No child should go hungry in our schools

School students who need free school meals are being left hungry because of their parents’ immigration status. If you’re a school worker and a member of the National Education Union (NEU), please help the campaign to put a stop to this injustice, by proposing this motion to your branch for it to send to NEU conference.

https://www.labourfreemovement.org/no-child-should-go-hungry-in-our-schools-model-motion-for-neu-annual-conference/

in solidarity, Labour Campaign for Free Movement

Our approach to Suicide Prevention Day

Sorry I’m posting 3 days late. Campaign is too small to be overseen by more than one person at the moment. But I’ll say what me and enough others say about suicide prevention.

‘You know what would help to prevent suicides in the U.K.? Actually having a funded and competent NHS mental health service. Instead, I truly believe at the moment that people with mental health problems are so out of luck when it comes to professional help in this country unless they can pay for it. Meanwhile, we have been trying to care for our friends, we are VERY AWARE and we don’t have capacity.
P.s. solving the mental health crisis not only requires awareness and love but action and solidarity

Comradely Joe Booth

One article that should’ve been posted this morning

Hey everybody, earlier yesterday a letter was sent to the Guardian newspaper to be published this morning but unfortunately it hasn’t been published.

Nevertheless, we’ll just show you the letter that should’ve come out this morning:

Title: Take The Stress Out Of Exams: GCSE Results Day

Dear editor,
Today many thousands of teenagers will be receiving their GCSE exam results, one of the authors of this letter being one of them. We wish those students all the best. But in getting to this point many of those students, and their teachers, have suffered unnecessary stress.
According to research done by Barnardos 48% of 12-year-olds in England feel sad or anxious at least once a week. By the age of 16, 70% report feeling this way at least once a week, and 22% report having negative feelings as often as once a day. 65% of secondary school aged students report that school is the main cause of stress in their lives, above issues at home or online or offline bullying.
Our current high-stakes testing system has constricted the curriculum, shackled teachers, subordinated assessment to testing, dealt ruthlessly with those schools (and their communities) that do not make the grade, as well as significantly contributing to mental health problems amongst school-aged students.
It is time to scrap it, and replace it with a well-resourced, publicly accountable system which supports and educates individuals by engaging them rather than pressuring them, which would require a generic campaign to unite for demands to fight not only the impacts of stress but also the causes: hence, http://www.tsos.blog. Because your worth is in your person and wellbeing not your grade.

– Joe Booth, 16 year old student in East London and activist with the Take The Stress Out Of Studying (TSOS) campaign
– Mandy Hudson, National Education Union Executive -NUT section representing Disabled Teachers, and a teacher in West London

Take the stress out of exams – GCSE results day

Hi everyone,

If you go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gh9sWsKD30&feature=share: you’ll find my first ever YouTube video I’ve uploaded called ‘Take the stress out of exams – GCSE results day’. Already it has about 170 views and many likes and shares.

Please please watch and share all over the globe!!

 

In solidarity, Joe Booth (JoePLBooth@gmail.com)

Major exam reforms have ‘ratcheted up pressure’ on stressed teenagers

Hi everyone,

I’ve just found an article in the Independent newspaper titled ‘GCSE results day: Major exam reforms have ‘ratcheted up pressure’ on stressed teenagers’.

Worth having a read: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/gcse-results-day-2018-exam-reforms-numerical-grades-student-mental-health-a8498106.html

It’s one of the press articles that clearly explains how damaging exam pressure and workload is to young people’s and students’ mental health. Which is why it is useful for understanding how exams (as a factor of the stress in studying) operate, and how they must be fought. How are you learning if your head hurts?!!

Please please share and leave a comment and we will have a discussion about how to fight this stress.

 

In solidarity, Joe Booth                                           JoePLBooth@gmail.com

Teens get a bad rap: the neuroscientist championing moody adolescents

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore – professor in cognitive neuroscience – was interviewed by journalist, Decca Aitkenhead, for The Guardian. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s studies of the adolescent brain have won her awards. So when she says GCSEs are damaging to teens’ health, perhaps we should listen.

Worth having a read: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/aug/17/teens-get-a-bad-rap-the-neuroscientist-championing-moody-adolescents

It’s one of the press articles that clearly explains how damaging exam pressure and workload is to young people’s and students’ mental health. Which is why it is useful for understanding how exams (as a factor of the stress in studying) operate, and how they must be fought. How are you learning if your head hurts?!!

Please leave a comment if you wish and we will have a discussion about how to fight this stress.

In solidarity, Joe Booth                                          JoePLBooth@gmail.com

Resilience?

The Independent has published an interesting article about ‘resilience’: you can read it here. The government has finally noticed the mental health crisis amongst school students, but its solution seems to be to teach children to be more ‘resilient’, rather than to stop the education policies that are causing the mental health policies. We would rather see prevention than cure!