Welcome to our BBC School Report 2019 section of our website. This years school report will be on Wednesday 6th March 2019.
Keep checking back on this page for regular updates from our reporters on this day.
Oscar Saxelby Lee is a five year old boy who is sadly suffering from severe leukaemia. People have been going to Pitmaston Primary School, in Worcester to help him survive.
Local people around Worcester decided that they would come and help find his match. The tests ran from 09.00-15.00 on 2 and 3 of March and 4,855 people attended to get their mouth swabbed to see if they are the right match for Oscar. These stem cells have been taken in and will also help other people suffering. His parents Ms Saxelby and Mr Lee are not strong enough stem cell matches for Oscar. Oscar’s primary school Pitmaston has been fundraising for him and his parents. They have raised £5,000 to help support his parents look after him.
My mum went and got her mouth swabbed to help Oscar.
Oscar needs a donor quickly because he is sadly dying, the stem cells will help see if they are a match so there isn’t any risk of hurting or damaging Oscar. People have also been helping by sending their swabs over to help the search of a match that is desperately needed.
Oscar's parents have been left overwhelmed by the thousands of people who have tried to see if they can match his stem cell. Mum Olivia Saxelby, 23, who has been at her son's bedside "all the time", expressed her thanks on Facebook. After what she described as an "emotional few days" she said: "Love to everyone involved". And Oscar's dad Jamie Lee appeared to highlight that he's hoping for the best on his social media page.
Oscar needs to have a match in 2-3 months to help his chance of living increase, but after that time he may or may not be in serious danger. If a match cannot be found then the cells of Mr Lee will be used but his family said that carried certain "risks" due to the fact they aren’t a match, but it may help his life expectancy.
I wish Oscar luck with this and hope the results come out positive to give him the best chance of a life.
Celebrity obsession is a serious concern for society in modern day times. It’s so serious that there is a condition called celebrity worship syndrome. It has been described as an obsessive, addictive disorder where an individual becomes overly interested with the personal life of a celebrity. There are different conditions people can have which make them obsessed with a celebrity for example:
This is when a person believes the celebrity (person with higher status) is in love with them. Although there are very little people with this condition, they are considered delusional because it’s not based on reality. It can make them want to see them and talk about them so they can be together.
Simple obsession is not as serious as other conditions but it still includes stalking. Stalking is a scary obsession which includes people following, finding celebrity’s locations and personal details to find them and where they live or where they’re going.
Not only that, but fans also get tattoos of the celebrity faces/song lyrics. They believe these tattoos can be a meaningful way to show their appreciation and gratitude and that they connect with the celebrity on a personal and emotional level. But people can also be influenced by psychics which assure them that they will have some sort of relationship with the celebrity after getting the tattoo.
Overall I believe that Celebrity obsession is a much bigger problem than we think this is due to the fact that there are so many different conditions and so many that we don’t know of. By saying this, there are one in three people that are obsessed with someone in the public eye and one in four that is so obsessed with their idol that it affects their daily life. Many of these people can be very dangerous and invade celebrity’s lives and families and unfortunately they never know when to stop and some go to their family’s funerals or christenings. I believe celebrities need privacy as much as we do and when people violate that it is seen as disrespectful.
I love politics, despite the turmoil it is in right now. If anything, it makes me more inclined to be involved in the decision-making – I feel so passionate about it that being a politician seems like the ideal job.
However, I only know about politics because of my somewhat inquisitive nature – lessons about the political system are lacklustre, to say the least. The teacher seems less clued up than me, and sounds just as bored as the pupils. It saddens me – we could really improve the way everyone (not just young people) perceives politics.
The voting turnout for the 2017 general election was 68%. That means 32% of people eligible to vote didn’t. With the right education, this could have changed. It is even worse what it comes to young people’s attitudes towards voting – 60% claim they will not go to the polling booth. And the major reason?
They don’t know enough about politics.
The stereotypes for young people are that they are lazy; maybe it is our peers who cause this. After all, our engagement towards subjects stems from the adults who we grow up with. How could we educate the public about politics, I hear you ask? Well, school isn’t the only answer – after all, you must get the teachers interested first. Admittedly, we could show a series of engaging videos and run workshops with students, but would we really take anything out of that lesson? Would we transfer our learning to the ballot box? No, probably not.
We need to exploit what today’s youth have grown up with – social media. By changing MP’s Instagram feed from constituency meetings to images with young people expressing their opinions and by adding a vibrant Snapchat story created by UK Parliament, for example, we could revolutionise politics.
When I was discussing, heaven forbid, politics with my friends, they claimed it was full of old, Tory men who only care about Brexit. No! Politics is about changing our society, and the only way that can happen is if we embrace 2019 culture.
