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Education is at the heart of everything we do and so we watched the Autumn 2018 Budget closely. As expected, education funding was discussed. We also heard about other issues our work covers – employability, apprenticeships and young people’s mental health.

Did you know that by 12 months old some babies demonstrate attempts to soothe people who seem distressed[1]? Yet a survey by YouGov reported that 51% of people think empathy has declined in the UK[2].

With the summer holidays upon us, The Year of Engineering is keeping up its 12 month campaign of activity, making sure children have STEM front of mind even when school is out ...

What a year it’s been for Shell’s STEM schools’ competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge! Having invited students aged 11-14 to devise innovative energy solutions to power cities of the future, we received over 350 entries from all corners of Great Britain and our judges had the tough job of whittling them down to just eight regional winners and five finalists ...

Yesterday we held our annual breakfast seminar to discuss how education can be a force for change and drive reputation, social impact and deliver purpose for an organisation.

Facilitated by Martin Wright, writer and futurist, we brought together speakers from organisations who passionately believe that business can play a fundamental role in transforming the lives of young people, their families and their communities ...

 

 

May marked the launch of the new THINK! road safety campaign which we’ve been working on with the Department for Transport (DfT). It took place with 20 excited Year 7 students, many of whom had appeared in new THINK! films. This had a nice circularity to it, and students took pride (and often hilarity) in spotting themselves, and classmates in the films. This was just the beginning of their journey to stardom, with snippets of the road safety lesson broadcast on that evening’s, London Live.

 

Thanks to TV documentaries such as David Attenborough’s captivating Blue Planet II, plastic pollution is now firmly at the forefront of public consciousness. It’s therefore arguably more important than ever that business harnesses this heightened momentum to lever robust and collective action on environmental issues ...

Having just finished the last event in our second run of The Great War Debate, it feels like the perfect time to share our highlights and reveal some of our exciting plans for the next one!

Coordinated on behalf of the Department for Education, this series of highly interactive panel discussions are key to helping young people unlock events from 100 years ago and consider how it's impacted on life as they know it today.

 

National Careers Week 2018 is here, the first since the government’s careers strategy, published in December 2017, acknowledge the benefits of starting careers guidance earlier. Announcing a £2 million programme to test approaches to careers guidance in primary schools shows that this is likely to be a priority area this year and about time too!

As one of the newest recruits at Hopscotch, I’m really excited about becoming part of the growing team!

I’ve always been interested in working with children but it was a work experience placement at a special needs school when I was 14 that made me sure this was the right choice! As part of my Psychology A level studies, I was fascinated to find out how children learn and this inspired me to study a degree in Education Studies at Cardiff University.

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