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We believe society should ensure all children and young people receive the support they need to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. We work towards this belief by articulating a vision for a society which does so, inspiring a desire to pursue it and enabling organisations to achieve it … Read More

Latest Reports

Oracy: The State of Speaking in Our Schools

8th November 2016

In an exclusive interview for our new report on oracy, Professor Frank Hardman, argues that talk is: “the most powerful tool of communication in the classroom and it is fundamentally central to the acts of teaching and learning”. “The State of Speaking in Our Schools” was commissioned by Voice 21. It reveals that oracy (learning to talk well, and … Read more

Teaching for a post-fact world: What should schools do about social cohesion?

4th November 2016

Our new report, published this morning argues that divisions revealed by Brexit mean teachers and schools cannot avoid confronting the faultlines in our society. However it also points out that building cohesion should not require new curricula and frameworks. Instead, schools should: Involve pupils in decision making. Keep pupils safe from bullying. Arm pupils with the knowledge they need to scrutinise … Read more

Firing on all cylinders: What makes an effective middle leader?

29th July 2016

‘No school can be a great school without getting the middle leadership right’ says James Toop, chief executive of the charity Teaching Leaders. But what does it mean to be a great middle leader? At a time of rapid curriculum change and increasing concern about teacher retention, it is a question in desperate need of … Read more

Latest Posts

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism: the importance of careful communication

29th November 2016

New research on a therapy that aims to support parents of autistic children has been causing a stir with some autistic children’s parents frustrated at a sense that they are once again being blamed. As it stands parents of autistic children already have enough challenges to face without this additional pressure. When I worked as … Read more

Zero Tolerance for Poor Behaviour: No excuses in schools

23rd November 2016

This blog is a slightly polished and expanded version of a speech I gave on ‘no excuses’ at the Institute of Ideas Education Forum on the 21st of November. Excuses and reasons When it comes to zero tolerance the distinction between excuses and reasons is crucial. Ultimately, an excuse is an opt-out. It means you lower … Read more

Oracy – The State of Speaking in Our School: Press Coverage

14th November 2016

We launched our latest report, Oracy: The State of Speaking in Our Schools, last Tuesday at an event hosted by Lord Boateng in the House of Lords. The event was organised by Voice 21 and the ESU and was an opportunity to share some of the report’s findings (thanks to the ESU and Gigi Gianella for the photograph of me … Read more

Should I quit education?

9th November 2016

It’s been a disturbing few months. Brexit, last weeks’ constitutional turmoil and now the horrors of Trump. Many of us have been left wondering where exactly our world is going. Fiddling whilst Rome burns? Signing online petitions and liking TED talks long ago stopped feeling like an adequate response, but one might have hoped that … Read more

Building pupils’ voices

8th November 2016

We have a breakdown in communication on our hands Today Americans vote following what must be the most negatively fought and acrimonious presidential race in living memory. Whoever triumphs, large portions of the US public will be left feeling angry and alienated. On this side of the Atlantic, as the UK constitutionally implodes, it is … Read more

Oracy: The State of Speaking in Our Schools

8th November 2016

In an exclusive interview for our new report on oracy, Professor Frank Hardman, argues that talk is: “the most powerful tool of communication in the classroom and it is fundamentally central to the acts of teaching and learning”. “The State of Speaking in Our Schools” was commissioned by Voice 21. It reveals that oracy (learning to talk well, and … Read more