Category Archives: Youth

Looking to the future of public services

After the drama of the Labour leadership contest, Early Action advocate David Robinson asks: is the choice between ‘big vision’ and ‘broad appeal’ a false dilemma? Here are four principles for a strong, relational welfare state that might achieve both… Continue reading Looking to the future of public services

Relationships are at the heart of early intervention

Relationships have the power to change lives. We know trust and empathy are the key to success for early interventions. There is now a strong case that public services must change to be more ‘relationship enabling’ – so what does that look like? 

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“Relationships form the bedrock”: New Village Girls Academy

Back in March, Louise Thomas and I visited New Village Girls Academy on behalf of the Innovation Unit. This is a reflection on the amazing school we found. Deep relationships form the bedrock of this school. Continue reading “Relationships form the bedrock”: New Village Girls Academy

Educating the East End: GOOOOOOALS

Every Monday morning at Participle, we make a pot of coffee and have a bit of a natter before the office gets too busy. Our colleague Emma Southgate always comes in with great stories of what she’s done on the weekend, as well as amazing reviews of TV shows she’s watched and how the themes apply to our work in relational services. We think it is a bit unfair that she has a fascinating social life AND time for telly, but we always enjoy the reviews. So now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s her take on Educating the East End. Continue reading Educating the East End: GOOOOOOALS

A ‘Tough Character’ Takes Flight: CoachBright and Confidence

September is back to school month on the Relational Welfare blog, so we spoke with Robin Chu, founder of CoachBright, to get his take on how a personal connection affects the way we learn.

CoachBright connects recent university graduates with ​​children that are struggling in school. These coaches work with the pupils to discover what motivates them. Then they figure out how they can use that as a driver to help them reach their goals and make better use of their education. We’re hired by schools to do this in increments from 6 weeks to a year.

The whole programme is built around the question “What do you want your future to look like?” It’s a big question, and intentionally so. Continue reading A ‘Tough Character’ Takes Flight: CoachBright and Confidence

Embrace the struggle

Some years ago when my daughter was really struggling with maths, a friend suggested we try the Khan Academy. Together we were slowly drawn in by Sal Khan’s videos, doodles and most of all by his voice. Sal, who of course we never met, actually felt like a warm human being who cared, was interested and interesting.

As we listened and practised, my daughter’s own anxiety started to ebb: this kind person made her feel she might be able to grasp it after all. Continue reading Embrace the struggle

The good life, as told by a nine year old

We’ve just run across this tweet by the brilliant 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based organisation that promotes writing skills for young people. It was created by 9 year old Julissa and shows her take on “the good life”: Continue reading The good life, as told by a nine year old