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...

PRESS RELEASE – Redruth School wins Holyer an Gof Award

Lou Thomas
Monday, 27 July 2015 - 3:26pm

On the evening of Tuesday 14th July 2015 at Waterstones Bookshop in Truro, England, Year 7 students of Redruth School were presented with a Holyer an Gof award for their literary work, ‘an A-Z of Cornwall series of 6 books – What We Love About Cornwall’.

The Holyer an Gof awards aim to raise the standards and profile of publishing in Cornwall, and the set of winners were picked from 107 entries of recently published books about Cornwall, or are written in Cornish. The students’ work was picked as winner in the ‘books for children and...

Brixton Market: get excited, make things, fail, learn, try again and again.

John Craig
Monday, 27 July 2015 - 10:00am

Brixton market is a great place to go for tea – it’s also a great example of social innovators making a real difference. This is not a new story, but on a recent Service Safari trip there with colleagues, it got us thinking afresh about what we can learn from the market’s example.

To recap the story, after a community campaign to prevent the market’s closure, Lambeth Council approached Spacemakers to come up with a ‘plan B’. Spacemakers ‘offered three months to anyone with an idea for reusing one of the spaces’. They received 98 responses in...