Hey everyone, happy Sunday!
Last year, one of the priorities which emerged from the Make Your Mark ballot and onto CYC’s agenda, was “Curriculum For Life”- this means that a large number of young people felt that the education they received at school wasn’t adequate in preparing them for the “real-world” challenges they would face after leaving. Not just that- the curriculum doesn’t prepare us for the challenges we face now, it fails to provide us with the skills and information we need to live happy, healthy lives; the emphasis on grades and exams is such that young people are increasingly unable to cope with the pressure.
We decided to conduct a survey on what young people thought of their PSE lessons, what content they think is missing, and how they think they could be improved.
The results were… interesting. Young people from different schools all over Cardiff took part, and the most notable thing about the results, were the inconsistencies that they showed us. There is no real structure, or any set curriculum for PSE, meaning there are huge differences in the quality of the teaching some people received- though quite a few people claimed they were happy with their PSE lessons, we question what this means when over half weren’t convinced… are some people just happy to have a free lesson which doesn’t mean anything, to do nothing in? Either way, it was unanimously agreed that there’s a lot missing from our lessons, from important topics like citizenship, first aid and mental health awareness to having a qualified specialist doing the teaching.
We turned the most important results into an infographic, which can be seen here; Infographic_v2 (4)
What do you think these results mean? Do you agree? What should be done about it? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, or Facebook!
Thank you to everyone who came to September’s meeting, and we’ll look forward to seeing you later this month!
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Mae and CYC 🙂