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Every now and then, I think about writing a satirical column on education, but before I get round to it, the world has proved that my most extreme ideas are too tame.

On 17 September 2015, the Scottish Parliament passed the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. The public gallery was packed with Deaf BSL users, many of whom had been banned from signing as children and forced to lip read. It had been a long, hard battle and it was difficult for many to hold back the tears and keep their emotions at bay.

A unique role to improve outcomes for children

By Koulla Yiasouma |

01 March 2016

As I come to the end of my first year of my four-year term as Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY), I have reflected on the challenges and joys of this unique role.

We must help children to conquer today's challenges

By Sally Holland |

16 February 2016

The children and young people of Wales have given me some strong messages about what I should prioritise in my strategic plan for 2016-19, with bullying, play and leisure, safety and helping those in poverty all emerging as important.

UK must commit to a ban on physical punishment

By Tam Baillie |

02 February 2016

It comes as no surprise to learn that study after study into physical punishment of children concludes that it does more harm than good.

Give children a break and put play back on the map

By Anne Longfield |

19 January 2016

A recent Childline report should be of concern to us all.

Children must be given a say in future policy debates

By Koulla Yiasouma |

05 January 2016

Children must be given a say in future policy debates

By Koulla Yiasouma |

05 January 2016

The UK government is being examined by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on how it is implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

We must afford children same protection as adults

By Sally Holland |

08 December 2015

So now we know for certain about the money.