As we hurtle through the second decade of the 21st century, the pressure for radical change to mainstream education is becoming ever more urgent. Redesigning Education captures the journeys of cities and countries around the world as they travel from the education systems they have to the education systems they want and need. It also highlights the tools and processes they are using along the way.
Research from the United States has shown that learning through ‘real’ projects has significant impact on pupil development and engagement. We are working with the Educational Endowment Fund to test the effectiveness of this method in up to 12 UK secondary schools based in disadvantaged areas.
Healthcare providers the world over are recognising the benefits of online patient health records. Yet, despite being a hub of technological opportunities and home to some of the most pioneering health institutions on the planet, London is conspicuously behind the times regarding innovation in healthcare.
We are helping Buckinghamshire Council on Families First, a programme to create innovative, integrated services that significantly improve outcomes for families across Buckinghamshire, especially those suffering multiple, complex problems.
We are working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ to help them choose and fund innovative healthcare projects. By learning from the best innovation programmes and funders from around the world, they will be better equipped to maximise the impact they have on the Lambeth and Southwark healthcare system.
Creative Councils is a programme run by NESTA and the Local Government Association to support councils in developing and implementing radical, transformative ideas. These ideas address long-term challenges in their areas and exemplify the role innovation can play in solving them.
Last year, Southwark PCT launched a Commission on Childhood Obesity to understand the extent of the problem locally, and to identify key principles for a borough-wide healthy weight strategy for children and young people.
SLaM and Lambeth Council are working together to facilitate joined-up working across adult mental health and children services at a local level. One of the outcomes will be a training pack for professionals from both agencies to better support parents with mental health problems and their families.