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 »
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 »
Resilience is currently a bit of a toxic word currently. The idea that we need to build young people’s resilience to ‘survive’ some of society’s contemporary challenges has hints of ‘victim’ blaming. Living in poverty – toughen up. Experienced trauma… Read More »
An entitlement to enrichment and the extra-curricular underpins much of our work. The notion of ‘passports’ as a method of prompting and supporting a broad range of experiences is a familiar approach. London Challenge – held up as one of… Read More »
Ahead of GCSE results tomorrow a plea. Let’s have the stories of the ‘straight 9s’ – that still doesn’t sound quite right – and credit to those students and their teachers. But let’s not repeat last week’s dearth of tales… Read More »
At face value it has been an encouraging two months in policy terms for those of us interested in a rich and rounded curriculum. Much ‘good news’. The OFSTED ‘leak’ in last week’s Sunday Times (for leak read ‘testing the… Read More »
This list was compiled by attendees at the Cambridgeshire Education Festival 2018. For the background https://everychildshould.uk/flamingo-50/ Attendees were asked about an entitlement of experiences and enrichment activity for every young person. To form a ‘passport’ for every child to adulthood.… Read More »
I am speaking this weekend at the Cambridge Festival of Education, probably the most optimistic education festival in the world! Creating the Flamingo 50 There are 14 fabulous workshops so I suspect I may be in a room with a… Read More »
We are regularly asked why the campaign is called Every Child Should. And the official (and true) answer is because we are leading a debate about entitlement – what is it that every child is entitled to experience, learn and have… Read More »
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.
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 »
Like so many areas being considered through Every Child Should the positive impact of engagement with cultural and heritage education is well evidenced. A positive impact on learning, on health and well-being, on belonging, on career opportunities and on the joy of… Read More »
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 »
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).
“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.
Anita Kerwin-Nye asks ‘was the Children’s Commissioner’s report on vulnerable children the most important of 2017?’ in her teachwire article: Vulnerable Children – Who are They, and How do we Best Offer Support with Scarce Resources?