A Free Pass for Families

By | October 22, 2019

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 »

Family Friendly Venues

By | October 22, 2019

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 »

Every Child Should be Resilient

By | June 5, 2019

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 »

Princely Manhood and Character

By | May 30, 2019

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 »

Why the outdoors

By | October 8, 2018

We are still unpacking into our new home. And have just got to the box of pictures to put on the walls. As we started to unwrap the bubble wrap new eyes saw something we hadn’t realised before. Every family… Read More »

An ‘A’ ain’t all that!

By | August 22, 2018

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 »

Why Outdoor Learning

By | July 31, 2018

People seem to know that being outdoors is good. They ‘feel it’. And teachers who have embraced outdoor learning reflect back the impact on both academic success but also wider skills and child well-being. There is a growing body of… Read More »

Flamingo 50 (the results)

By | June 11, 2018

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 »

Flamingo 50

By | June 8, 2018

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 »

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.

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.

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.