years 5 special needs schools have refused my son and stats dont no what to do they lied to the press and since my article many parents have come forward with the same problem in the local community y should we fight so hard for our kids to have education my son is 2. Years behind because stats failed
PANJABI on BBC WebsitePanjabi is the third most spoken language in the United Kingdom. A large number of Panjabi speaking population of the UK are paying millions of pounds of license fee to the BBC. Panjabi community have every right to have the facility of access to Local as well as World News in their own language as Panjabi (Gurmukhi script). Panjabis constitute one of the successful communities in every field in the UK and worldwide, yet they do not have access to reliable and trustworthy source of information on current affairs and world news in their own language. Digital information is integral part of modern life. In modern days Panjabi community has become more aware of this digital transformation. But their language Panjabi is no on the BBC !! Increasing number of young Panjabi audiences are also keen learners of the Panjabi language, each year taking A Levels courses in large numbers, run by AQA. Availability on online content in Panjabi will be significantly helpful for them to improve their language as well communication skills to serve community better and a better Great Britain. There’s no doubt that BBC has one of the largest news gathering operations in the world, with more journalists, in more countries than any other international broadcaster. It has its reputable presence in South Asia in terms of extensive coverage of social, economical and political news across the region including state of Panjab, in India. All Panjabis would love to stay in touch with rapidly changing world and will have access to daily updates in their own language. UK Panjabi community, as well as across the globe, would love to have all information in Panjabi (Gurmukhi) made available on BBC website along with other 15 South Asian languages including Nepalese, Burmese and Pashto. Therefore BBC must provide such well deserved facility to the Panjabi community of the UK as a "NEED" of the modern life. Such service is available to Burmese, Nepalese and Pashto communities, but why not the Panjabi Community?? This should be One & Only Question of the Panjabi Community to the BBC.
We Support Teachers to Boycott SATsWe began as a group of Year 2 parents who had had enough... enough of endless testing, enough of teachers not being trusted to teach, enough of an Ofsted driven, dull, dry curriculum aimed solely at passing National Curriculum Tests (SATs). We want our kids to be kids again and enjoy learning for learning's sake not for Ofsted results or league table figures. Bring back the creativity and the fun - say goodbye to repetition and boredom! In May, children in Year 2 and Year 6 sit a whole week's worth of exams... All year their curriculum has been focussed on passing these tests. Outdoor learning has decreased, childhood anxiety has increased, games have been replaced with grammar, playing with punctuation. Parents all over the country are joining forces to show support for a SATS boycott and a return to teacher led assessments which value individuality and creativity in the school setting. The assessment system in 2016 was described as a 'car crash'. We don't want to send children into that again this year.
More SEN Training for teachers and TA'S in schoolsThis very important because we need to help our children cope in society, prepare our children for a happy and meaningful life. My daughter is 12 years old, though out her primary school days struggled with going to school, crying a lot, her anxiety levels were through the roof. Only when my daughter was in year 4 the school had noticed my daughter had communication problems I was never told about until year 5. When my daughter was 3 years old I had taken to the GP, she was very violent so our GP referred my daughter over to the community paediatric services I got my local MP involved. After all those years of stress, anxiety, we finally received a outcome, on the 6th Dec 2016 my daughter was finally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Governments '96% project' for school attendanceThere is a 48 hour rule on contagious illness for a reason - so that the whole school isnt infected yet this new scheme penalises those parents who abide by the 48 hour rule putting the rest of the school at risk and not allowing our children to fully recover from their illnesses (reducing their immune systems and need for additional medical care in the future!) The 96% project will also put additional pressure on the NHS for everyday illnesses to be confirmed by already over stretched doctors just so the children arent marked as 'absent'. There needs to be a better way of targeting attendance that doesnt put a huge risk to the health of our schools and add pressure to the NHS, not to mention the cost to our schools in implementing this system.
