Monday, 23 January 2017

Should Children Play Contact Rugby? - 12th January 2017

Rugby union and rugby league are the most commonly played collision sports in schools in England. Rugby injury in children is frequent and a significant cause of emergency hospital attendance. Around 20% of children injured whilst playing rugby have been found to have required time off school away from studies. Should we let children play contact rugby at all?

We talk to Professor Allyson Pollock, Tim Simpson who captained England 19 times, Oxford Rugby blue, Will Wilson, women's rugby coach, Gavin Lendon and parent Kathleen Ball (whose son received a concussion injury whilst playing the game).

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Careers Provision In Schools - 8th December 2016

Have you got a child who simply does not know what to do next? Maybe they are unsure how to decide between different career routes? Has the advice been there for them? In this show, we talk to national careers expert, Deirdre Hughes OBE, Susan Smith, who manages career provision at a local secondary school and Liz Sorton, a young person's counsellor.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Talking To Our Children About World Affairs - 10th November 2016

The American election has just occurred and many parents are thinking about how to explain recent events to their children. We talk to the editor of First News (Britain's best newspaper for kids), Nicky Cox, three parents (one in the USA) telling us how their children have responded to recent political events, a representative from child-line and one from the NSPCC.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Grammar Schools - Good Or Bad? - 3rd November 2016

Grammar schools are like Marmite! There has been a great deal of discussion about on the back of the government’s announcement to increase the number of grammar schools in England. How do parents feel about this development? Do we fully understand what this might mean for our children? We are going to speak to an excellent selection of guests to help us understand it. Peter Lilley MP for Harpenden and Hitchin will speak about grammar schools and why the government has taken this decision. Ray Mc Govern, Head Teacher at St George’s school in Harpenden will be sharing his experience and thoughts about grammar schools and finally we will have a panel of parents from the local area to thrash the issue out

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Mental Health In Adolescents - 15th December 2016

Hardly a day goes past without us reading about mental health of children and teens in the news today. There is a reason for that. Research shows that there has been an explosion of mental health issues in children and teens. Two excellent local representatives help us explore this issue in depth. 
On this edition of the Parents’ Show we speak to a young lady and local student Sanyha Aktar who is an outspoken Vlogger and Blogger passionate about improving mental health provision in schools and young mental health in general. Jo Maher from VISTA St Albans talks about the issue and what services are available locally and nationally. Jo shares her thoughts on the current situation.

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