Effective use of Teaching Assistants

By | March 22, 2018

I was delighted to Chair the Westminster Briefing event on Effective Use of Teaching Assistants. It was great to hear from speakers including Jon Richards at Unison and Katie Harrison from ATL on the value of Teaching Assistants and from… Read More »

Has the extra in extracurricular become exclusive?

By | March 20, 2018

Evidence shows that extra curricula activities make a difference for children and young people, but what happens when the extra-curricular is actually addressing gaps in the curriculum. One of the underpinning principles of Every Child Should is that those who need the skills and experiences of extra-curricular and enrichment activities are often those that have least access.

School Exclusion – the story so far

By | March 14, 2018

The Department for Education have confirmed a review of school exclusions – and Edward Timpson is back to lead it. Education Secretary Damian Hinds has stated that the review has come about due to higher exclusion rates in recent years… Read More »

Guest Blog: 5 reasons why schools should have an Edible Playground

By | March 6, 2018

Edible Playgrounds transform school grounds into vibrant teaching gardens, immersing children into a whole new world of growing and eating healthy, delicious food. With an edible playground at your school, your pupils will benefit from fun, engaging lessons that support the school curriculum, and get excited about their health. Here are five reasons why you should make sure your school is in with a chance of getting a fresh, immersive outdoor learning space.

Every child a bank account?

By | February 6, 2018

As part of our work on Every Child Should we have been talking to young people and those that work with them and reviewing many reports on what children and young people should have achieved and experienced by the time… Read More »

Turning the page for adventure

By | February 6, 2018

Part of our work over 2018 is looking at the importance of outdoor learning and connections to nature for every child. Our own personal experiences as lovers of adventurous activities, combined with the work we have done over the years… Read More »

Creative Schools Symposium

By | November 26, 2017

One of the things about advising on grant making is that you don’t often have a chance to see how the funding decisions translate from paper application into real life practice. It was therefore a particular pleasure to attend the… Read More »

5 Questions for Inclusion

By | November 20, 2017

The work of Whole School SEND is predicated on 3 key principles: That a Review based methodology can help schools and individuals identify areas for development, That there is much good practice and evidence of what works, That developing a… Read More »

Inclusion – someone else’s problem

By | November 20, 2017

Someone somewhere is still illegally excluding children. Someone somewhere is – consciously or not – making their school less attractive to learners with SEND so that they go elsewhere. Someone somewhere decides that pupils with SEND are the first to suffer from budget cuts (hurray to the first school that chooses to cut GCSE physics rather than support for SEND learners).

Children in Need

By | November 20, 2017

“Anyone else watching #childreninneed & wondering why people have to fundraise for things that our most vulnerable children should get from the state?”
Turns out from this throwaway Friday night tweet that – yes – quite a lot of people.

The outdoors – an entitlement

By | November 14, 2017

Anita Kerwin-Nye leads the Every Child Should Campaign and is a key note speaker at the CLOtC conference on 16 November 2017. Ecotherapy. I confess I rolled my eyes at the title. An attempt to medicalise the language attached to… Read More »