• Have Black History feature more prominently in the Scottish education curriculum.
    Racism is a stain on humanity and must be eradicated. Many feel the main starting point in doing so is through education and learning. In light of George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter protests across the globe, I have been considering how we as a society can move forward and challenge racism, how I can teach my children about Black History and it occurred to me that I did not learn enough about Black History when I was at school, especially Scotland’s role in the slave trade. Having left school ten years ago, I have reached out to younger peers and colleagues who are still at school or have left school more recently to gather their views and, sadly, the consensus is that Black History is still not well represented in schools.
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  • Changes to history education syllabus regarding the creation of structural racism
    In light of recent events where we as a global community have witnessed innocent black lives taken in acts of racial discrimination, we have to ask ourselves why the response of many people is still to discriminate. It is the responsibility of the educational system to highlight the history of British colonisation and involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade to understand how and why racial prejudice, divisions and unequal opportunities exist for black people in Scotland and Britain. It seems that a lack of understanding of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement comes down to a lack of education, and we cannot let this be a failing of our educational system, nor let it feed into peoples ignorance. The police brutality demonstrated in recent events unveils a universal racist system that does not afford black people the same privilege as that of white people and an understanding of this must be achieved through education. This is as much relevant in the UK as structural racism has been evident in Grenfell, disproportionate deaths related to COVID19 and the tragic incident involving Mark Duggan, to name a few.
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  • Teach the UK’s involvement in the slave trade in UK schools
    Because black lives matter and the UK’s eyes need to be opened
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  • Additional Study Spaces at University of Bristol for 2020/21
    As the university has asserted that study spaces and libraries will remain open for the 2020/21 academic years, while "implementing social distancing measures" with "one-way systems, queues and distance markers", there will likely be restrictions on entry numbers to these facilities. Lots of students cannot effectively work from their university accommodation and houses, so restricted accessibility will disadvantage many who typically study elsewhere. The purpose of this petition, therefore, is to ensure that adequate study spaces are available to students while existing university facilities are restricted. The university can provide this by utilising university buildings and sports facilities, and/or through outsourcing.
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  • Governments of the UK: Support the children who will struggle most when school returns
    School can be tough for some children at the best of times – particularly those who are living in poverty, have experienced trauma, spent time in the care system or have additional learning needs. For some of these children, lockdown will have been a welcome respite from the challenges of school. For many, home learning has been an uphill battle without the support they would have in school. For most, the pandemic has stirred up strong emotions that are hard to live with, for them and their families. Schools will have their hands full just managing the logistics of a safe school return. We are calling on governments to give schools the funds, guidance and resources they are going to need to support the children who will struggle the most when they go back to formal education. All children deserve an equal chance to settle and thrive once schools re-start.
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  • Year 12 Education
    It is important to the wellbeing of all of us that we still have time to ourselves, time to exercise and spend time with our families. this is currently impossible and education should never be put above mental health.
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  • Private providers should cancel summer term accommodation charges
    Whilst students are still in receipt of their maintenance loans and have received their summer payment many students have to top up the accommodation charges and rely on either parents or a part time job to make the payments. Under lock down conditions students are finding it difficult to work and many parents will be covering costs of their children living at home whilst also facing economic hardship. The Competition & Marketing Authority says they would expect refunds “for a consumer cancels or is prevented from receiving the service, due to the restrictions that apply during the current lockdown“. Even without financial hardship this suggest that charging under these current circumstances is wrong
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  • 'Safety Net' Policy to be implemented at BCoT
    The situation surrounding Covid-19 has impacted the students of BCoT college considerably. Although we are receiving support from our tutors online where they can provide this, we are unable to use the facilities at the college in order to realise our projects to the best of our abilities (specifically final year’s Major Projects) as well as use physical learning facilities from the library. Many of our projects are unable to reach realisation as we are unable to access the facilities necessary and collaborate with others due the current social restrictions enforced by the UK government. Each individual student has a different circumstance whilst at home. Whether it’s not having the money or space to use alternative methods for their projects or having to look after their own children or vulnerable family members during this pandemic. We have been told by tutors to do as much as we possibly can based on our circumstances and they will be lenient when grading. But how can we possibly put a project before the needs of our family members or our own mental wellbeing, when many of us are scared to lose loved ones due to this virus? Third year students have been working tirelessly towards showcasing their skills in their Major Projects for three years. Whatever we are able to create during this pandemic, will not be a true reflection of our abilities due to our personal circumstances, whatever they might be (mental health, finances, looking after family etc). On the 25th March 2020, The University of Exeter announced a ‘safety net’ policy: "Our commitment to your success given the exceptional circumstances in which you are sitting these examinations and other assessments, we have decided to introduce a ‘safety net’ policy.” "This ‘no-detriment’ approach is as follows: so long as you would qualify to progress/graduate based on your marks obtained this year (including those in the summer assessment period), then we will ensure that your final academic year average is the same as, or higher than, the average you have attained up to Sunday 15th March. Details about how your average to 15th March will be calculated will be provided in the FAQs on our website by the end of Friday 27th March. If you achieve higher marks in assessments submitted and examinations undertaken after Sunday 15th March then you will be able to raise your mark for the year. To repeat, as long as you qualify to pass the year, completing the summer assessments can only help not hinder you because we will not let the extraordinary circumstances in which you are completing these assessments leave you with a mark below your current overall mark." [1]https://www.exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/communications/students25march/ [2] https://thetab.com/uk/soton/2020/03/26/sotons-no-detriment-policy-means-your-grades-cant-go-below-your-current-average-83828 [3] https://thetab.com/uk/edinburgh/2020/03/26/breaking-no-remaining-exams-assessments-can-negatively-impact-your-course-grades-for-this-semester-65113 This ‘safety net’ policy will give all students the peace of mind that the grade they receive for their last projects, will fairly reflect the work they have created over the past year. It is unfair for assessment changes to be communicated over email and the ‘safety net’ will reduce the pressure that students are feeling at this current time. Please support college students during this uncertain, stressful time!
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  • Exams shouldn't be cancelled next year unless it's absolutely necessary
    Exams being cancelled is heartbreaking for pupils who are now very worried about if they will get fair grades. We have got to do everything to avoid the same scenario in 2021.
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  • History Exams to be Rescheduled
    This is the final year for hundreds of students at Cardiff University, a critical time for any student, not least in a pandemic where libraries are closed and normal support and resources unavailable. The University claims to have made provisions in light of the Covid-19 crisis including extending the dissertation deadline until May 12th, however the exam schedule for the School of History, Archeology and Religion (SHARE) released on April 22nd shows that exams have been scheduled very close to this date, making this extension essentially meaningless. Many students are now facing having to complete their dissertations and sit an exam on the same day. We don't believe this is fair, and ask the University to reconsider their close scheduling to help us to be able to achieve the grades we are can.
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  • Money for extra teachers
    Children are our future. If they miss the basics in Primary school they will be unable to do well in further education and jobs. It is vital that they get extra help which is not possible in normal size classes. There are not enough special help teachers. Some children will need one on one help,others will cope in small groups but large classes cannot meet all the needs
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    It is very important due to the fact there is children doing examsad mocks, also children are loosing out on an education our government/ council state they must have? They are not getting that, who is going to put in all the extra work to allow our children to catch up or will it be missed and most children slip through the net and don’t get that education?
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