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Pupils freedom of choice branded ‘sexist’

A recent campaign by a local school has been branded as ‘sexist’ just for illustrating what some of their pupils interests are.

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A recent advertising campaign by a local school has raised new serious questions after local press and politicians questioned whether it was being sexist.

The advert, which featured pupils at the establishment, had job titles associated with them that were the pupils own personal choices of jobs they aspired towards.

But some people didn’t see it this way, noticing that on one advert where the boy had one of his choices as a politician, the girl had writer.

Pupils were featured with their own choices of careers they had interests in.

Scandalous? Err why?

In this day and age it appears that on the one hand we lament things that appear to be degrading yet on the other celebrate peoples right for personal choice.

A local paper ravaged the adverts by making out the school was being sexist before finally getting a response back that explained these were the pupils own choices.

But it also begs the question what makes a politician a better job than a writer or an actor or a singer or a ….. you get the point.

Since when did we take to the streets degrading each others jobs?

Perhaps before everyone started complaining they should look at why people choose what they do as their career choices before screaming words such as ‘sexist’ and publishing clear ‘clickbait’ articles.

After all, are we not supposed to inspire young people that they can choose to be whatever they want to be?

So hats off to Ardingly College for publicly showing that their students are supported in whatever path they wish to take.

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Crawley school students launch petition for change as funding cuts threaten their education

The change.org petition has been launched by a students at Thomas Bennett Community College and already has over 200 signatures.

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The school has been in the news over the past few months due to the funding cuts by TKAT.

With teachers leaving the school and residents community meetings being held with councillors it has been and continues to be a turbulent time for all associated with the school.

Now some students have taken it upon themselves to launch their own petition aimed it seems at changing the school for the better.

The students say:

“We are Students that are currently attending Thomas Bennett. We are undertaking our GCSE’s and are month’s away from exams. With limited welfare support throughout the school, such as a medical room assistant or a pastoral support assistant for each year we are struggling tremendously with the way the school is run due to low funding.”

The student who has launched also mentions how he emailed the CEO of TKAT raising his concerns but was told it ‘wasn’t in their hands and overall should stop talking about it’.

Whilst the petition does not mention it there is a feel that the aim is to bring the school back into public sector as stated by Crawley Council leader Peter Lamb who has show his support of the petition.

The petition states:

“Over the years Thomas Bennett has struggled with funding, only to which this struggle became increasingly more difficult when the academy, TKAT, took over our school. Profit not students success is what this academies aim is and large group of students including me are ready to do whatever needs to happen for something to change! Whether that’s a whole year walkout or a strike with the whole school. “

It adds:

“A walk out is something TKAT does not want to face especially with media coverage and limited time for year elevens, a whole year will not just get bad qualifications with missed time but will also reflect on the education that is being provided for students by this school run by the academy.”

The very fact that students themselves have now made the decision to make a stand shows how passionately the pupils feels about their educational needs but a viable outcome still seems distant.

A spokesperson from the Kemnal Academies Trust commented,

“We welcome our students’ active involvement in their education and the Trust has been working directly with the students at Thomas Bennett.

Funding is a national issue for Education affecting all schools, with the West Sussex “worth it” movement taking a leading part in the campaign to improve funding for all schools”.

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