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Schools’ Post-Pandemic Recovery

2021-01-13T17:10:12+00:00

Schools’ Recovery Cannot Be Limited to a ‘Catch-Up Curriculum’ 13 January 2021 As schools adjust to another lockdown, many are considering what this will mean for young people’s education as we start to recover as a society. In this blog Hannah Breeze from RSA argues that for schools, there will be much to do in terms of ‘catch-up’, but this should not be simply restricted to academic learning. There is a need to develop a much wider recovery curriculum that places equal emphasis on rebuilding relationships and community belonging alongside academic catch-up. Teachers have [...]

Schools’ Post-Pandemic Recovery2021-01-13T17:10:12+00:00

Ormiston Academies Trust

2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

#iwill Impact in OAT Since 2018 Ormiston Academies Trust has been taking part in the #iwill campaign, encouraging all our students to take part in social action. Our academies all took up the challenge to organise their own youth social action project and the variety they have presented are all truly unique and meaningful. They have organised community day events, launched Eco awareness projects, landscaped community gardens, turned their fingers to green in their school kitchen gardens, promoted wellbeing spaces and so much more. As a Trust we eventually want to fully embed enrichment activities surrounding social action into [...]

Ormiston Academies Trust2020-11-25T12:19:06+00:00

#iwill Ambassador story: From volunteer to career

2020-09-11T11:57:19+01:00

"My first job interview for an apprenticeship, I had no 'work experience' whatsoever..." Patrick Cantellow became an #iwill Ambassador in 2016, following his work with  NCS and Swale Young People. He is now Chair of Youth Employment UK’s Youth Board. Here, Patrick speaks to Youth Employment UK about how his social action journey has given him the skills, connections and inspiration to build his career. Interview You are a great ambassador for social action having started quite young, can you tell me about the types of activity and organisations you have been [...]

#iwill Ambassador story: From volunteer to career2020-09-11T11:57:19+01:00

The slow road back to classrooms- #iwill Ambassador reflections

2020-09-11T11:57:04+01:00

"School is not just where we learn, it is where we socialise, play and grow as young people...." The aim is that all children will be back in their classrooms by September. Even then, social distancing may make school a very different place than it was before and pupils may struggle to adjust or catch up after so long at home. Issues of student wellbeing will need to be high priority, as will a rising disparity between students from wealthier and poorer backgrounds.  In this blog, we hear from #iwill Ambassadors on their perspectives on going [...]

The slow road back to classrooms- #iwill Ambassador reflections2020-09-11T11:57:04+01:00

How can we transform education? Saeed Atcha speaks to Big Change

2020-09-11T12:02:45+01:00

"We can solve some of society’s greatest problems by empowering young people..." #iwill Ambassador Saeed Atcha MBE, 23, is CEO of youth charity Youth Leads. Here, he is interviewed by Big Change, a youth education charity committed to an education system that gives young people what they need to thrive.  Why are you so passionate about the role of young people in society? We can solve some of society’s greatest problems by empowering young people. We don’t need to give young people a voice. Young people have always got the voice, it’s about amplifying it. Young [...]

How can we transform education? Saeed Atcha speaks to Big Change2020-09-11T12:02:45+01:00

Loneliness Awareness Week: Blog

2020-09-11T12:03:12+01:00

Loneliness Awareness Week: What has loneliness got to do with young people? Young people are often considered to be super social - to be out and about with friends more than other groups in society. But in fact, studies have shown that young people report being lonely more than any other group. This can only be increased by the current pandemic, as young people are isolated from schoolmates, family members and friends - with most contact happening through a screen. So what can be done to support young people, and how are young people themselves taking [...]

Loneliness Awareness Week: Blog2020-09-11T12:03:12+01:00

Free Nature Resources for Schools: Let your ideas run wild!

2020-09-11T12:53:38+01:00

#iwill teams up with Eden Project Communities to launch free resources for primary schools The resources provide fun, creative and simple ways for teachers to introduce pupils to the natural world and their role in preserving it. Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow. They have the energy, skills and ideas to change society and the environment for the better today.  We’ve teamed up with Eden Project Communities to help make it easier for you and your pupils to get involved in environmental youth social [...]

Free Nature Resources for Schools: Let your ideas run wild!2020-09-11T12:53:38+01:00

Blog: Guidance on character education

2020-09-11T12:54:39+01:00

How new guidance will support schools to develop character Ella Cohen reflects on new guidance launched by the Department for Education, shaped by the input of #iwill partners. The guidance includes a focus on "volunteering and service to others". As Senior Education Officer it has been a real pleasure to work with partners from across the #iwill campaign on the Character Education policy agenda this year. Character Education focuses on developing ‘rounded’ young people who are encouraged to be active, resilient citizens and celebrates the importance of nurturing skills outside of academia for success in life. [...]

Blog: Guidance on character education2020-09-11T12:54:39+01:00

Case Study: Lapage Primary School

2020-09-11T13:07:17+01:00

Making youth social action part of school culture Lapage Primary School write about their experience prioritising youth social action in education by embedding it into their day-to-day. Our social action project began with our vision to promote active citizenship, as part of our school improvement plan of 2017-2018. From this we developed a plan for what meaningful active citizenship would look like in the school. We used this in consultations with middle leaders, senior leaders, parents/carers, governors and students. The result was a project that linked each year group to [...]

Case Study: Lapage Primary School2020-09-11T13:07:17+01:00

BBC Bitesize spotlights #iwill Ambassadors

2020-09-11T13:08:33+01:00

BBC Bitesize highlight the power of youth social action in collaboration with #iwill Ambassadors BBC Bitesize is telling the stories of #iwill Ambassadors Dara, Billie, Bradley and Sophia to help other young people understand the incredible transformative power of social action - not only for the communities and people the action helps, but also on the young people taking action themselves. We've been working with BBC Bitesize over the last few months to bring to life some of the incredible stories and experiences of our #iwill Ambassadors, as part of their wider [...]

BBC Bitesize spotlights #iwill Ambassadors2020-09-11T13:08:33+01:00

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