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The demise of Kids Company - a time to reflect on children's services more broadly?

Jonny Mallinson
Thursday, 6 August 2015 - 2:27pm

Yesterday evening Kids Company closed its doors after 19 years of service to the most vulnerable kids in South London and beyond. Despite the flurry of accusations on both sides, I am no closer to understanding why this has been allowed to happen. But whatever the truth, my biggest concern is that all the noise risks obscuring the real significance of what the organisation has tried to do.

Underpinning all of their work is the steadfast conviction that in order to truly affect how children and young people experience the world, they need to be allowed to form real and meaningful...

Hackney Pirates: School ≠ education ≠ learning. How can we become a ‘learning society’?

Tom Beresford
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 11:05am

One of my fondest memories from my school years is getting in trouble for asking ‘why’ too many times. It was one of those defining moments in life where a higher power was telling you off for doing something that you thought was both natural and right. What I love about this memory is that it exactly when I realised that 'school' doesn’t equal education, nor does it equal learning. At that point, I knew that my natural inquisition could never be satisfied within the walls of a school building, nor by a single education system.

A thirst for learning is a basic human instinct...

School 21 - From the outside looking in. My visit to a whole school exhibition.

Lou Thomas
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - 11:04am

On the evening of 21st July 2015, everything at School 21 in Stratford, London was not as it seemed. As myself and my colleagues Tom and Mark walked through the doors, we were set upon by witch doctors offering us potions to cure the plague. There were students gushing with pride over maths inspired art installations, there were Blues Brothers serenading us with their dulcet tones as we examined...