National Citizen Service (NCS) – giving teens the opportunity to shine!!

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I was first introduced to National Citizen Service (NCS) by hearing an advert on the radio and immediately thought it was such a great idea. We then met some of the local NCS team when Kian enrolled in sixth form, who really sold us the benefits of taking part in the programme. In a world where young people can struggle to get work due to their age and lack of experience, NCS can really help to build their confidence, teach them… Continue Reading “National Citizen Service (NCS) – giving teens the opportunity to shine!!”

#iwill – Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds

Having got two children through their teenage years and with another going through it, there is one thing that frustrates me no-end. Lack of meaningful work for teenagers. Most companies will not employ a young person before they have officially reached school-leaving age due to the many employment restrictions on young workers, which therefore means that young people cannot find employment until after the last Friday of June of the school year in which they are 16. I remember having… Continue Reading “#iwill – Making social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds”

The thing about school league tables…….

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An article appeared on my facebook timeline last night that I was genuinely troubled by. England’s worst schools revealed….. The article, written by the Daily Mirror, which can be read here, states that official government figures released this week, show that one in eight mainstream secondary schools are under-performing. Schools fall below the government’s performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects, with particular weight given to English and maths. This is only the second year… Continue Reading “The thing about school league tables…….”

Encouraging children to play free #PetitsFilousPlayFree

How often do you hear those immortal words “I’m bored!” spill from your child’s mouth? It is something I hear fairly frequently in my house, especially after I have enforced time limits on their technology. The question is, what do you do about it? Do you ever wonder what would happen if you just let them be bored, encouraging them to play free? Play is an important part of child development – from physical development of their muscles and motor… Continue Reading “Encouraging children to play free #PetitsFilousPlayFree”

Premier League Primary Stars Campaign #PLWritingStars

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Back in March 2017 the Premier League introduced a new initiative called Premier League Primary Stars which has already engaged more than 10,000 primary schools in England and Wales, including ours. The campaign is not about playing football, but uses the appeal of football to engage and inspire children across PE and Sport, English, Maths and PSHE. Premier League Primary Stars is a curriculum-linked education initiative for KS1 and KS2 teachers. Teaching kids about health, teamwork, resilience and positive behaviour is becoming… Continue Reading “Premier League Primary Stars Campaign #PLWritingStars”