Big changes start locally

Teachers' and Parents' Views

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We invited young change maker Gabriel to guest blog regarding the campaign he has set up. This is the last of three blogs. Gabriel was funded through Virgin Money Foundation’s #iwill Take Action Fund.

While young people are at the heart of my project the views of teachers, education professionals and parents play a big role too. We need to work together to make the changes we want to see. For that reason I also had a survey for adults.

I found, just like young people, they agree that life skills are very important. 87% of participating adults (non-teachers) felt that the teaching of Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) and Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) is a school responsibility and 85% agreed that all young people currently do not have the skills they need for adulthood/later life. These findings show just how widespread the notion that life skills should be more prominent in the education of young people is.

“We do not live in a world solely based on academic results. Life is about much more.” Adult survey respondent.

The one part of my research that really surprised me was the view of teachers and education workers. Teachers agreed that more importance should be placed on incorporating a more cohesive and consistent approach to teaching life skills and citizenship in school.

The teachers I spoke to told me how they actively campaign within their school for PSHE and CCE to be more prominent in day-to-day teaching and this was echoed in the survey results. 100% of the education workers said they felt the teaching of life skills, PSHE and CCE was important and 91% of education workers agreed young people often leave school without having the correct skills for adulthood.

87% of education workers said that while they do teach life skills in Key Stages 3 & 4, their educational setting currently doesn’t teach PSHE and CCE at Key Stage 5 (years 12 and 13). This is something I would like to highlight as these are the final years before we, as young people, head into the wider world. Surely, this is a critical time for reinforcing the skills and lessons we need in real life and helping to give us the best start to adulthood?

I am glad to be on this journey in getting the voices of young people and others out there. I am looking forward to highlighting the education gap and hopefully making a change. Keep an eye out for the campaign film, coming early 2020.

“Parents have a huge role but many tell us their children's world is changing so fast they are unsure what to say and do. The overall teaching of this subject should be taught by qualified teachers.”

“I would say that Ofsted and the government really need to rethink what they think is important for young people to know. If we want a world of well informed, confident, effective contributors within society, we need to educate them on life stuff well before they need to find it out themselves.” Education worker survey respondent.

Gabriel Brown is a 19 year old young filmmaking student from Northumberland creating a campaign film on the importance of PHSE and CCE in school, supported by The Key and funded by the Virgin Money Foundation.

Gabriel Brown

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