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Case Study: Lapage Primary School


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

Blog – DfE’s call for evidence on character education


The Department for Education have launched a call for evidence on developing young people’s character both in and out of school or college.  The work is being developed with the support of their Character Advisory Group, on which a number of #iwill campaign partners sit, including our co-founder and trustee Dame Julia Cleverdon. Watch Ella's short video on the consultation below. We are calling on all #iwill campaign partners to:  Submit evidence to the consultation before the deadline of the 5th July, which demonstrates the value of youth social action for character development and the development [...]

Blog – DfE’s call for evidence on character education2020-09-11T13:48:54+01:00

Case Study: Beanstalk


Beanstalk reflects on their progress since their #iwill pledge A blog from Ginny Lunn, CEO of Beanstalk Beanstalk, a national children’s reading charity, was founded in 1973 by a lady called Susan Belgrave. She was a social activist and saw that children were struggling in her community and she wanted to make a difference. She knew education was so important to give children the best chance in life and a small group of friends started reading with children in primary schools. 45 years later this is still our main focus. However, we have shifted [...]

Case Study: Beanstalk2020-09-11T14:26:43+01:00

Report: Socio-economic advantage and volunteering in adolescence


New research has found that schools play a key role in creating volunteering opportunities for young people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Given the ever increasing focus on widening participation in volunteering to include under-represented groups, this research suggests that organisations seeking to increase youth engagement in voluntary activities of all types should focus their energies through schools. There is a stable relationship between social class and engagement in volunteering among adults in the UK and elsewhere. Qualitative research has sought to understand how this is established in childhood, but little empirical evidence exists to explain when and how the engagement gap [...]

Report: Socio-economic advantage and volunteering in adolescence2020-10-12T17:12:48+01:00

The tide is turning – encouraging trends from school teachers revealed


An insight from our Associate Director of Education Kerri Hall Let me start by saying thank you to all of the inspiring #iwill partners who have made my transition back to the Step Up To Serve team after maternity leave so immensely invigorating! Having joined the campaign team back in 2014, just a few months after its launch, I have had the privilege to see the evidence on what we know works in youth social action develop into, what is now, a robust narrative of not only why youth social action matters so much for young people and communities, but also [...]

The tide is turning – encouraging trends from school teachers revealed2020-09-11T14:37:45+01:00

10/10 for Green Tree Schools Award


An educational initiative which encourages teachers to take the classroom outdoors and connect children with woods and wildlife has signed up its 10,000th school. The Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Award, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, sees schools gain points for completing activities, progressing through bronze, silver and gold levels until they reach the prestigious platinum title. Woodland Trust Schools and Communities Engagement Manager Karen Letten said: “It’s fantastic that so many schools want to engage with nature and instill a passion for the environment in their children. “Outdoor learning has been shown to improve pupil engagement with many youngsters [...]

10/10 for Green Tree Schools Award2020-09-11T14:39:19+01:00

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