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We believe society should ensure all children and young people receive the support they need to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. We work towards this belief by articulating a vision for a society which does so, inspiring a desire to pursue it and enabling organisations to achieve it.
Business as (un)usual: How to educate young people with complex needs in a pandemic
Organisations supporting the most vulnerable people have to struggle against many challenges to deliver their services at the best of times. But the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a whole new set of obstacles into the mix. Quick and innovative thinking is now more importantl than ever to ensure the communities they serve continue don’t become…
Business as (un)usual: How resilience can help us to cope with the new normal
We have all been through a tough couple of months since the UK went into lockdown. Whether Covid-19 has directly affected you, or you have been fearing that it will, levels of stress and anxiety have been high across the board. According to the ONS, three quarters of adults Great Britain are still ‘very or…
Why we need Youth Social Action projects this summer
Last week, we launched a report on summer schools, summarising the evidence base and highlighting some school leaders’ views on whether summer schools could support students after lockdown. Recently, I’ve been drawing from my experiences both as a youth worker and a researcher to consider whether Youth Social Action (YSA) programmes could be a useful…
Periods Don’t Stop for Pandemics
Efforts to tackle period poverty during the pandemic must continue. Girls have been struggling to access products like tampons and pads during lockdown and do not know where they can get hold of them for free. Whilst the Department for Education’s free period product scheme is continuing, there are challenges to delivering it. The DfE…
Can summer schools help disadvantaged pupils bounce back from Covid?
Don’t count on summer schools to undo impact of Coronavirus lockdown School leaders across the country are considering whether to deliver summer schools in the hope that they could help pupils bounce back from lockdown. However, schools planning summer activities to tackle the widening of the attainment gap caused by the coronavirus lockdown shouldn’t expect…
CfEY welcomes two new Directors to our board
We are delighted to welcome two new Non-Exec Directors to our board: Hardip Begol CBE and Sara Selvarajah. Hardip Begol CBE Hardip spent two decades at the Department for Education, where his roles as a senior civil servant included responsibility for special educational needs and disability; reform of curriculum, qualifications and accountability; and independent education,…