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Solomon

Solomon

Name: Solomon Curtis
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Hastings, East Sussex
Campaign: To change the education system so more life skills are taught

I was always a high academic achiever at school and did well in many subjects. However, I was rarely recognised for my creativity, as the focus seemed to always be on my intelligence.

 

I believe that the education system in the UK is a lot like that everywhere, and that academic achievement is preferred over the teaching of life skills.

 

Changes to the education system have meant more pressure on schools to hit targets, and this means there is sometimes no room for teaching skills which are more relevant to life itself.

 

But as society changes and modernises, the old-fashioned focus on purely achieving the highest grades becomes less relevant. 

 

Through my Fix, I am hoping to change the way schools think about education, and to get them prioritising on the things that may be more important in life, such as engagement with politics, the economy, and relationship and employment advice.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Georgia Berks

Jen McGee

Joshua Matthews

Kayleigh Wilson

Myles Winch-McQuack

Naomi Herron
Abbey Darling

Hastings Academy

Thank you for all your help allowing filming to take place, holding a focus group and for appearing in my broadcast shoot.

November 2014
I’m one of 50 #iwill Ambassadors for the Step Up To Serve campaign, that is aiming to get more young people involved in social action. On Monday 24th November, an event was held in London to mark a year since the campaign’s launch. I was invited to attend the anniversary celebrations. Click here to read more about the event.

 

October 2013

I have received some encouraging feedback on my campaign. Alethia Shiolou from East Sussex said:

 

'Solomon I think you have a very relevant point about life skills being taught in schools. Topics that you have suggested in the curriculum are definitely relevant to everyday life and would be of great help to any school leaver. I commend you, keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to other young people and I think the work that you are doing is fantastic, I wish you every success.'

 

September 2013

I attended the Fixers Road Savvy Forum in London.

It brought together Fixers, politicians, road safety experts and representatives from the emergency services.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker were among those there.

The day was split into two sessions.  In the morning I took part in a workshop, discussing the key road safety issues facing young people today.

In the afternoon, a forum was held where politicians and road safety professionals were given the chance to put questions to a panel of Fixers.  

Conclusions from the event are going to be presented to the Department for Transport in a ‘Fixers Green Paper’ as a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Road Safety Green Paper.

 

Click here for videos, photos or for more information on the campaign.

 

From left to right, Fixer Solomon Curtis, former footballer Gary Lineker and Jodie Knowles-Baker at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum

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