The #iwill campaign, alongside the Jubilee Centre, is currently recruiting this year’s 50 #iwill Ambassadors to celebrate the double benefit of taking part in youth social action. If you know of any inspirational young people making a difference in their communities who you think would be a shining example to other young people, and organisations across the UK, then please complete a nomination form here. The deadline for applications is 17th July.
Michaela Community School – a controversial free school renowned for its ‘no excuses’ behaviour policy – has been judged outstanding in all categories by Ofsted inspectors. The school in north-west London won top marks in its first inspection since opening in 2014, with Ofsted inspectors praising the school’s ‘lively and engaging teaching’ and ‘exemplary’ attitudes to learning among pupils. Read more
An academy group of schools that introduced shorter summer holidays has abandoned the idea after experiencing a rise in absences. Changing term dates was meant to help staff, reduce stress levels and allow families to book cheaper holidays. Sue Wilson, executive head of Tall Oaks Academy Trust in Gainsborough, said the schools in its group had not reported any significant improvement though. Read more
As many as one fifth of teenagers are ‘active followers of Jesus’, according to new research. And one of the things that encouraged them to give their lives to Christ was visits to church buildings, often with their schools. The poll was carried out by ComRes months ago but has only just been released because researchers were so surprised by the results they had them checked and double-checked. Read more
Children must be taught British values in school to help them develop resilience against terror attacks, the new head of school inspectors has announced. Giving her her first official speech since the General Election, Ofsted chief, Amanda Spielman, said she would carry on her predecessor’s efforts to counteract extremism by searching for illegal, unregistered schools where children are at risk. Read more
Sin is an amazingly short word to have brought a political career to an end. Stumbling over whether or not he thought homosexuality was a sin in front of media microphones during the election campaign cost Tim Farron his job. Was he correct when he said you can’t hold faith and public office? Read more from Professor Trevor Cooling
According to the National Secular Society, the government should ‘get rid’ of an agreement that allows religious groups to receive millions of pounds to inspect their schools and give the money to Ofsted instead. Faith groups have been given almost £5 million by the Department for Education over the past six years to carry out inspections of the religious education in their schools. Read more
According to the wisdom of the day, kids experiencing gender dysphoria need to be treated as early—and as radically—as possible. For the time being, surgery and hormone therapy have to wait until age sixteen. But before that, adolescents can be prescribed puberty blockers, and even younger children are encouraged to transition ‘socially,’ by adopting the name, dress, and mannerisms of their preferred gender. Yet doctors have no way of predicting in which children gender dysphoria will persist. Read more
The Jubilee Centre is delighted to announce the launch of its new animated film, introducing viewers to the Jubilee Centre’s approach to character and virtues and asking the question ‘what would it take for society to truly flourish?’. Please share and promote the film, which you can view on the Centre’s YouTube channel.
Increasingly, gender therapists and physicians argue that children as young as nine should be given puberty-blocking drugs if they experience gender dysphoria. But a new article by three medical experts reveals that there is little scientific evidence to support such a radical procedure. The article, published in The New Atlantis, discusses over 50 peer-reviewed studies on gender dysphoria in children. Read more
Poor teenagers who are not planning to go to university but who do well in their GCSEs are far less likely to change their mind than their richer peers, a major new study has found. The research, published in the Oxford Review of Education today, also found that the poorest 14- to 17-year-olds were twice as likely to give up on their ambitions to attend university. Read more
Multi-academy trusts risk losing their connections with the communities they serve as they grow, school governors have warned Justine Greening. In a letter sent to the education secretary this week, Emma Knights, chief executive of the National Governance Association, called for the Department for Education to broaden the members who control multi-academy trusts so that local communities do not feel powerless or ignored. Read more