November 2020 saw the sixth event in our ‘Education Matters’ series. Our latest event provided a stark insight into the impact of COVID-19 on education and a rallying cry for brands to pledge their support for young people at risk of becoming left behind.

It’s a question that politicians, educators and parents have agonised over in recent months: what do children need after so much time away from school? We spoke to one primary school trust which is determined to do things differently this autumn; Lisa Worgan of Victoria Academies Trust explains in this blog how her team have created a curriculum that puts student experience and wellbeing at the centre of learning.

John Coleman is a psychologist with a long-standing interest in young people. He has written extensively about adolescent development, having worked in schools, universities and in research centres. His current interests are support for parents of teenagers, and the teenage brain. During lockdown he has been writing blogs and running workshops for parents and for professionals about the situation and how it may affect teenagers and their families. John kindly ran a workshop for us on this subject, so we asked him if he’d be happy to share some of his fascinating insight on our blog channel.

With the recent pandemic, education has been brought out of the shadows of the classroom and given a new, more glamorous status in the spotlight: agile, innovative, collaborative. This last word is key, as charities, industry leaders and young people themselves are encouraged to join the ranks of famous faces creating online, user-generated content.

During the recent Refugee Week, we celebrated all that refugees bring to our society. I’ve been volunteering as a mentor for the charity, Breadwinners, along with my colleague Becky, since last year. Breadwinners provides jobs, work experience, training and mentoring for refugees and young people seeking asylum, across London farmers market stalls. On 21st June, the Breadwinners family came together for a virtual fun run, supporting Refugee Week and its #SimpleActs campaign.

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