Chris McGovern: Mindfulness classes are a waste of time

"The Times Educational Supplement" reports that the Government is seriously considering whether courses in "mindfulness" should be introduced to help improve pupil well-being into State schools.  According to the report, the general idea is...

Grainne Kenny: Closing down ‘headshops’ is a must. Legal highs are lethal not legal

A ‘New Psychoactive Substances Act’ aiming to restrict the sale of legal highs across the EU leaves much to be desired. The EU Vice President Viviane Reding was correct when she said that “legal highs...
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Kathy Gyngell: ‘Witch’ Maggie and ‘Saint’ Tony. It’s good to know where the...

Well I hope you didn’t miss the BBC’s sanctification of Tony Benn on Friday. No worries if you did, the ritual was still carrying on through yesterday morning. And for sure plenty more opportunities...
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Harry Benson: Marriage – down but not out

Marriage may be down. But it’s a very long way from out. And judging by a new survey, there’s a few more years left in the old girl yet. That’s because younger girls remain...

Sharon James: Sex education in schools? No Mr Gove, ‘Planet Porn’ is not appropriate

Parenthood changes everything. Often those who argue loudest for ‘freedom’ for consenting adults to watch what they like, become a lot more protective when it comes to the potential impact of porn  on the self-image...

Chris McGovern: Starting out with an A grade? More stupidity from the education ‘experts’

Should pupils start their learning with their teachers giving them a Grade A and, then, be immune from failure? This is what is being proposed by that august institution, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA),...

Alison Figueiredo: Why I care at home

Before I had my son I was a Digital Marketing manager for a film company.My son was born in March 2012 in the Royal London, Whitechapel. The beginning of our time together was so fraught...

David Paton: Has Facebook cut teen pregnancies?

In yesterday's post, I explained some of the factors that might explain the dramatic fall in teenage pregnancy rates experienced in England since 2008. Although there were several plausible candidates (demographic change, better educational...
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Philippa Taylor: Doctor first, abortion second. Women don’t want to change the rules

Doctor knows best. Those who are adamantly ‘pro-choice’ and fighting for abortion to be freely available on request, will disagree with this; because for years abortion campaigners have fought to remove the need for...

Chris McGovern: DfE speech on teaching maths found wanting

Yesterday, the minister concerned, Liz Truss, announced that, "There is a growing political consensus around the importance of maths education...". That such a statement of the obvious has to be made should be a...