ICYMI its International Women’s Day today! A day where we celebrate the achievements of brilliant girls and women and get our voices heard in the strive for equality. As reported by the Daily Mail, the principal of the co-educational public school as defended her decision claiming it was based on “merit, not gender.” But Chris Sutherland, CEO of Gender Equity says that argument could be flawed.
It was World Book Day this week. The day when Facebook feeds are filled with snaps of primary school children dressed up as cute characters from their favourite tomes. For under new plans announced by the Government this week, children as young as four will be taught about sex education.
It’s World Book Day, and that means only one thing – you’d better have a costume already prepared, or it’s time to crack out the scissors and glue. Making a costume needn’t involve four hours of papier mâché, though – here are a few clever DIY ideas that the kids will love to get you started. Did you know it’s possible to get pregnant while you’re already pregnant? 10-year-old teaches important lesson about trans people with sig
Parenting expert, Justin Coulson, has written a blog explaining why he doesn’t believe homework is necessarily beneficial and why he won’t be letting his six daughters spend time doing it. Dr Coulson said that while most parents ‘endorse’ homework, few enjoy it and many teachers are not ‘fond of the extra work’ either. “Surprising to many parents (and teachers) is the growing body of evidence that indicates that homework for primary school-aged children is not helpful and may actually have a negative impact on their learning outcomes,” he wrote.
Should teachers be able to police what goes in children’s packed lunch? When it comes to making children a pack lunch, most parents are full of healthy good intentions. Well, not necessarily because it seems some schools and nurseries are actually monitoring the healthy-levels of children’s packed lunches and sending notes home to parents who don’t meet strict nutritional standards.
When you’re a grown-up you’re totally within your rights to take some time off work, even if that might mean spinning the odd little white lie to your boss, but what about children? What do children do when they’re feeling a little meh. Taking to the Scary Mommy website, the parenting blogger admitted that if one of her children is showing reluctance about going to school, she will allow them to stay off and have a relaxed day at home.
Have Kate and William had a change of heart about Prince George’s school? Earlier this week marked the deadline for parents to submit their preferences for primary school places for their children. The three-year-old royal was expected to be enrolled at £6,865-a-term Wetherby School in Notting Hill, but it has been suggested that the youngster may in fact attend the school’s new branch in Kensington, when he starts reception in September.
According to a poll commissioned by Bernardo’s and carried out by YouGov, three quarters of kids between the ages of 11 and 15 think they’d be safer if given age-appropriate sex education in school. This comes at a time in which more and more pressure is being put on the government to make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory, as chairs of five parliamentary committees have recently written to the education secretary in favour of the idea.
The principal at Ebbsfleet Academy in Kent, England, took drastic measures recently to ensure that the high school’s uniform dress code is taken seriously, says The Independent. Alison Colwell refused entrance to 20 teenage girls on their first day back to school because the students’ skirts were almost two inches above their knees, leaving the teens out on the street. Defending her decision, Colwell said, “We have a clear uniform policy that we enforce.
With comprehensive, grammar and private schools all offering both options, it’s yet another thing to have to consider in the already stressful task of finding a school. Because at school, you interact with other human beings in a way you never get to otherwise until you enter the world of work.
The Mail on Sunday reported earlier this week that children in schools up and down the country are to be told to stop using the term ‘boys’ and ‘girls’. The guidance, being sent out to teachers, parents and pupils as young as seven, advises against the terms because of fears it discriminates against transgender children, leaving them feeling isolated. Instead children will be encouraged to use terms such as ‘genderqueer’ and ‘intersex’ by a new guidebook, which will be distributed to 120 schools around the UK next month.
Is homework helping children’s learning or an unnecessary burden on parents? The ‘you’ in that last sentence wasn’t in fact a Fraudian slip, because much as it’s the children who are officially set homework, the reality, more often than not, is that it ends up falling at the feet of frazzled parents as just one more thing to tick off the to-do list. The question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains a thorny one, with child development experts taking up residence in both the for and against camps.
“This is my beautiful, smart, joyful 11 year old biracial son Kaden,” writes Kevin Brown in a Facebook post featuring a picture of a young boy holding up a sign saying “I AM NOT A Mutt!!!”
When picking up school supplies, don’t forget a calendar or agenda to keep track of projects, dividers to separate material, sticky notes to write down ideas, and if they have a locker- a locker shelf to keep their space clean.
EVERYTHING!! We know, we feel you, but it turns out there are certain parenting situations that are that little bit more stressy than others. A study by belVita Breakfast of 2,000 parents of school-age children has revealed that the average mum and dad spend almost two hours a day feeling stressed, with 63% going as far as to say the majority of their stress is parenting related.
The Children’s Society’s yearly study into children’s wellbeing has found there is a growing gap in happiness between boys and girls, and that girls are less happy than they used to be. The proportion of 10-15 year-old girls who are unhappy with their lives as a whole has risen from 11% to 14% in five years, while boys’ happiness has stayed the same at 11%.
Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society (BFS) and professor of reproductive medicine at Leeds University believes children should be taught about fertility from a young age. “This is something we have been discussing a lot at the BFS,” Professor Balen told the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Helsinki, Finland.
The school run what can be said about it other than it is a law unto itself. Parents and carers all over the world must forgo any normality for approximately 15-45 minutes a day. Don’t know what I am talking about? Well, let’s explore………
(DontAcceptRape.com) “The first six weeks of college is the period when freshmen have the highest likelihood of being raped," Margaret Johnson, executive creative director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners tells Ad Week. She and her team recently released a campaign called “Unacceptable Acceptance Letters,” which highlights how one in five women will be sexually assaulted in schools across North America. ALSO SEE: Student who carried mattress in protest, Emma Sulkowicz, just released a simulated rape video “We timed our campaign to raise awareness at the earliest point when college becomes a reality—the time when incoming freshmen receive their acceptance letters,” she says. The campaign features a series of videos as well as a print ad, that highlight that moment when a student receives a college acceptance letter.
Parents in Bletchley, Milton Keynes have been left angry after their teenage daughters were sent home due to the length of their skirts, being told it would encourage “boys to peer up them”. The school sent home students who were wearing skirts that were shorter than the regulated knee length or trousers that they deemed too tight.
Female students in Australia were told their skirt lengths were distracting to male staff [Photo: Rex]
Intense teenage friendships can be the stuff of heart eyes and scrapbooks full of precious memories but it doesn’t take much for them to descend into quasi-bullying and burn books.