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  • 7 Nov 2013

    Support Too Much Too Soon

    Have you ever thought that children in England start formal education too early and are put under unnecessary pressure at a young age? Many people have raised concerns about this problem over the years, but in September 2013, the campaign Too Much, Too Soon was launched to address it. Too Much, Too Soon began with an open letter to the Telegraph, which questioned why English children start formal learning so early, and highlighted the ways in which this can impact their health and wellbeing – and enjoyment of play. […] more

  • 31 Oct 2013

    ARE CHILDHOOD INFECTIONS A GOOD THING?

    We vaccinate against lots of childhood diseases now because we are told that having the diseases is a bad thing and leads to thousands of deaths. However, when we look at the figures from the Office for National Statistics, we see that 95% of the people who used to die from measles stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968 and similarly 99% of the people who used to die of whooping cough. The mortality rate for tuberculosis fell no differently in countries that did and did not use the BCG vaccine. Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and typhus were deadly killers. They all disappeared without a vaccine. Why? […] more

  • 21 Oct 2013

    Make one change

    This year sees the 13th annual National Parents’ Week, run by The Family and Childcare Trust. The charity has over 40 years' experience in policy, campaigning and research on issues affecting family life and their aim is to make the UK a better place for families. National Parents’ Week runs from 21st – 27th October, and the theme this year is Make One Change. What one thing would make a difference to your family life? […] more

  • 17 Oct 2013

    Abolish Slavery Now

    The word slavery for most conjures up thoughts of the 18th and 19th centuries, when people were trafficked from Africa to work as slaves. We might think of people like William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln who called for the abolition of slavery, with the aim that we could all live as equals. And yet the truth is, slavery was not abolished. Across the world, at this very minute, 20.9 million men, women and children around the world are in slavery (figures from International Labour Organisation). In the 21st century people are still sold like objects, forced to work for little or no pay and at the complete mercy of their 'employers'. […] more

  • 15 Oct 2013

    Learning as a family

    Running from 19th October to 3rd November, the Family Learning Festival is the biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK. It’s coordinated by the Campaign for Learning, a charity whose sole purpose is championing lifelong learning. The Family Learning Festival celebrates that a child’s most important learning takes place within the home, with their loved ones. Family learning can lead to powerful benefits for both children and their parents; children’s educational outcomes are strongly influenced by parental involvement in their learning; and parents and carers are often motivated to learn as a result of being involved in family learning activities. […] more

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