The value of education beyond exams

25 April 2019

How should a school be judged?

Many would say its capacity to produce good exam results.

Exam grades do at least offer a standard point of comparison from which different schools can be reviewed and ranked.

For parents, why would you not want your child being taught somewhere that has a proven track-record? After all decent university places and graduate schemes demand proven results.

So it is understandable that exam results have been seen as the key...

How can we help this country’s children become happier?

18 March 2019

Back in 2016 The Guardian[1] cited the following reasons as responsible for the impressive progress recorded in tackling past high levels of teenage pregnancies in this country: “political support at all levels, long-term commitment and changes to social norms”.

Success achieved in combatting underage drinking and drug use has also benefitted from steadfast, cross party-political support[2]. The reduced prevalence of smoking among children and young people too, with NHS Digital data...

What do we really know about levels of homelessness in this country?

18 February 2019
Outreach work in the city of Birmingham has shown me that the effects of homelessness are malignant and often rapid.

When volunteering in a frontline organisation to provide food, support and advice to the homeless population, it became clear to me that those issues which may have led to homelessness tend to immediately worsen once an individual finds themselves in such circumstances. Furthermore, many of those who were healthy upon becoming homeless quickly began to...

Guest Blog: Brian Holman, Manager of Cambridge Cyrenians

29 October 2018
Guest blog: Brian Holman, Manager of Cambridge Cyrenians

Cambridge Cyrenians is a local charity which has been providing accommodation and support to homeless men and women for 50 years. We currently offer 101 bed spaces across 20 different schemes. This includes specialist accommodation for ex-offenders and women only accommodation. In addition we have a Registered Mental Nurse on the staff team to support the many residents with mental health issues, we provide...

Guest Blog: Undertaking a cost benefit analysis of Place2Be’s one-to-one counselling by Sarah Golden, Head of Evaluation, Place2Be

21 May 2018
Guest Blog: Undertaking a cost benefit analysis of Place2Be’s one-to-one counselling by Sarah Golden, Head of Evaluation, Place2Be A gap in our evidence

Place2Be is a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. We currently provide mental health support in 286 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, reaching...

Guest Blog: Evaluating the value of our Speech Bubbles programme by Adam Annand, London Bubble Theatre Company

12 April 2018

Our Speech Bubbles programme delivers drama lessons in primary schools aimed at improving children’s communications skills, confidence and wellbeing. We know different things about our Speech Bubbles programme and the different things we know we know in different ways. There has been a process of discovery that has improved our knowledge and led to significant developments in the programme. What follows is a brief story of what led us to carry out a value for money...