Policy

Great Teachers Will Never Be Enough If Children Can’t Read

Think about a child you know. How sure are you that they can read?  As a secondary school teacher, I would regularly sit down with the parents of fourteen-year-olds at parents evening, and inform them that according to our software, their child had a reading age of eleven. “But I’ve heard her read fluently”, the parents would reply, aghast, “ her primary…

Marcus Rashford: Campaigning from Experience

Photo Credit For nearly a year now, Marcus Rashford has been making headlines as one of the UK’s most effective – and unlikely – campaigners. Since joining forces with food charity FareShare last March, the 23-year-old footballer has fought non-stop for constructive measures to be taken against child hunger and poverty. The last eleven months have seen him relentlessly putting pressure on…

Comprehensive Childcare For All

With workplaces across the country now reopening, we are officially moving to the next stage of lockdown. This raises several issues, not least because Covid-19 has yet to be eliminated, but namely the economic reality we find ourselves in will acutely affect working parents. Childcare provision was inconspicuously absent from the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, provoking outcry from MPs, business groups and campaigners.…

No Confidence in John Swinney

The first week of August is always an emotional time for fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils in Scotland. The final few days of summer are rudely interrupted when exam results come around like a blunt object to remind those who had happily forgot all about things like school classes and national qualifications. This year adds a whole other dimension to the…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 55: Weight of the Nation

To discuss the government’s new anti-obesity campaign, Jasper talks to TSR writer Liam Stewart about his essay on the measures for the website. They unpick their personal histories with food and weight, the socio-economic complexity of obesity, how bodies are socially judged, the internal tensions on the left between individual and collective responsibility of weight, and much more (CN: food, eating, eating…

Boris Johnson should shape up, gastric bands and calorie labels in restaurants are not going to solve obesity in the UK

Photo Credit: IJClark My relationship with food has always been a bit toxic. When I was a child I was a fussy eater. As a teen I binge ate. Happily, things today are much better, but I still have days where I binge eat, or get anxious around drinking alcohol or eating certain foods. I was about eight when other children In…

The Digital Divide: Coronavirus and Education

Photo Credit Broadband communism. A fantasy. Costs of £100 billion or more.  It is safe to say that during the 2019 general election, Labour’s plan for free broadband was met with scepticism or downright hostility from many. However, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has brought this once-dismissed policy back into vogue. With school closures and pupils out of classrooms, many in Britain are…