MPs draw up a 'bucket list' for schoolchildren

Damian Hinds

Education secretary Damian Hinds. Image: Getty

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Schoolchildren will be encouraged to climb trees, stargaze and learn to ride a horse under a new 'bucket list' initiative being drawn up by MPs.

The education secretary Damian Hinds is due to publish a list of extra-curricular activities for schoolchildren to achieve every year in an effort to build the resilience of youngsters.

Activities on the list could include exploring a cave, growing vegetables, finding frog spawn and visiting a place of worship.


Mr Hinds told the i newspaper that the initiative was about "doing stuff that doesn't involve looking at a screen".

He said he was inspired during a visit to a Bristol primary school, where pupils were given a "passport" of enrichment activities.

Between arrival in reception and leaving in year six, pupils at the school were given 15 goals to achieve each year.

Mr Hinds added that formal qualifications "are obviously not the only thing" and it was important to teach children how to "bounce back from the knocks that inevitably come to all of us".