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The Adoptables Toolkit – a free resource for key stages 2 and 3

The Adoptables Toolkit is a free resource for key stages 2 and 3 that enables students to understand the issues faced by adopted children and young people at school.  It will also increase staff awareness of behavioural issues that can affect young people from the care system. The package for schools includes lesson plans, teachers’ […]

Incredible Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

Every child deserves an education. Unfortunately, young girls and women ― half of the world’s population ― are rarely given the same opportunities as boys to learn, study and succeed. Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. Out of the 774 million people who are illiterate around the world, two-thirds are women. There are 33 million fewer […]

Talking to children about terrorism

Megan, who used to belong to one of my youth groups, has written a final year project for her journalism degree course  on how to talk to children about terrorism, particularly after Manchester. If you have a spare 5 minutes feel free to have a look by clicking on the links below. Meet Racheal Austin and […]

Best children’s Christmas story book

One of my favourite resources for the Christmas season is Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan. Nicholas Allan writes and illustrates the nativity through the eyes of a grumpy inn keeper who is unexpectedly at the centre of Jesus’ birth.  The story follows him as he is woken up repeatedly by Mary and Joseph and guests visiting the […]

My heart breaks for the burned-out teachers

This articulates many of the reasons I would never consider going into teaching.   When I was applying for university in 2000 I looked carefully at doing a BEd degree and training to be a teacher.  I was put off by the way the government drive towards targets, overbearing amounts of paperwork, and stifling creativity […]

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying tackled in new guidance for Church schools

Guidance for the Church of England’s 4,700 schools published today aims to prevent pupils from having their self-worth diminished or their ability to achieve impeded by being bullied because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. The report makes 12 recommendations for schools including ensuring schools’ Christian ethos statements offer “an inclusive vision for education” where “every child […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Being Present is the Best Present: Beth Craig writes on the importance of being present to support volunteers in youth ministry. A new metric: Jen Bradbury on why recruiting and equipping adult leaders should be a priority in every youth pastor’s work. Parents: Get Inside Your Adolescent’s Brain to […]

CrossTeach banned from Church primary school for being ‘extremist’

A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies. Dan Turvey, the headteacher of St John’s Church of England primary school in Tunbridge Wells, told parents […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: How do we help young people to pray?: Joel Goodlet has written a great blog on the need to stop sending out the invitation to ‘try prayer’ and find a way instead to encourage our young people to devote themselves to prayer. Hugh Hefner Wrecked My Life. . . Sort […]

Every school should have a therapist

Lord Layard also wants government to assess how much value schools add to pupils’ happiness. Every school should have an on-site therapist, according to one of the country’s leading economists and wellbeing experts. Lord Layard, director of the wellbeing programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance, has also called for all […]

Young Carer’s Day: the stress of juggling multiple responsibilities

A group of young carers have made a hard-hitting film showing how stressful it can be juggling responsibilities both at home and in school. The film, which was made by Fixers, the charity which gives young people a voice, is being launched today on Young Carer’s Day. You can watch it here: Jade Dyer, 17, […]

Study finds Sex & Relationships Education doesn’t reduce STIs and teen pregnancy

The following is excerpted from an online article posted on LifeSiteNews: A new peer-reviewed study of multiple “sexual and reproductive health” educational programs in several countries finds no evidence of improved health outcomes in any program studied. According to the authors of the study, “School-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy in adolescents,” […]