The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

My school is run like a business, and it sucks So said the young person as they were talking to me a few weeks ago. So said the same young person who said that they told this to a teacher in the proceeding few weeks. This one sentence and phrase has brought to light a number of questions regarding the state of young people in … Continue reading The Education system has depressed young people (and their learning)- why should they succeed to make it look good?

How has austerity left struggling young people behind? A teacher speaks out:

In between the all- consuming story of Brexit on the main news over the last few weeks, the BBC ran a story a few weeks ago on the challenges that young people who display challenging behaviour, or who have diagnosed conditions have in school. More to the point the piece focused on the isolation procedures and in the same week the guardian did a piece … Continue reading How has austerity left struggling young people behind? A teacher speaks out:

Church with no young people? 3 ideas to start ministry with them (without employing a youthworker)

Theres no point being a youthworker in this church, we dont have any young people Only 8 churches in this diocese have a paid youth or childrens worker, and less than 6 have more than 10 over 12’s who attend at all They caused too much damage 30 years ago, we’re not having young people in our building today. Just some of the indicators, or … Continue reading Church with no young people? 3 ideas to start ministry with them (without employing a youthworker)

Youthworkers may have disappeared from communities – but their legacy lives on (and is more expensive than before)

‘We have to find things that young people are interested in, and good for them, despite it not necessarily being profitable’  ‘Recently we’ve been trying to challenge young peoples views on society and their contribution in it’ ‘we have problems with the whole confidence agenda, its not a false confidence we want young people to have, but one based on competence, and being genuinely good … Continue reading Youthworkers may have disappeared from communities – but their legacy lives on (and is more expensive than before)

We shouldnt knock NCS, its the only good thing this government has done for young people in 7 years.

Earlier this week I was having a pretty down sort of day, nothing major in the major sense of the word, fed up, half way through a fairly quiet/dull week off annual leave and hadnt really done anything, then a few money worries added to this, and I played and lost a game of tennis against my son, less out of physical inability just mentally … Continue reading We shouldnt knock NCS, its the only good thing this government has done for young people in 7 years.

Why should the school teach all the best doctrine?

I had a really fascinating conversation with a young person the other day. They were describing how they went to church and a youth group on a Sunday, and during the week were involved in doing RE at GCSE level in a pretty bog standard north-east secondary school.  The young persons opening conversations were mostly about football, and the like, but then as the conversation … Continue reading Why should the school teach all the best doctrine?

Youthwork: the importance of developing young peoples narrative identities

Johanna Wyn and Rob White say something, i think, quite profound about the views of adolescent development; one that certainly youthworkers in faith based settings, and schools should reflect on, they propose that: a relational concept of youth offers an approach to understanding the social meaning of growing up that can take into account the diverse ways in which young people are constructed through social institutions, … Continue reading Youthwork: the importance of developing young peoples narrative identities

Reflecting on 2016 and the most read articles

Self indulgent article alert, but everyone is doing it at this time of the year…. I started 2016 with the thought that I wanted to do a bit more writing in the course of the year, 2015 I had had about 3,500 people read my blogs, and so I thought that I would try and at least match this in 2016 and write at least … Continue reading Reflecting on 2016 and the most read articles

For detached – why context matters

For 10 years now I’ve been involved in delivering detached youthwork in a number of settings, and not just city, rural and suburb, but also neutral space, community , school and college. For me the two key factors that enable quality conversations to happen are the following; A. The geographical distance from adults who control the space, and B. The  Aims and intentions of the … Continue reading For detached – why context matters

Proposing Youthwork in school shows that the government doesnt understand youthwork at all

Take your mind back a week or so, before Brussels and the Budget, and before Nicky Morgan had a weekend in the limelight over education. There was the announcement that schools (even the compulsory new academies) should have extended opening hours, sorry I mean finishing time. (oops i confused a school and a private business, not unlike the government) The Daily Express reported it here … Continue reading Proposing Youthwork in school shows that the government doesnt understand youthwork at all