Sixty seven years ago today, migration was still in the news. However, the event that started the debate in June 1948, was the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush. The boat, which docked at Tilbury Harbour in Essex, carried some 492 migrants, mostly Jamaican and Trinidadian men, who had fought in the war. They came on the invitation of the British government. Workers then came from other West Indian islands, over the next 14 years, which helped to rebuild the UK after the Second World War, forever changing the social history of the UK. These migrants were known as the ‘Windrush generation’.
Many from Jamaica as well as Dominica, settled in Bradford primarily in the Heaton and West Bowling areas of the city. They worked in the mills and factories of Bradford. Many also worked in the city’s hospitals as well as the railways. It was estimated by 1961, some 170,000 West Indians lived in the UK.
The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, made a historic trip to a school in London’s East End yesterday, with a simple message – ‘Education is the key to success’.
Her triumphant visit to the Mulberry School For Girls, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, where the majority of the students are of Bangladeshi origin, featured an emotional speech, where she spoke about her own upbringing on the tough streets of South Chicago. Her parents, she said, encouraged her to work hard. Tower Hamlets is one of the poorest boroughs in London.
The wife of the 44th president of the United States was promoting her ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative, which aims to encourage educational access for girls, in the developing world.
Lead Officer for the Family Learning Service, Sarah Odor, writes:
It is that time of year again and our new Family Learning Service prospectus for 2015-2016 is now available (click on picture). We hope that you are keen to book in courses for the new academic year.
We have made a number of changes to the courses on offer this year and hopefully there will be something for everyone, so please take the time to study the new prospectus and make your choices early.
The vast majority of courses continue to be available free of charge as long as learners meet the eligibility criteria for our funding (as outlined on page 7 of the prospectus). We have also introduced a pricing structure allowing schools to invest in Family Learning via the pupil premium for those parents and carers who may have previously been excluded due to our funding restrictions.
The Family Learning team look forward to working with you again in the new school year and we hope 2015-2016 will be successful and enjoyable for us all. We look forward to receiving your application form.
Updated warnings for families and children have been released on so called ‘Sexting’, where explicit pictures are sent between children /teenagers via social media. Child protection officers say that it is on the rise, with one case being investigated each day in the UK according to the the National Crime Agency. It is claimed that sending explicit or nude pictures amongst teenagers happens more frequently and at a younger age, than was once thought.
Once pictures are on the internet, they can be shown permanently.
Childline, The Think u Know website, together with the Child Exploitation Online and Protection Service (CEOPS) have updated their advice about ‘Sexting’.
We’ll launch it at the beginning of next week, rather than at the end of this one. This also gives us the opportunity to get it right, first time. So Monday afternoon it will be here, in all its glory – promise!
The Family Learning Service aims to support and develop positive relationships between mums, dads, carers and their children, as well as between schools and centres that we serve.
‘Research shows that Family Learning could increase the overall level of childrens development by as much as 15 percentage points for those from disadvantaged groups’ – NIACE
The Family Leaning Service celebrated exam success with learners this autumn. Seventy learners, from venues across the Bradford district, came together in Manningham to collect awards presented this year by Imran Hafeez, the manager of the Bradford Literacy Hub.Learners were also inspired by Imran’s moving and thought provoking poetry. Additionally, they made historical jigsaws, created their own rap songs
and dressed in period costumes in keeping with the theme of ‘Learning from the Past’.