Think Global has recently joined with partners across Europe to work on the Consumer Classroom website.
Think Global's survey of schools about 'Prevent' has shown that many lack confidence in 'proactive safeguarding' - creating a safe space within school for children to discuss difficult global issues connected to extremism and radicalisation. This is in contrast to much greater confidence with 'reactive safeguarding' - spotting the danger signs and taking action.
There’s a photo doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter at the moment - it’s a screenshot of the BBC News website story about the disaster in the Mediterranean this week. The BBC’s headline was ‘Major’ emergency as boat capsizes’. Somebody has crossed this out and changed it to ‘Major’ emergency as many lives feared lost at sea’, and edited the article to replace the word ‘migrants’ with the word ‘people’.
Football. What comes to mind? Red cards. Bad decisions. Diving. Swooning over David Beckham (that's more me). Steven Gerrard's amazing free kick resulting in a goal off the inside of the top left corner of the goal post, that I thought would lead the charge of them scoring again, beating FC Basel and progressing in the Champions League 2014. What do we get? The Europa League! NOOOOOO... I could go on about how we-should've-won-and-we-could've-won but I won't bore you.
The good news is that teachers are showered with classroom resources, from both businesses and charities, on all manner of topics. The bad news (for those people who are devoting their time and money to produce these resources) is that many of them are hardly used.
It has, of course, been PISA publication time here in the UK, with all of the attendant angst about falling standards which always seems to accompany PISA.