Category: Community, Society & Nation

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”

Bringing about cultural change needs new and radical thinking

The disappearance and death of Sarah Everard has propelled the issue of women’s safety to the top of the public agenda, and not just for the political class: ever since the shocking news first hit the headlines, huge numbers of women have been opening… Continue Reading “Bringing about cultural change needs new and radical thinking”

People want to see a closer, more connected society, says report

A new report suggests that a strong community spirit has been forged during the Covid pandemic and that nearly three-quarters of people would like society to be closer and more connected in the future. The report, called Our Chance to Reconnect, was published by… Continue Reading “People want to see a closer, more connected society, says report”

An idea for post-Covid education catch-up points the way forward

Dynamic, thriving communities are the bedrock of society. We urgently need to address the issue of community fragmentation and to strengthen social cohesion. One way to do this is by promoting community mindedness — and schools have a key part to play. Schools are… Continue Reading “An idea for post-Covid education catch-up points the way forward”

History is a great way to develop children’s sense of community

As the reaction to the government’s announcement last month that it was planning to legislate to protect public statues from removal “on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob” shows, history is capable of stirring the emotions like no other academic… Continue Reading “History is a great way to develop children’s sense of community”

Showing children how we form strong bonds is vital for social vibrancy

The breakdown of relationships — in our personal and working lives — is a major cause of stress, anxiety and mental ill-health, all of which are on a seemingly inexorable rise. Modern living is driving people apart. Yet quality of relationships is at the… Continue Reading “Showing children how we form strong bonds is vital for social vibrancy”