Category: Relationships

Vibrant communities enrich us all and need to be strengthened

Everyone in the UK is invited to a nationwide party in June. It is intended, say organisers, as both a celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee and an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to helping the country through the… Continue Reading “Vibrant communities enrich us all and need to be strengthened”

Keeping children and young people safe, online and offline

Back in June Ofsted published a shocking report that described the extent to which sexual harassment has become (in their words) “normalised” among children. It was a follow-up to Everyone’s Invited, a helpline set up by the government in response to thousands of allegations… Continue Reading “Keeping children and young people safe, online and offline”

Lego’s Ready for Girls campaign challenges outdated gender norms and stereotypes

Yes, it appears to be true: there are no women, currently playing regularly, in the world’s top 100 chess players. This is just a single statistic, of course. It is devoid of any context and relates to just one sport. Even so, jaw still… Continue Reading “Lego’s Ready for Girls campaign challenges outdated gender norms and stereotypes”

Global Empathy Conference 2021

The online 2021 Global Empathy Conference, organised by Virtual School Australia, is on Saturday 11 September and Sunday 12 September, with a special opening event on Friday 10 September. It offers “highly acclaimed Australian and international guest speakers, educators, professionals from all fields of work,… Continue Reading “Global Empathy Conference 2021”

Helping children to learn about active citizenship

The American Federation of Teachers website includes a feature on civics education in the USA which opens with the eye-catching statistic that only one in four Americans can name the three branches of government. If knowledge is an indicator of engagement, as surely it… Continue Reading “Helping children to learn about active citizenship”

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”