The website is a comprehensive resource of educational legislation and commentary on the political context that surrounds it. If you need to find out where an initiative or approach came from or track back to see how it developed over time you can do this here.
Each year since 2005 the Children’s Society have surveyed children’s views about the issues they face. They say:
“Our well-being research was initiated in 2005 to fill the gap in research regarding young people’s views of their own well-being. The research focuses on positive rather than negative indicators, and on well-being in the present rather than ‘well-becoming’.
Our research aims to:
Develop a better understanding of the concept of well-being as it relates to young people, taking full account of the perspectives of young people themselves
Establish self-report measures of young people’s well-being and use these to identify the reasons for variations in well-being and to monitor changes in well-being over time.”
As people who work in schools it is interesting and informative for you to know more about what your pupils’ views and hopes are.
This year’s key findings are that:
An estimated quarter of a million 10-15 year olds in the UK may be unhappy with their lives
Boys are becoming less happy with their appearance
Happiness with friendships is in decline
Any experience of financial strain or poverty in childhood is linked to lower well-being by age 14.
The Children’s Society note that:
“We are calling on the Government to introduce national measurement of well-being for all children aged 11-18 to be undertaken through schools and colleges once a year. This would enable the experiences of young people to be recorded and issues acted upon for future generations.”
(Children’s Society, 2019b, lines 4-7)
Children’s Society (2019a) Well-being. [online] Available from: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/research/well-being [Accessed: 17/10/19].
Children’s Society (2019b) The Good Childhood Report 2019. [online] Available from: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/resources-and-publications/the-good-childhood-report-2019 [Accessed: 17/10/19].
Today you will receive an email from Abbie Deeming, the course leader. You will probably be thinking about the first day and what to bring. Here is a reminder:
You must bring:
2 forms of ID for enrolment
You can check what else you need to bring for enrolment here.
You should bring:
Something to use to make notes in
An academic year diary or calendar
You might like to bring:
Food and drink:
A packed lunch or money to buy lunch in the student restaurant / local shops at lunchtime.
A drink and / or money to buy a drink at breaks. If you bring a reusable cup hot drinks are cheaper.
Useful information to collect:
When you begin to take part in discussion about your setting and when you begin to write assignments you will need some basic information about your school to provide contextual background. It would be useful if you could collect this information and have it to hand over the opening weeks of the course.
“Alan Johnson, the former Education Secretary, tells the story of English education over the last 140 years through the prism of one school – St Michael and All Angels in Camberwell.
Over the decades, the school has undergone many transformations, including names, in response to changes in policy, but its purpose has remained constant – to provide decent and free education to local children.
The story is told through original documents – from headmasters’ logs and inspection reports – and the testimony of the children and teachers who went there. It is as much a social history of inner-city life down the ages as it is a study of our attempts to educate the children of poor families.”
(BBC, 2019, lines 3-14).
BBC (2019) The Secret History of a School. [online] Available from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002rk0 [Accessed 29/08/2019].
Before you start the FDLT course we’d like you to introduce yourself to the group on these Padlets.
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