Articles about ‘Education & children’
A number of constituents have been in touch recently with various concerns about the UK Government’s policy towards further and higher education.
Students, teachers and parents in Birmingham are rightly angry. The Government’s is scrapping University maintenance grants for the poorest students, rewriting the terms and conditions of student loans, and now there are concerns over Government proposals to create a Birmingham super college and close existing institutions.
A local resident from Kings Norton has recently launched a petition about the need to tackle homophobia in schools across the UK.
Addressed to the Prime Minister David Cameron, and Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan MP, it calls on the Government to make tackling homophobia in schools a top priority – including through education of pupils about non-heterosexual relationships, and training for teachers to deal with homophobia.
My constituent has raised concerns about the commonplace use of homophobic language in classroom – and the way in which Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) young people are being bullied simply for who they are. As my constituent says, what is really worrying is that this bullying often goes unrecognised.
In my experience, people in this area don’t like Conservative Ministers making flag waving visits whose purpose is only to promote their local Party cheerleaders, not to face up to the problems their policies are causing to real people locally.
Only this week we have seen the Prime Minister himself boasting that four local schools will get building work done under his “Priority Schools Building Programme” (PSBP).
Birmingham MPs were active in the Commons yesterday on behalf of our City. I raised the issue of school crossing patrols and the unfair financial settlement being imposed on Birmingham by the Conservative Government. Gisela Stuart from Edgbaston called for a radical overhaul of the way local government is treated so Birmingham can better meet the challenges and opportunities our City faces. As Shadow Police Minister, Jack Dromey took apart the Government’s treatment of our police services- a theme also taken up by Steve McCabe from Selly Oak.
Every child should be able to walk, cycle or scoot to school safely. But far too often our roads are just too dangerous for them to do so. Two thirds of primary school children think streets in their community are unsafe for walking and cycling. And no wonder. Figures released today show that in 2014 the number of children killed or seriously injured rose for the first time in 20 years.
So it’s no suppose that proposed cuts to School Crossing Patrols across Birmingham have generated a lot of anger and fear among parents, children, school staff and of course the school crossing staff themselves.