A dangerous lesson should put us on red alert

Judy Jackson

There are so many risks to children as they grow that it seems criminal to be reducing the level of awareness of things going wrong for them. Children from poorer backgrounds need breakfast and after-school clubs. Children from any background may need a responsible adult to notice that something is not right.

I have taught for many years in young offenders' institutions and prisons. Few prisoners set out to become criminals. Most drifted into crime after things went wrong at home or they played up at school. If the new policy lays the stress on achievement without considering the other things in a child's life, how is the child going to be able to achieve if something goes wrong?

Judy Jackson, Education manager, Isle of Man Prison.

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Judy Jackson

Latest stories

Schools need to be ready for any blame pushed onto teachers by unhappy pupils

GCSE results day 2021: How to handle TAG unhappiness

What should a teacher do if a student blames them for not getting the GCSE grade they think they deserve this year? Tes rounds up advice for those preparing for that possibility
Grainne Hallahan 5 Aug 2021
Teacher assessed grades, TAGs, results day 2021

SQA results day 2021: how we got here

It’s been a frenetic year – with exams were cancelled and the SQA due to be replaced – so here’s a recap of events on the road to results day
Emma Seith 5 Aug 2021