#THISislearning update

It has been a week and a day since Maddy and I launched the #THISislearning campaign, and already it is beginning to gather momentum.

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We have 272 members of our Facebook group – parents and teachers, from up and down the country, united in their belief that there is something seriously wrong with the lack of understanding and respect our government shows towards the art of learning.

There has been lots of interest in the campaign on Twitter, with some of my favourite educationalists (including Michael Rosen and Sue Cowley) showing their support. The links that people have shared using the hashtag #THISislearning have led me to some fantastic posts, including one which sums up perfectly why it is time for parents and teachers to unite and fight the decimation of our education system.

And support from parents is certainly strong.

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"Play is often talked about as if it were a release from serious learning. But for children play IS serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood" -{Fred Rogers} . My eldest has left school, he did well in his exams and wasn't a worrier when it came to preparing for them. He always knew that he'd follow in my husband's footsteps regardless of the outcome, he wanted a trade rather than years and years of further education. We are proud of him, making a living whilst still staying on in college, as is mandatory. . My middle daughter is currently studying for GCSEs she is working relentlessly night in night out to keep the place at college that has been provisionally offered her, but I worry that the exam stress is too much. . In the UK, children sit compulsory SATS tests to measure achievement. Children that do not reach the required level are described by the government as 'failing' or 'doing poorly' which can seriously affect self-esteem. I tried an English paper yesterday and I scored 6 out of 10. I would say half of my correct answers were guesses. This is a paper aimed at ten-year-olds, and yet I am 36 years old with an A* in English at GCSE and a B at A Level as well as further qualifications in journalism, copywriting and editing but I still only got just over half correct. A child's progress can not be measured by their ability to spot the conjunctive clause. Whatever happened to trusting teachers to do what they entered the profession to do? There is a tremendous amount of pressure on parents, teachers and children and that makes me sad and worried about what is in store for Rose's education and how hard she will be pushed. . . . . . . . . . . #THISislearning #letkidsbekids #StopSATS #LittleFierceOnes #clickinmoms #lovemyblog #ABMlifeissweet #darlingdaily #mommyblogger #mummyblogger #thehappynow #childhoodunplugged #RSlove #Flashesofdelight #humansofjoy #livebeautifully #simplepleasuresoflife #our_everyday_moments #simplychildren #simply_children #liveauthentic #candidchildhood #howyouglow #litt

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I love that not only are people beginning to share their own images and stories that promote a positive and passionate vision of learning, but also that the stories that are being shared are actually beginning to inspire people to think more deeply about learning – something which has been an unexpected side effect of the campaign for me as well.

The blogging community is beginning to come together, sharing their posts about learning and the activities which inspire it. I particularly like this story-inspired rainbow activity, and the hands-on learning about the butterfly life cycle using the ever-versatile tuff spot.

Of course this is all leading up to the 3rd May, when children across the country will be kept out of school and will have the chance to engage in exciting learning opportunities in their communities. I am particularly excited about what is going to be happening in my little town: a Celebrating Children’s Creativity day organised by the fantastic Flossy and Jim.

But perhaps most of all, I am excited by the general tide of enthusiasm in the world of education. The sense that, whilst things might be pretty rubbish right now, there IS another way – and that by standing together we really do have the chance to create a better future for our children. There are all sorts of campaigns kicking off, with people making the most of their expertise and interests to galvanise support from far and wide. And the wider campaign now has a soundtrack, in the form of this protest song which is in the process of being created by a group of teachers in London.

So what can you do – what can we all do – to take things further?

As far as #THISislearning is concerned, we would love it if you could do the following:

  • Join our Facebook group if you haven’t already, and share it with your friends
  • Use the #THISislearning hashtag to share your experiences of (or thoughts about) learning on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Link up your blog posts to inspire others with your experiences, ideas or activities
  • Share our badge (link in sidebar) to raise awareness of the campaign

Thank you for your support: together we are stronger.




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