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As technology continues to advance, it is becoming more and more integrated into how young people learn, create and discover themselves. To find out more about these developments, and their impact on education, in January some colleagues and I headed to Bett; the world’s biggest education technology event. Bett brings together educators, brands, media and anyone with an interest in the future of education under one (very large) roof at ExCel London.

As the days get shorter and it gets colder, choosing to jump in the car for school drop off rather than walking or cycling seems an obvious choice. However, this decision results in 254,000 car trips a day in London, of which one third could be walked in under 25 minutes! With Sadiq Khan labelling the toxic air pollution in London a ‘major public health crisis’ requiring ‘bold action’, we were interested to hear the views of young people on this matter at Transport for London’s recent STARS seminar series.

On Sunday 11th November, my colleagues and I had the privilege of attending a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey thanks to our work on nationwide debate series, The Great War Debate, since 2016. 

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.

 

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.

 

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