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As a leading education consultancy for behaviour change programmes, we design our campaigns to be as inclusive as possible. Nowhere is this more important than in our STEM programmes, where we consistently work to tackle the disparity between the number of male and female students who choose to study STEM subjects and pursue careers within these industries.

Today's World Mental Health Day brings to light numerous news stories on the state of our young people’s mental health and reveals how much more needs to be done to combat the issue.

England’s Cricket World Cup triumph, a new Prime Minister in No. 10 and the Love Island finale. Fair to say, it’s been an eventful summer.

 The Hopscotch office has been no exception, with several major launches and projects delivered in already. In early July we helped launch Vodafone’s new nationwide competition for schools - the Digital Creators’ Challenge.

Wednesday sees the launch of the Conscious Advertising Network (CAN) of which Hopscotch are a founding member. We played a key role leading the working group on children's wellbeing in advertising. CAN is a voluntary movement of over 30 organisations, and 50 experienced industry players, supported by ISBA in the UK.

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 ...

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