Category: Relationships

A Changemaker in the area of strengthening relationships

Rachel Bee (not, to be clear, one of the people in the image above) specialises in helping people to build stronger relationships with others, guiding them so they can co-exist in harmony with family, friends, colleagues and others with whom they need to forge… Continue Reading “A Changemaker in the area of strengthening relationships”

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 need trust, positivity and mutual respect to learn effectively

It was the end of the 1970s when Pink Floyd were at Number One in the charts with a song the lyrics of which spoke of “dark sarcasm in the classroom” and included the cry “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!” The accompanying video… Continue Reading “Children need trust, positivity and mutual respect to learn effectively”

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”

Children need to be able to safely enjoy and learn through play

Play has huge benefits for children and families. We have repeatedly highlighted on the Forum website its benefits for children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. It helps maintain physical and mental health. It develops self-awareness and social interaction skills. It also promotes key… Continue Reading “Children need to be able to safely enjoy and learn through play”

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”

Effective learning needs a positive dynamic between teacher and pupils

Many of us have fond memories of comics like the Dandy and the Beano. Fans of the latter will doubtless have enjoyed reading about the mischievous antics of the Bash Street Kids and their fun and games with Teacher. The worldview was a static… Continue Reading “Effective learning needs a positive dynamic between teacher and pupils”

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”

Award-winning school scheme shows life-based learning in practice

A year ago the Guardian newspaper reported on a primary school in Essex that won a national dementia award for an “innovative intergenerational project”. The project is indeed an outstanding example of innovative learning. The project involves older adults who are experiencing isolation, depression… Continue Reading “Award-winning school scheme shows life-based learning in practice”