Vision

We established Let Kids Be Kids in response to a lot of whinging in the school yard – we aren’t whingers – we are doers… and so we wanted some positive action!   It’s hard not to get a bit whingey from time to time though (we’ve made a separate page for our concerns) but we’ve vowed to have space on our page for positive and inspiring alternatives to the current system of primary education.

All of Us – Educational researchers, Headteachers, teachers; teaching assistants, educational psychologists and childhood development specialists and PARENTS disagree with current education policy.

Kid’s Strike on May 3rd allowed parents a voice to say “Enough is enough”. We are not all ‘experts’ in the academic sense, but we are all educators; none of us live in isolation, children are part of our lives and children are the future.  We all have a vested interest as both parents and members of society, to call for the best education we can for our children.

Enough is Enough – there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise already out there.

This page links to our forthcoming Primary Colours campaign which aims to highlight how the the primary curriculum should reflect the positive, creative, vibrant and exciting nature of childhood!

Let Kids Be Kids has been approached by several individuals and organisations to help promote an open conversation into what we want our Education System to look like. … so here goes!

LET KIDS BE KIDS

A campaign group supporting teachers to boycott SAT tests in primary schools.

Our view is that there needs to be a return to a curriculum full of the joy and wonder of learning.  Rather than the 3 rs we look towards the 3 es… Exciting children about learning, Embedding the Basics and Engaging all types of learner.   We value the role of play in primary education – not just the early years.  We see the importance of teacher assessment but feel it should not be linked to performance related pay or to league tables.

MORE THAN A SCORE 

More Than a Score believes that the current system of national testing of primary school children to judge the effectiveness of teachers and schools is deeply flawed.

More Than a Score calls on the government of Theresa May to…

Recognise the scale of these problems and respond to the unprecedentedly high level of professional and parental concern, Suspend arrangements for primary assessment in 2016/17, Hold an independent and expert review to produce recommendations for the revision of the primary school curriculum, assessment and public accountability.

More than a Score is committed to promoting a range of forms of assessment to influence teaching effectively – and reveal the full range of a child’s abilities – rather than to judge schools.

UPSTART  

A campaign group to introduce a kindergarten stage for children aged three to seven in Scotland

The attainment gap will not be closed by an increasing focus on literacy and numeracy skills in the early years. Educational success is inextricably interwoven with health and well-being. In a culture where young children have fewer opportunities for active outdoor play than ever before in human history, all Scottish children would benefit from a kindergarten stage. But the ones with most to gain from the ‘gift of time’ for all-round development are children who are raised in poverty.

EXTEND EARLY YEARS PETITION

A petition to extend early years in England to 7. 

The news is full of concerns over children’s mental health, their illiteracy,their behaviour,and teachers leaving in droves. The EYFS curriculum which applies from birth to 5, should be extended to birth to 7 to enable schools to focus on the essential skills, knowledge and attitudes for life!

SIGHTLINES INITIATIVE

An independent national organisation promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education.

Children are curious, creative and playful explorers – and so we need to create an education for them that responds to these qualities. At Sightlines our vision is for all children to get the chance to be children who are eager and willing learners and explorers. We want to give them the best start possible – not crush them in to a system that only has one size for all.  Since 1997 Sightlines Initiative has been encouraging an enquiry-based approach to early childhood education through example, professional development, publications and exhibitions. Our approach is research and evidence-based – and it works. You can see the enthused, engaged, deep-thinking children and their thoughtful, committed educators in our project examples. We can see a movement of change, as educators find their true direction and the courage to follow through with it. Whether you are parent, educator, policy-maker, or general supporter, we hope you will join us and help to continue our work.

RECLAIMING SCHOOLS

Reclaiming Schools was set up to support campaigns for progressive and socially responsible education.

Our aim is to make reliable research available to teachers and the wider community. A major priority is to support the NUTs Stand Up for Education campaign along with other progressive campaigns.

SAVE CHILDHOOD MOVEMENT

The movement’s guiding principles are informed by UNICEF, the World health Organisation and the European Union.  We only campaign when we believe that children’s human rights and freedoms are being compromised.

Better without Baseline

On “Better without Baseline” WE BELIEVE BASELINE ASSESSMENT IS: UNNECESSARY, COSTLY, UNRELIABLE, STATISTICALLY INVALID, DAMAGING FOR CHILDREN, MISLEADING FOR PARENTS AND STRESSFUL FOR TEACHERS.

Too Much Too Soon 

The members and supporters of the Save Childhood Movement Early Years Education (EYE) Group are deeply concerned about the impact of the government’s early years policies on the health and wellbeing of our youngest children.  The early years of life are when children establish the values and mindsets that underpin their sense of self, their attitude to later learning, and their communicative skills and natural creativity.   There is a resource page with banners, posters, powerpoint presentations, and links to evidence, research and articles.

UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION – ARTICLE 31

 

FINNISH SCHOOL SYSTEM

This video highlights a very different approach to education in Finland… could this work here?!

 

PARENTS DEFENDING EDUCATION – Pledge for education

Michael Rosen says:

 “Stand up for our children! No more exam factories. Let’s make 2016 the last year of useless tests. Our schools should be places for children to be excited by curiosity and learning. Instead, learning is getting shrunk down to yes/no answers to fit what the tests require. Teaching to the test should have no place in a 21 st century education system. I pledge to stand together with other parents and staff to take whatever appropriate action is necessary to stop SATS and other useless tests in 2017.”

 

PARENT EDUCATION HUB

Helping parents understand the UK education system & sharing their stories of its effects on our children

All our children deserve the best education. Concerned parents are uniting to raise awareness of the pressure cooker nature of our schools. We stand with concerned teachers across the country and hope that together we can have our voices heard so that we can make a positive difference to our children’s experience of education.

THE PARENTS UNION

Campaigning for parents & pupils in education.

The Parents Union has been created to be on the side of parents against arbitrary and unevidenced prosecutions by Local Authorities and the Government and to fight for the voice of parents to be heard in the formation and implementation of education policy. Our current focus is on the campaign to reverse the term time holiday regulations, to give back to Headteachers the discretion they had prior to Sept 2013 to allow up to 10 days absence per year. We do not believe the current regulations to be lawful.

TAKE CHILDHOOD BACK – NATURE PLAY

This comments on SATs in America and alternatives in Scandanavia  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIKhp6CFP9Q&sns=em

RE IMAGINE LEARNING SUMMIT

These are just some of the visions of the future of education in 2050 that came out of the first day of theLEGO Foundation and Ashoka’s Re-Imagine Learning Summit, held in London on June 17 to 19, 2016….

Ashoka and the LEGO Foundation believe in the need to re-imagine learning and in the importance of play as the best way for children to develop critical skills and engage them as creative changemakers.   We are selecting and supporting the first global network of social innovators to re-imagine learning for the 21st century. For more information, check out our website, follow us on Twitter with #play2learn and on Facebook. If you or someone you know is re-imagining learning for the 21st century, nominate them here.

 

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