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'Activity passport' for primary pupils

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Shedman, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter


    Primary school children will be challenged to go on a nature trail, visit a local landmark or make a treasure map through a new "passport" of activities launched today by Damian Hinds.

    The move is aimed at encouraging more family time and building children's character and resilience.

    The activities are intended to support parents and schools in introducing children to a variety of experiences and fulfilling activities.

    However, the Department for Education told Tes that schools will not be given any additional funding to help pupils achieve these goals.

    The activities, endorsed by organisations including the Scouts, Girlguiding and the National Trust, are geared toward building children's confidence and curiosity through tasks like cooking a meal, exploring nature or learning to dance.

    All very worthy aims but with no extra funding and many of the activities needing time after school and at weekends, what do primary teachers think about it? Have they even been consulted? Are there the resources and expertise in schools to provide these experiences? Is this making up policy on the back of a fag packet?
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  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Pointless to trumpet the award of a passport, Hinds, if you are not going to provide tickets.

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  3. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    Cooking a meal? Mum/Dad can surely teach them how to cook a meal - or they could bring back 'cookery' at school. Exploring nature: Going for walks with parents/siblings/friends. Exercise is good for everyone. Learning to dance? I started ballet lessons locally when I was almost 4 and continued ballet, tap and modern dance until I was 18. All excellent activities and it didn't cost the schools anything. I joined the Girl Guides too and learnt many things. As for music? I learnt the piano (my music teacher was 90-97 years of age and an excellent teacher, He'd been head of music at West Bromwich Grammar School and had played the organ at St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. My lessons cost the school nothing and my parents worked hard to pay for them.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Parents should not permit their daughters to join the Girl Guides, given recent safeguarding concerns.
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  5. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Go on then, I'll take the bait. What safeguarding concerns?
  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Not my place to say, mate.
  7. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    you could equally argue that no parent should put their young children in day care, particularly before they can talk. Or any school that has a bullying problem, ie all of them in some areas.
  8. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Personally how one is feeling at the moment on this matter:

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  9. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Advice to primary school teachers:

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  10. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Apply this statement to the latest educational gimmick:

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  11. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Well you did say ….
    .... and I haven't the faintest idea what you are talking about. So how could I or any parent know whether to take your advice that "Parents should not permit their daughters to join the Girl Guides"?
  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Good, but if the parents have sufficient time, energy, imagination and resources the probably already do it.

    Scouts and Guides are already good at doing this. I'm not sure that the NT will do much though.
    Our daughter had lots of terrific life enriching opportunities through membership of Guides.

    Do Secretaries of State ever consult primary teachers in any meaningful way?
    Do bears ever visit public conveniences?
    hammie likes this.
  13. SomethingWicked

    SomethingWicked Occasional commenter

    It seems there's a row over trans* kids' participation, though that kicked up first in September - I don't know if that counts as recent? Alternatively, Surrey council want to build a road in Cobham which might threaten a campsite - not sure that qualifies either.

    As a general principle, I prefer when people make claims that they are willing to back it up with something. Screenshot 2018-12-31 at 10.18.38.png
  14. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    No, I did not.

    A Google search for news results containing the key terms will enlighten you.
  15. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I would prefer to be able to discuss these particular safeguarding issues but anything I might say on the topic of protecting vulnerable children in a particular context is reported as an attack upon vulnerable adults. I cannot even risk quoting your Google screenshot.
  16. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I do not think young children should be placed in day care before they can talk.
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  17. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Is the Pope really a catholic?
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  18. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    Depends which part of the UK they’re from...!

    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
  19. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

    I believe this is the guy we’re possibly talking about, is that correct @Shedman?

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  20. thekillers1

    thekillers1 Lead commenter

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