Category: Community, Society & Nation

Music can help children to learn about history and identity

In its online mental health A–Z the Children’s Society says that having an identity “can give you a sense of belonging, which is important to your wellbeing and confidence.” The theme of this year’s Black History Month is ‘Proud to be’, encouraging people, especially… Continue Reading “Music can help children to learn about history and identity”

We need to teach black history properly, and not just in October

The theme of this year’s Black History Month, which began last Friday, is ‘Proud to be’. The aim is to encourage all black and brown people, especially children, to share the things about which they are most proud, particularly in relation to their identity… Continue Reading “We need to teach black history properly, and not just in October”

Why we need to invest in our local swimming pools

The contrast could not be more jarring: just weeks after Team GB won a total of 25 swimming medals at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics (nine of which were gold), a report from Swim England is warning that 2,000 swimming pools in England could… Continue Reading “Why we need to invest in our local swimming pools”

Helping children to learn about active citizenship

Active citizenship

Political literacy needs to be more than just a curriculum add-on

The dreadful scenes unfolding in Kabul and the terrible future that lies ahead for many Afghans ­— not least girls and women, and especially educated women — are a salutary reminder that ‘human rights’, ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ are not just abstract concepts and that… Continue Reading “Political literacy needs to be more than just a curriculum add-on”

Refugee Week is a chance to reinforce values of kindness and respect

Thanks to a Waterstones email, I learned today that we are currently in the middle of Refugee Week — “a nationwide programme of events and activities that recognise the contribution of refugees to British society and the continuing importance of offering sanctuary to those… Continue Reading “Refugee Week is a chance to reinforce values of kindness and respect”

Children are never too young to learn about respect, tolerance and diversity

The England men’s football team booed by their own fans ahead of a major international tournament for ‘taking the knee’. A cricketer’s exceptional Test debut performance completely overshadowed by news of offensive tweets sent years ago. Two sports stories from this week. Both attracted… Continue Reading “Children are never too young to learn about respect, tolerance and diversity”

School-led reforms to improve levels of engagement and interest

Schools across England are involved in initiatives to improve levels of pupil interest and engagement by modifying what they teach to better reflect the demographic makeup, background and concerns of the local communities they serve. For example, according to an article in The Guardian… Continue Reading “School-led reforms to improve levels of engagement and interest”

Involving the community can enhance and enrich children’s learning

Schools are the beating hearts of our communities. They play a crucial role in repairing the damage caused by community fragmentation. They bring people together, often acting as a vital support for people in need, as shown not least during the Covid pandemic when… Continue Reading “Involving the community can enhance and enrich children’s learning”

Two young women taking a stand against public sexual harassment

Our Streets Now is a grassroots campaign set up by two young women “demanding the right of women and girls to feel and be safe in public space”. Its aim is to end public sexual harassment in the UK by making it a criminal… Continue Reading “Two young women taking a stand against public sexual harassment”