So it’s official, according to the weather gods we have had the worst summer for several years.
Those of us who thought this year would be a perfect ‘staycation’ were sadly disappointed.
Just give a thought for those who rely on the British summer to give them a living!
Our young ones are now back to school, which will mean some good sunny days are on the way.
Surely it must be time to think about changing the way we take our summer breaks and maybe change the educational term times around a bit?
Do schools and colleges really need a six-week break? Why not make it two by three weeks or three by two weeks?
Term time is short enough – they are back now and in just a few short weeks they will break for half term!
Which brings me onto another rather weird idea of ‘staff training’ for teachers.
So when was it decided to carry out this training, and what time of the year does it happen? Yes, you got it, just as the term begins!
Which means the schools are closed to students for another couple of days at least.
Tell me why teachers cannot have their training during the six-week period, while the schools are closed?
We are told that parents who take their children away from school during term time for a holiday, or when students are absent for more than a couple of days, that the parents could be liable for a fine. Is this fair?
As many of us are struggling to make ends meet, controlling our children is becoming harder and harder.
Surely a school taking a parent to court is going to bring about some serious resentment.
My next question is, are youngsters being forced to stay at schools and made to go to higher education for all the wrong reasons?
A few years ago, for a very short time, I worked as a teacher and realised quite early on that I was dealing with people who really did not want to be there.
When I was at school, you could leave at the age of 14.
These days that sounds very young, but it gave youngsters the opportunity to take responsibility for their lives, get a job or take an apprenticeship.
When it looked like unemployment was imminent and the population of the UK started to grow, the government of the day brought in a higher age for school leavers in order to keep the unemployment figures down.
Despite all the best efforts in the world and certainly over the past decade, youth unemployment in this country has been extremely high.
More and more students are going to university and taking on useless degrees – why?
Just to keep them in higher education and away from the dole queues and the real world!
If you have ever had the misfortune to suffer from cancer, or know someone who is suffering, then you will know how important support means.
In my opinion no one does it better than Macmillan Cancer Support.
Macmillan offers nurses and therapists to help you through treatment.
Founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan, Macmillan Cancer Support has grown to become the largest cancer care and support charity in the UK.
On Friday, September 25, you have the opportunity to do your bit in order to keep the charity going by holding the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and help Macmillan be there for more people affected by cancer.
All you need to do is invite all your friends around to your place for a nice cuppa and a chat.
They will have to pay you a few bob for the privilege of your company, and maybe you will hold a raffle, but you will all know you will be helping this pretty amazing charity.
Last year’s event raised over £25 million.
Remember, more than one in three of us will get cancer.
For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face.
Now, more than ever, Macmillan needs people like you to join the team and help them make sure no one face cancer alone.
You can get involved and make a difference.
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