Media Mum

 An interesting thread on Mumsnet in which a mum is a bit miffed that a local nursery brings eight-odd children accompanied by about two helpers to the children's centre stay and play. Would nurseries be allowed to do this in the children's centres you work with? Is it a good thing because it boosts...

CYP Now's predecessor Young People Now launched a campaign called Positive Images, which aimed to remedy the fact that some 70 per cent of press coverage of young people was negative. At the time it was not unheard of for even government press releases to use words like yob when referring to young people,...

I enjoyed writing this feature about how the local authority is working to improve attainment in Tower Hamlets, for a number of reasons: I used to live in the neighbouring borough of Hackney; my sister is a teacher in Tower Hamlets; and a lot of MediaChild's friends will be going to school there next...

David Cameron mentioned the Big Society about ten times in yesterday's party conference speech, so it is clearly still alive and kicking, in his head at least. Today I also read youth worker Jon Jolly on how the Big Society agenda is playing out in West Sussex , with council cuts leading not only to...

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Educating Essex

23 September 2011

I was educated in Essex myself, so had a particular interest in seeing this programme, although I have to say I imagine things are much the same all over the country. Did anyone else watch? If you didn't, then in a sentence: outstanding-rated Passmores school in Harlow let the cameras in to follow the...

Just finished watching Young Voters Question Time on BBC 3 - sadly it's not on iPlayer but it's repeated on Saturday at quarter past midnight if for some reason you are reading this over the weekend, which I very much doubt. The panel included Labour MP Stella Creasy and ex-Young People Now columnist...

How exciting. I see Melody Hossaini, previously participation officer at The National Youth Agency, is to be one of the contestants in the next series of The Apprentice. Melody a trustee and co-founder of the UK Youth Parliament, was a judge in CYP Now predecessor Young People Now's first Positive...

Many have commented that its all got a bit 1980s around here recently what with a Tory, sorry, coalition government, a Royal Wedding, public sector cuts and so on. For me it is even more so as I have moved back to the town I went to school in, which happens to be the "oldest recorded town in Britain",...

It's strange for me to see the younger Miliband elevated to such dizzy heights since he first came to my attention on what was then Young People Now as a new MP heading up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs. He was always friendly to the magazine, and in return we predicted a successful...

That is the question. I am a huge fan of children's centres and our local one does some wonderful things, including a carers and childminders drop in, yoga, toy library, music and movement, breastfeeding advice and a Turkish and Kurdish advice session. But three small things recently have made me wonder...