WHY is this nation fixated with chipping away at achievement in a negative manner?
Year after year, when this should be a time to congratulate our youngsters for hard work, people in Government and media “commentators” seize the opportunity to raise the debate about whether the format for exams should change.
There are 365 days in the year, so why choose the one day when youngsters should be praised to take the limelight away from their achievements?
We want to take the opportunity to congratulate, pupils, parents and teachers for the culmination of years of hard work in their GCSE results.
There are many schools that have registered big improvements in pass rates. They will be delighted with the progress they are making and quite rightly.
Obviously, we should not ignore our attainment levels against national averages, because that is a realistic benchmark.
But that is for another day just as is the debate about whether the format should change.
A stand for the ordinary woman
IN A world of size zero and fad diets, Angela Wheeler is striking a note for the ordinary woman.
She will be one of the many faces staring out in a new Debenhams lingerie marketing campaign aimed at the ordinary woman.
They are not the first department store to do so.
And why not? There is far too much pressure on women to conform to the glossy magazine images of what the perfect form should be. And it’s all rubbish.
Angela also has another reason to be proud of what she is doing. She has suffered from Crohns Disease all her life – a debilitating disease that can rob you of all your self-confidence. So being prepared to put yourself in the spotlight in your underwear is a tremendously brave decision.
Well done for making a stand for the ordinary woman.
Well done students
STUDENTS can often come in for a significant amount of criticism in this university city.
But they contribute a lot to the local economy and prosperity of Sheffield, and with the high retention rate of graduates, are valuable to employers.
Today we shine a light on the voluntary work they do. They have helped to transform a classroom for special needs pupils. It is easy to only look at the negative impact they have. But it is important to recognise the positive, too.