Uckfield sewing star Jade Earley has launched a campaign to get skills-based lessons back into the school curriculum.
Jade, 18, from Ridgewood, who was a runner-up in this years BBC TV show The Great British Sewing Bee, says she was diagnosed with dyslexia aged 17 and struggled through her exams but was naturally gifted at sewing.
“Being on the programme taught me some amazing life skills but it also taught me never let anyone tell you you can’t, or you’re not good enough. Everyone can succeed with hard work and determination.”
She adds: “Exams are not for everyone and there are a lot of children out there struggling with today’s curriculum. It’s time to change. It’s time to go back to the way it was where people learned a skill.
“My skill is sewing and it has opened many doors for me and I am proof that having a skill and working hard really does pay off.”
Jade, who attended Uckfield Community Technology College and then moved to Sussex Downs College at Lewes to study art and design at A-Level, launched a petition yesterday in support of her campaign and has more than 700 supporters so far.
Jade’s mother Nyree Earley said: “I totally support Jade on this campaign. The government needs to understand we are not all the same. Everybody has a gift and everybody deserves a chance to shine. It worked years ago and it can work now. Having a skill can take you anywhere you want to go. Some kids do not cope well under exam pressure so why can’t they choose a skill.”
Sign Jade’s petition here.
Read more about Jade’s success on the Sewing Bee: Congratulations to Jade – a great runner-up on Sewing Bee.