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On a misty morning last week, Hopscotch Consulting brought together over 40 professionals from blue chip companies, leading NGOs and government departments to discuss the importance of supporting the education sector. From the 38th floor of the Gherkin, guests heard from programme leaders including Kirstie Mackey, Managing Director, Citizenship & Consumer Affairs, Barclays UK, Anna Russell, CSR Director at Bupa and Holly Matthewson, Talent Lead at Vodafone UK, about the ground-breaking work that they are currently delivering in the space 

Junior Consultant, Eleanor Johnston, attended the 5th Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference last week listening to fascinating lectures and talk to many educators about the state of wellbeing in schools, for both students and staff.

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.

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.

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. 

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 ...

 

 

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!

Student Volunteering Week is upon us, and it’s got us thinking how much being socially aware means to our young people. According to a recent survey, it seems a great deal. Findings show that the proportion of 16-24 year-olds saying they volunteer has increased by more than half in recent years, which is a drastic rise based on historic data.

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