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Topical Tuesdays: A Firm Hand - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 21 April, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab resigned after an official inquiry into his behaviour at work supported two claims of bullying against him. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.


After an in-depth investigation upheld complaints about his behaviour, Mr Raab’s letter of apology suggested that it is hard to get things done without a degree of bullying. Isn’t it true that good leadership always involves putting serious pressure on your team? Or is it quite possible to be an effective leader without upsetting people? If we expect children not to use bullying behaviour, shouldn’t we hold adults to the same standard? What do you think?

Writing skills

Sometimes, we all find it hard to control our big feelings when we’re struggling to work to a high enough standard. Create a detailed list of helpful things people can do to avoid losing their tempers when they’re feeling stressed.


How should you write a genuine letter of apology? Write a set of instructions to guide people in how to say sorry on paper in a way that shows they mean it.


What is mindfulness? Write a brief explanation about what this technique involves and how it can help people.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download in our Topical Tuesdays collection.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to The Week Junior website.

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