‘We couldn’t get our adopted son to school’

The pressures of school life can be tough for a lot of kids, but for a child who’s experienced abuse, neglect and years in care, the strain can be even greater.When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special educational needs were not immediately apparent. Ryan is smart, bright and eager… Continue reading ‘We couldn’t get our adopted son to school’

I was an idiot, says excluded boy looking back

Image copyright The Limes As the number of pupils being permanently excluded from England’s schools has risen by a third over three years, Ben, who was expelled at 13, tells his story in his own words. Warning: Some of them are a little rude.“I was a little shit back then, when I was younger. “I… Continue reading I was an idiot, says excluded boy looking back

Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher

Are children turning to pornography to educate themselves about sex? Are boys coercing girls to do things they later regret? A 24-year-old secondary school teacher tells the BBC she’s shocked by the stories she hears from her teenage pupils. Warning: This personal account contains some frank language.“The language boys use to discuss sex and sexual… Continue reading Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher

Talking to children about sex and relationships

Social media and the ease of access to explicit material on the web means the tricky topic of sex is even more of a minefield for parents. Last week, a 24-year-old teacher’s concerns about teenagers’ sexual activity highlighted the need for parents to engage with their children – so what’s the best approach?Tolerate the awkwardness… Continue reading Talking to children about sex and relationships

‘I didn’t say no, but I regret that’

A 24-year-old secondary school teacher told the BBC she was shocked by the stories she heard from teenage pupils about their sexual activity. Her frank account prompted many readers to share their concerns. Catherine: I’m shocked by what I read. The exact thing happened to my 15-year-old daughter two years ago. The teacher could be… Continue reading ‘I didn’t say no, but I regret that’

Davis Cup is not fan friendly says GB captain Leon Smith

‘This is chaos!’ 3 v 1 at Davis Cup Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith says the competition’s format is not “fan or player friendly”.Reforms were endorsed in March to reduce the current five-set format to three sets played over two days.GB’s Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund both played best-of-three sets in their singles… Continue reading Davis Cup is not fan friendly says GB captain Leon Smith

Captain Smith positive despite GB Davis Cup defeat

Leon Smith took over as Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain in 2010. Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith says his squad “lack depth” but remained positive about their progress despite defeat in the quarter-finals.Britain – without world number one Andy Murray – were knocked out by France on Saturday, going down 3-0 in Rouen.It… Continue reading Captain Smith positive despite GB Davis Cup defeat