Boat children deserve equal access to education!In the 19th Century, the authorities took steps to ensure that the children of canal boat families could go to school, by passing the Canal Boats Acts of 1877 and 1884. But the Canal & River Trust's recently imposed policy that forces boaters without permanent moorings to travel at least 20 miles before turning round is actively preventing children who live on boats from attending school. The policy means that children who live on boats can end up having to travel up to 20 miles to school which is not always possible. If the parents are unable to travel that far, they risk losing their home. This is what the head teacher of a primary school attended by many boat children says: “I feel very strongly that this is an issue concerning Human Rights. I do believe that the law is clear that children should be in education, and attending very regularly. Our children's attendance is carefully monitored and by law children are only allowed to be absent for exceptional circumstances. I don't think that any of the laws that refer to boating were intended to make it impossible for the children of parents who continuously cruise [ie. live on a boat without a permanent mooring] to attend a local school." For more information please see https://boatchildren.wordpress.com/
Proper training for science lab technicians in education and researchThis is important as many of the technicians who were trained properly in 70's and 80's are about to retire or have already retired and there is a danger that they may not be adequately replaced with. people who have relevant training and knowledge of sciences
No to School Transport Charges in Northern IrelandFree transport to schools is something we all take for granted. Children should receive their education at no direct cost - instead society should raise adequate funds for all aspects of education through direct and progressive taxation. The imposition of charges of between £50 and £200 a child potentially starting in September 2017 will be crippling for many low-income families and households. It is likely to have place particular pressures on low income and 'just-about-managing' households and on those with disabilities. It will threaten the ability of our young people to attend school and encourage greater dependency on private transport and increased congestion and emission of Greenhouse Gases. It is particularly regressive as a flat rate tax will apply equally to all regardless of ability to pay - although we oppose this on principle and do not agree to its introduction at any rate or on any basis as we fear that it would subsequently balloon in cost in future years. This is an anti-rural policy which will affect isolated communities disproportionately. It is the latest 'stealth tax' unveiled to make ordinary people pay for the largesse shown to big business, the well-placed and the connected. We are demanding that every politician distance themselves from this unjust tax. This petition is only the start of a 'People Power' campaign to defeat this measure.
School Phobia, School Refusal & Separation Anxiety-is recognised within the Dept.It is important that children with School Refusal, School Phobia and Separation Anxiety receive mental health support and are not over-ridden by adults, professionals and supporting staff. Currently, children with the debilitating mental illness are forced, restrained and belittled as tactics for continued attendance. Parents are also threatened with attendance penalties and Court action which needs to be removed from policy. These actions against parents and direct action to the child, worsens the condition as trust becomes diminished, causes more distress to the child, stress and pressure to the families who also report in vast numbers attempted suicide, self harm and running away. Our children must be listened to, heard and allowed to use their voices in the strive to move forward, rehabilitate and allow them to continue with a future. Spending and funds must be put in place as presently, schools and some professionals refuse to acknowledge school refusal, school phobia and its causes either as a budget strategy or simply mis-diagnose. The UK Government state that Home Educational Support will be given for children who cannot attend school. However, without correct diagnosis and acknowledgement, these children won't have access to any such resources. Thank you for taking the time to read about School Refusal Children and the impact on families.
Don't take women out of politics A-levelsThe political history taught in schools is hugely biased towards the actions of men. Shoehorning feminism and women's political achievements under the banner of "pressure groups" diminishes the important work women have done - and still are doing - to make politics more equal and representative. The new curriculum plans to only include one woman in the list of key political thinkers students will study - and the entire Suffragettes movement will only be taught in a section on pressure groups. Women have helped shape this world as much as men have and it's integral that we are recognised as political thinkers, as well as giving kids great female role models to look up to... whether they're boys, girls or anything else. When we remove women from the syllabus we teach young people that women have no impact on politics. At a time when fewer than one in three MPs are female this is a dangerous message to give out. The government has a responsibility to teach young men and women that every voice is important, not just the voices of those already in power. For the sake of the men and women of the future we need to hear about the women of the past. Stop airbrushing women out of our history.
Keep the name of 'Osmani' SchoolMajority of local residents are totally against the decision to change the name of the school without any consultation with the parents or a consensus. The name Osmani has a significant historical significance and has existed since 1986. 98% children studying at the school are from Bangladeshi community. The name 'Osmani' is the pride and honour of Bangladeshi history, heritage and culture. There are other names such as- Bangabondhu primary, Shapla primary and Kobi Nazrul primary which exist in Tower Hamlets. All of these school names were decided by Tower Hamlets Council in 1985, and should not be changed arbitrarily. Cllr Ohid Ahmed
Abandon General Teaching Council Scotland fee increaseMost Scottish teachers saw their take home pay drop this tax year. This follows years of either no pay rise, or rises which are less than inflation. In addition pension contributions have been raised considerably, further reducing take home pay. GTCS fees were increased by 25% just 3 years ago - a further increase is unfair to teachers who are, like many in our society, under substantial financial pressures.