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Education Pressures



 This again was elected for our Campaign 2012-14




 VIP Education Pressures



Manraj, Kayleigh Shaun, Liberty and Abraham are the elected members leading the Campaign against Education Pressures.

  • The group have discussed and explored the what  educational pressure means.
  • How this impacts on children and young people.
  • How pressures influence  decisions and next steps (education, training or employment).
  • We also want to explore and identify  both pressures and coping methods that will enable children and young people within Birmingham to enjoy and achieve their educational journey.
Educational Pressures Group – Update!

Educational Scrutiny
We will be delivering a presentation to the members of the committee, showcasing the impact Voice is Power & UKYP and the Campaign we have all been working on since been elected.
We have been look at the implications of the Schools White Paper
EPG identified a number of key areas on how this bill will impact on education for all children and young people

Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development includes teaching & leading, curriculum assessment & qualification and funding
·    Introduction of an English Baccalaureate this will include English, Maths, Modern Foreign Language and Humanities.
·    The end to Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and replaced with an allowance targeting the most disadvantage young people.

The New Schools System
The New School System, including the role of the LA and Scrutiny Committee, accountability of school improvements.

·    Will New Schools and Academy’s focus on workforce and market skills over core education; e.g. if a retail business is involved in an academy will retail be the focus of the curriculum; what about students who have no interest in retail.

Improving Behaviour & Discipline
Teachers will have increased power to discipline pupils, powers to search pupils, issue detentions and reasonable force where necessary.  

·    ‘What is reasonable force’ How does this effect children and young peoples rights.   
·    What implications does this have on safeguarding?  
·    How do we ensure Staff, Children and Young People are all kept safe.  
·    Will staff have training on conflict resolution and restraining techniques.

Head Teacher Forums

We will be presenting the findings of our research to both Primary and Secondary Head Teachers Forums in the next few weeks.   If you have not seen our presentation as yet click hear to wave your flag!


Education Tweets
Morgan: Schools must offer childcare
 Parents in England are to be given the right to request that schools provide childcare for the full working day during term-time and in the holidays, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
Toddlers' wide use of tablet computers
 A study finds many under-fives have their own tablet devices and are using them to watch YouTube.
Oxford head: UK universities 'a jewel'
 Politicians risk throwing away "the jewel" of the UK's higher education system, warns Oxford University vice-chancellor Prof Andrew Hamilton.
Private schools condemn exam marking
 The heads of leading independent schools say the exam-marking system for GCSEs and A-levels is "not fit for purpose".
Parents of truants to have benefits cut
 Parents in England who refuse to pay fines after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked, David Cameron warns.
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