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GIVING PARENTS AND FAMILIES A VOICE

 

Our campaign is calling for:

  • Children and education to be the government’s priority during the pandemic

  • All children to be safely in school 

  • A properly funded plan to help children recover

Our Campaign

We called ourselves Sept for Schools back in 2020 but the campaign to prioritise

children and education in the pandemic continues into 2021 and beyond 

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WHY WE STARTED

 

We started our campaign to give parents a voice in the debate on education in the pandemic. Sept for Schools was set up in early June 2020, after the UK had been in lockdown for more than two months and schools had been closed to most children. Research reported in national media at that time showed that homeschooling and access to learning had been inconsistent across the country, with disadvantaged children faring particularly poorly.

Research showed that the closure of schools was having a negative impact on children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. We could see that parents had little or no voice in the national debate on these issues.

WHAT WE DID

We wrote to MPs asking them to support our campaign for a clear, funded and practical plan to be in place by 13th July to enable all children to safely return to school in September. One of our local MPs, Munira Wilson, took up our cause in Parliament, sponsoring Early Day Motion 621 on 17th June (link to EDM). This motion urged the government to work together with head teachers, parent bodies, unions and local authorities to urgently devise and publish a plan to safely resume education in September. Within a week, the motion had been read in the House of Commons and had cross-party support from Tory, Labour, Lib Dem and Green MPs including Robert Halfon MP and Aspana Begum MP, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Education Select Committee.

  • On 19th June the Secretary of State for Education announced that provision would be made for all children, in all year groups, to be back at school in September.

  • On 2nd July guidance was published for the full reopening of all schools.

  • On 3rd July we asked parents, via our Social Media channels, what their experience had been of homeschooling.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

 

We were inundated with hundreds of responses within the first 48n hours. We collated all of them into one document with suggestions on how to improve homeschooling and is featured on the BBC. We received over 2000 stories in total. These were all submitted to the Education Select Committee.

We wrote to Gavin Williamson MP including a summary of all 3 submissions.

We created a Survey  for parents to give feedback on their experience of their children's return to school.

AND NOW?

For September 2021, the government need to work collaboratively with the education sector and do whatever it takes to keep children in school.

There needs to be an ambitious plan to help children recover from the impact of school closures and addresses the inequality gap, learning loss and rising mental health issues in young people.

 

 
 

How to show your support

Please join your voice to ours in one of the following ways

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Follow & share on social

Follow us on social and share your support for this campaign with your network.

@septforschools #septforschools

If you would like to contact us directly please use info@septforschools.org

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Share your views

Tell us your views on UK schools and education

 

What is your view on children going back to school in Sept 2021?

What measures need to be in place if any? What are your thoughts on UK education after the last year? Has your view changed?

 

Tell us anything and everything! 

Thanks for submitting!

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Sharing your

homeschooling experiences

We heard from thousands of parents and guardians from across the country when we sent a request out in July 2020 asking for feedback on the 'lockdown' home schooling experience. We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to tell us candidly about their home schooling experiences, for themselves as parents/guardians and also for their children. 

 
 

Press Coverage

The BBC picked up on our campaign and our request for feedback on homeschooling and featured it on their news website on 8th July.

BBC News Article: "homeschooling has been hell", say parents

Our recommendations for improving homeschooling were featured on Sky News and in regional and local media on 6th August.

Yahoo News Article

Our campaign and recommendations for improving homeschooling as featured in the Sunday Times Magazine on 30th August

The Sunday Times: “It’s been a nightmare”: why home schooling in lockdown was a lottery

As we face a spring term of school closures, you feedback is included in recent coverage on the impact of homeschooling on families in these articles.

The Sunday Telegraph: 'My child is a sweetheart in the classroom – but at home refuses to write a sentence'

BBC News Article : "We did it before, we will do it again"

As the impact of lockdown on children's mental health becomes clear we were able to highlight parents stories in this article 29th January 2020 

The Guardian: "Behind closed bedroom doors, a teenage mental health crisis is brewing"

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Latest News

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About Us

The September for Schools campaign was set up in June 2020.

It is run and personally funded by the September for Schools Working Group of four parents.

 

Co-Founder and lead contact

Fiona Forbes

fiona@septforschools.org

Supported by:

Anne Messer

Katie Quinton

Katya Speciale

info@septforschools.org