A blog on EveryChildShould on the importance of the outdoors. In the blog Anita reflects on her personal reasons for believing in the benefits of the outdoors, and invites you to reflect on what the outdoors means to you.
Last week I attended the last session of this year’s A New Direction Advocates. This programme supports teachers of the arts to lead learning in both their own schools and across the system. As this group of Advocates – some of whom I had the privilege to have worked with for 3 years – presented their work I was struck by quality, passion and impact of their projects.
I thought hard about writing this blog. I really did. I’ve been warned – a lot – not to stick my head above the parapet. To keep my head down. Not to make any waves. And – honestly – I considered it. Being labelled a difficult woman – a trouble maker – is career threatening. Even more so perhaps when like me and over a million women you are self employed and reputation is what you trade on.
The current Department for Education SEND Workforce Contract ends this week and the new contract holder is to be announced. As a consultant I am remarkably proud of the part I played in securing and delivering this work with and on behalf of both London Leadership Strategy and NASEN. £5million is a considerable consultancy fundraising win and successfully implementing something of this scale to effect such change is something I am glad to have led.
Anita Kerwin-Nye’s blog outlines why access to arts subjects and museum learning matters for all learners, but especially for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Anita Kerwin-Nye’s article in School Travel Organiser (go to page 60) offering advice for teachers planning school trips with mental health and wellbeing in mind.
“Yes we know it happens. ‘They’ choose the children who get the best results and ‘they’ find ways to lose the others. But that’s just the way it is. They are being pragmatic. It’s not something that can change and nobody will sign up to this. Besides schools are allowed to select in some ways.”
Teachwire – February 2018
Anita Kerwin-Nye asks ‘was the Children’s Commissioner’s report on vulnerable children the most important of 2017?’ in her teachwire article: Vulnerable Children – Who are They, and How do we Best Offer Support with Scarce Resources?
Anita Kerwin-Nye is quoted in School Travel Organiser (go to pages 23-24) is quoted in an article in response to the Prime Minister’s pledge to increase the number of environment linked school trips.
As part of our work on Every Child Should we have been talking to young people and those that work with them and reviewing many reports on what children and young people should have achieved and experienced by the time they leave school.