Not just for the pandemic My career history has been in the charity and community sector delivering approaches to build capacity in communities considered ‘vulnerable’. Vulnerability – and often associated terms such as disadvantage and resilience – have their challenges… Read More »
It’s devastating to know that over 500,000 young people are missing out on their first residential this year. And as much as parents across the globe have taken on the task of home schooling, it’s safe to say that outdoor learning is going to be a part of the recovery for children and young people as we move back to a more ‘normal’ way of life. In the meantime though, it’s important that we engage them with colourful ideas for planning future adventures, connect them with wildlife and excite them with endless possibilities to explore the world around them.
I listened with interest to the Business as (un)usual: Supporting vulnerable learners through Covid roundtable (#CovidRoundTable). We heard of families pushed to the limits through social distancing, of vulnerable children without the safety net that schools provide and of the… Read More »
Time away from home with your peers – the power of the residential is something I have written on often. I credit residentials at Hindleap Warren with both turning my life around (dodgy kid) and introducing me to a lifelong love of the… Read More »
I love the National Trust. Kids ran riot in several of their properties over the summer (sorry). And I was struck by their inclusion in this pretty sensible list of money saving tips for children’s holiday adventures. Indeed, National Trust… Read More »
As we look at access to cultural capital – to nature, arts, heritage, sports and the broadest range of social and enrichment experiences – we know that many families stand on the periphery. While there are – reasonable and important… Read More »
Five-minute briefing on Hinds’ character consultation Damien Hinds (Secretary of State for Education) launches a consultation on character education In the consultation character is defined as: believing that you can achieve being able to stick with the task in hand… Read More »
The purpose of education. There’s a question. And a route to twitter fisticuffs. Increasingly the answer appears both very narrow and very material – a focus on achieving a set of qualifications and on career pathways and earning power. Even… Read More »
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 »
The strength of consortiums in affecting change is a core principle of Every Child Should. As is the belief that all children should be included in all aspects of education. In her recent piece for Schools Week Anita Kerwin-Nye talks about the change affected by Whole School SEND in the battle for inclusion.