County lines is when gangs and organised crime groups exploit children to sell drugs. These children are often made to travel across counties, and use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs all over the country.
Children, as young as 11, are being put in danger by criminals that take advantage of their vulnerability. Most children involved are homeless, living in care homes or trapped in poverty. These children struggle to cope, and may feel unloved, so gangs take advantage of this.
Exploiters often use violence to threaten young people when recruiting, they also use sexual exploitation, often forced into relationships with gang members. They may threaten the young person physically, or their families. They may offer rewards for trafficking the drugs, such as food, money, clothes, alcohol, jewellery or improved status, but these gifts will usually be manipulated so that the child feels in debt to their exploiter.
These children then become trapped in gang culture, and cannot leave for fear of their lives, or their families lives.
Something else that can happen is cuckooing. This is drug gangs take over the home of a vulnerable person through violence and intimidation, using it as their base for selling/manufacturing drugs.
The exploitation of the young and vulnerable must be stopped.
If you know a young person who may be in danger please call 999, and if you have non-urgent information for the police, contact Crimestoppers at
0800 555 111
By Maisie Fox 9ZH
Insecurities. A word that we can all relate to, but we don’t like to admit. Everyone has something about them that isn’t perfect, or exactly the way they want it to be.
In modern society, young people feel under pressure to look perfect, as photos are edited so the model looks like a Barbie doll of sorts, tiny waist, skin so flawless it looks almost plastic, ears tiny and so high up her head it looks humanly impossible, putting ideas into the public’s head that this is how they are supposed to look, although even the supermodel on the cover doesn’t actually look like that. This is a battle young people deal with every day. A battle against Photoshop. A battle for self-esteem.
You could choose to be yourself, or stare at your reflection, seeing something you don’t like, wishing you could change it. The people who choose to be themselves are looked at as inspiring, yet it is so difficult to take a step in that direction. To some, that feels like you have lost the war against yourself. Accepting yourself for who you truly are and what you look like is so difficult, especially in this modern world.
Technology has come such a long way, that now, no one really knows the truth anymore. No one knows the real from the fake. The way the ideal figure has changed is astonishing, but that is beginning to change as well.
Magazines are constantly being criticised for their use of Photoshop, and now they are starting to make changes. They are using more realistic, natural images, making it more relatable for the consumer. This makes it simpler and easier for the younger generation to accept themselves for who they really are.
Many people believe that the only reason the changes were made was because of the amount of pressure being put on the media to adapt , whilst others believe that they have been making gradual changes over the last few years. Changes have been made, but further changes are needed to aid the movement.
The political party the Liberal Democrats say: “Airbrushed photographs should be banned in material targeted at under-16s in order to protect their health and self-esteem’ An MP from the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, claims that this would make the images young people are exposed to more realistic. She also adds that her plans do not extend to the removal of spots and stray hairs because that is not altering the body itself.
The media should start to accept the changes and movements in peoples perception, and adapt to that. People are becoming increasingly accepting of themselves, as they are beginning to realise that these images are not realistic. As the media has so much power over our society, it needs to push the movement forwards.
Changes can be made to raise awareness about the movement , and inch us closer to full self acceptance.
On 4th March 2019, Virgin Atlantic revealed they were ditching the requirement for female cabin crew to wear make-up and they will automatically provide them with trousers. This may seem like a great step for feminism – but in reality, it’s not far enough.
Amid celebration for the statement, which claimed it was a ‘significant change’, the appalling facts were pushed aside – are we forgetting the gender pay gap for the giant company or the fact that they have only just removed the rule which should have happened donkey’s years ago?
That’s right – the women’s mean hourly rate is 58.9% lower than men’s – yet we still believe this move makes the company a promoter of equal rights? For years, their uniform code has meant female cabin crew employees haven’t been treated like their job is to look after passenger’s safety – it was to hand out the snacks, like the stereotypes they should be striving to erase.
The vice president for Virgin Atlantic, Mark Anderson, claimed, “We want our uniform to truly reflect who we are as individuals while maintaining that famous Virgin Atlantic style. Helping people to be themselves is core to our desire to be the most loved travel company.”
Despite this, Virgin Atlantic claimed staff were welcome to follow the lipstick and foundation set out in its guidelines. That’s a key word: guidelines. It still recommends female employees wear make-up. Depicting this, we can tell that the whole announcement was just as much as a publicity stunt as an act for equal rights. Anderson did admit that the change came after complaints from workers and not because the airline decided it was time to step into the 21st century.
The company follows budget airlines Ryanair and EasyJet who have ‘relaxed’ uniform rules, but others like British Airways still make female workers wear make-up.