The Power of the Outdoors

How being in nature can help prepare our children for the school year ahead. By Victoria Saunders, Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education School of Education, University of Birmingham We have made it to the 6 weeks summer holidays and that is an achievement in itself this year. The past two years have been without doubt the … Continue reading “The Power of the Outdoors”

NHS staff still going the extra mile

By Professor Mark Exworthy, Health Policy and Management Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Since March 2020, the commitment and hard work of NHS staff have been widely recognised as they respond to the covid pandemic – the regular 8pm `clap for carers’, impromptu street signs and banners across the UK, the  Queen’s birthday … Continue reading “NHS staff still going the extra mile”

Principles Under Pressure as NHS celebrates its 73rd Birthday

By Professor Martin Powell, Health and Social Policy Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. NHS birthdays have always had a different character. While the 10th birthday in 1958 was largely optimistic and celebratory, the 30th (1978) and 70th (2018) were pessimistic, amid talk of crisis. The 73rd birthday of the NHS on 5th July … Continue reading “Principles Under Pressure as NHS celebrates its 73rd Birthday”

The challenges and unexpected benefits for families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during lockdown

By Natalie Reardon, Alumna and Deputy Head Teacher and SENCo at Mill School, Bury – an independent specialist provision for Pupils aged 7-17 with Autism Spectrum Condition. Reflections on lockdown SEND education has been impacted over the last 12 months as a result of the repeated lockdowns in response to the global pandemic. For many … Continue reading “The challenges and unexpected benefits for families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during lockdown”

The NHS White Paper: evolution or revolution?

By Professor Judith Smith, Director of Health Services Management Centre and Professor Robin Miller, Head of Department, Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham.  NHS White Papers seem to fall into two categories.  First, landmark ones that signal major change of direction and upheaval (can you remember where you were when you heard about … Continue reading “The NHS White Paper: evolution or revolution?”

The importance of looking beyond political literacy for Generation Z

By Andrew Peterson, Professor of Character and Citizenship Education and Deputy Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham.  “It is civic character that enables young people to develop the sense of purpose and intent so important to meaningful political engagement and which, in turn, helps them to understand and reflect … Continue reading “The importance of looking beyond political literacy for Generation Z”

Inspire a world of imagination this National Storytelling Week

By Dr Nicola Smith, Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education and Laura Martin, Alumni Relations Manager School of Education, University of Birmingham After extended school closures continue due to Coronavirus, there is evidence to show that many older primary and secondary school children have lost their ‘reading stamina’ without the daily reading practice that … Continue reading “Inspire a world of imagination this National Storytelling Week”

Read Grow Go: Discover the wonder of literature with the Jubilee Centre

By Catherine O’Leary, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham As we face another period of time where many children across the nation are not in school, let’s take this opportunity to reflect back to The National Literacy Trust survey that took place in 2020. The survey determined the impact that the … Continue reading “Read Grow Go: Discover the wonder of literature with the Jubilee Centre”

Migration – A Personal Story

By Steve Gulati, Senior Fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham As the world observes International Migrants Day (18th December 2020), I found myself thinking about my own story and experiences, both personal and professional. In this extended piece, I reflect on the experiences of me and my family, as first and second generation … Continue reading “Migration – A Personal Story”

The importance of children’s literature: Inspire a world of imagination this Christmas

By Dr Nicola Smith, Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education and Laura Martin, Alumni Relations Manager School of Education, University of Birmingham After extended school closures in 2020 due to Coronavirus, there is evidence to show that many older primary and secondary school children have lost their ‘reading stamina’ without the daily reading practice … Continue reading “The importance of children’s literature: Inspire a world of imagination this Christmas”