Many of the more personal aspects of learning and growing, once expected of parents to teach their children naturally from family life like sex education for example, are now taught through schooling and RSE is another which is being revised. RSE stands for Relationships and Sex Education and is expected to become statutory in all... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
The subject of banning smart phones from the classroom has been in the news again. There are arguments both for and against a blanket ban which has been called for by some. Nick Gibb, minister for the Department for Education, takes the view that heads should ban smart phones from schools and classrooms and he... Read more »
You may have seen reports recently in the press about scrapping GCSEs. GCSEs were designed to show a standard of education at 16, consequently an assessment of a youngster’s capability for life beyond school. But now the school leaving age is 18 are GCSEs relevant? And do they equip youngsters with what they need for... Read more »
Young people today have a lot coming at them. Not only do they have to wrestle with social media, the less pleasant aspects of it as well as the good, it also brings an awareness of news events both local and global. Some of this can be shocking and is hard to deal with especially... Read more »
Opportunities for learning outside of the traditional classroom are increasing and giving rise to various alternative approaches to education. For a start, home education (read more here) continues to grow in popularity and numbers expand daily. But for families who prefer to use a school there are other alternatives to the traditional schools we’re most familiar... Read more »