Challenges

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The modern world presents us all with fundamental life-challenges — challenges for us as individuals, challenges for us as communities and as a society, and challenges for the future of the planet.


The Challenges area of the site provides links to detailed, sobering information about the urgent problems we face as individuals, as people living together, and as humankind maintaining the planet upon which we all depend.

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Challenges we face as individuals

Wellbeing Award for Schools

Body Neglect

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, lethargy and depression
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Teaching about the Climate Emergency

Emotional Fragility

Mental ill-health, anxiety and depression, and emotional disengagement
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Children's Mental Health Week

Brain Disrespect

Lack of sleep, junk food, sedentary lifestyles, drugs, alcohol, stress, trauma and the ‘I’m alright’ brain


Challenges we face as communities and as a society

Wellbeing Award for Schools

Communication Breakdown

Speech delay, stunted vocabulary, reading poverty and blighted prospects
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Teaching about the Climate Emergency

Fractured Relationships

Child and domestic abuse, sexual violence, family breakdown and workplace stress

Children's Mental Health Week

Fragmented Communities

Racism, hate crimes, violence, segregation, loneliness and social isolation
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Challenges facing the environment and the planet

Wellbeing Award for Schools

Plant Crisis

Habitat destruction and loss of plant life in Britain exemplify global problems
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Teaching about the Climate Emergency

Animals in Peril

Hunting to extinction, thriving illegal trade in threatened species, mass slaughter of wildlife
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Children's Mental Health Week

An Ailing Planet

The planet faces an existential threat, the result in large part of human neglect, ignorance and wilful misuse of its resources


These huge challenges are why we need to change the way learning for children aged 5 to 11 is organised. Urgent life issues cannot be tackled through the current subject-based approach to learning. Learning must be life-based to tackle life problems. What you intend is what you get.

Intention + Presence + Focus = Results


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These urgent life issues cannot be tackled through the current subject-based approach to learning. It does not adequately equip children with the education and skills they will need and is therefore not fit for purpose.