This is an update to blog originally published in 2014 to include new information about UKIPs Christian Soldiers and their influence on ukip education policy.
UKIP have added flesh to their education bone of grammar schools. That it remains emaciated is not a surprise.
A grammar school in every town – apart from the fact that the vast majority of towns and cities already have a grammar school the policy is one that has been shown time and again to fail the poorest but brightest kids.
They also want to scrap sex and relationship education for the under 11’s. Many girls enter puberty before they leave primary school. Your average kipper will say it’s the responsibility of parents and not the education system.
But children are far more receptive to it being taught in a matter of fact way with boys and girls learning about each other in a safe environment. It is important that young children understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and who to go to if something happens that they are uncomfortable with. The sad fact is not all kids have a home life that allows them to discuss these issues, this ensures that all children understand what is happening to their bodies and what is right and wrong. At the same time relationship education is essential in primary schools it helps prevent bullying, helps children to make positive relationships with others, gives children the opportunity to learn in a safe environment.
As this report shows nearly a third of children did not learn about sexual consent in sex education lessons, 43 per cent of children knew the difference between a good and a bad relationship, and one in three did not know, or was unsure, where they could get help if they were sexually assaulted. And the Ukip plan makes it more certain that this will remain the case.
Ukip, so keen to jump on the band wagon of the sex abuse scandal seem, also, to be keen on ensuring some children remain ignorant and suffer in silence.
Ukip seem to have ignored the fact that abuse of young children is not, despite what the press would have is believe, on the whole by strangers but in the home or by one of their peers
One in 20 children (4.8%) have experienced contact sexual abuse.
Over 90% of children who experienced sexual abuse, were abused by someone they knew.
More than one in three children (34%) who experienced contact sexual abuse by an adult did not tell anyone else about it.
Four out of five children (82.7%) who experienced contact sexual abuse from a peer did not tell anyone else about it.
As Chole Hamilton said in the Independent
“It is our responsibility, as adults, to equip children with the skills and information they need to recognise and report abuse. It’s terrifying to think how many primary-school children might have suffered in silence, confused and unsure about whether they should report inappropriate behaviour, unsure even if the behaviour is inappropriate. If we don’t educate children from a young age about the difference between consent and abuse, we are leaving them vulnerable to all sorts of unimaginable horrors.”
Update .. When you engage with kippers on social media it becomes very clear that they are convinced that young children are going to learn about the sex act or horrors of horrors they are going to be turned Gay!
This leaflet was being handed out at the Ukip Spring Conference:
I was challenged by a member of Ukip as to what words, in the above, did I find offensive and then told that I was clearly smearing!
Ukip LGBT wing have had a rough week. They have lost one leader and today issued a statement, on their Face Book regarding the ukip christian soldiers.
In the final part of the statement they are directly at odds with the leadership of the party and the majority of the membership who, like the example below, fear children are going to be taught all about sex and gay sex.
There was no answer to the final question he just blocked me as being unreasonable, the translation being that I asked a question he could not answer.
It’s clear that the ban on SRE in primary schools is pandering to those who have no real idea of what it entails, or are afraid that being homosexual can be taught by lefty liberal teachers with a cultural marxist agenda.
I wrote this blog at the time of the Doncaster Conference where the picture below was taken. Ukip claim they are a board church with many view points, perhaps it is time to stop their policies on SRE being motivated by their membership who occasionally consist of people such as these.
Ukip want only one exam board, this was one of the Michael Gove attempts to destroy education, I guess this is another example of Ukip borrowing politics from other parties and claiming them as their own. Do they have no imagination?
Halt the closure of special schools. I live on an island with no access to special schools, all pupils whatever their ability come to the high school and we provide a tailored education for their needs. This is another policy lifted from the tories in opposition. Inclusion is vitally important for society as well as the individual and Ukip would be advised to do some actual research perhaps starting here.
As for the Ukip Apprenticeship Qualification .. Do they know about BTECs. Yet another example of Ukip reinventing the wheel.
Free degrees for STEM courses and medicine. To do this they want to cut the number and range of humanities courses as well as the numbers going to university. I guess they want an education system just for big business and not for society. One could, also, assume that they don’t want graduates that might question the effect of their policies on wider society.