Telling classmates about your weekend has been a traditional start to the school week for generations. But the innocent activity is set to be barred by a council which says it risks stigmatising underprivileged children who might not have done anything during their two days off.
The idea, dismissed as political correctness in overdrive, is being adopted by Brighton and Hove Council as part of a programme called Poverty Proofing The School Day.
Aiming to ‘minimise the barriers to learning’, the £150,000 two-year scheme is run by Children North East, a charity that works with local authorities across the country.
Along with measures to ensure pupils have access to cheap uniforms, the scheme focuses on issues that ‘could be seen to negatively impact on young people living in poverty’.
Aiming to ‘minimise the barriers to learning’, the £150,000 two-year scheme is run by Children North East, a charity that works with local authorities across the country (stock image)
These include ‘Circle Time about what you did at the weekend’ and other activities that risk some pupils having to admit: ‘I haven’t done anything.’ Educationalists and politicians criticised the scheme, saying schools that tried to shield pupils from reality were failing to teach them valuable life lessons.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘Schools need to be sensitive towards those of more limited means when it comes to organising trips and activities that may be out of the reach of some families. They shouldn’t assume that everyone will be able to afford them. But it