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21st October

Blog Stories

Debating a different perspective on learning

Teatime is a noisy, chaotic affair in our house. Three children fighting to be heard means that on occasion, even I have been known to put my hand up to get a word in edgeways. (And yes the photo is a stock image – no one ever looks that polished at the end of the

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14th October

Blog Stories

Growing Confidence

As a mum of four children I have seen their confidence ebb and flow over the years. The onset of the teenage years clearly heralds the age old battle between self- doubt and confidence. You look at your children and see their strengths, their potential, their best qualities and you wonder why they aren’t more

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23rd September

Blog Stories

Another sizzling Summer at UFA

So, it’s officially autumn. Google’s said so*. And here at UFA we’re well into the swing of it – from UFA National and the many programmes we’re out delivering in schools this term, our Top Tutors team who, from September, began providing tuition services in Birmingham as well as London and our regional NCS teams are

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9th September

Articles

Impact Beyond the Individual

“As a teacher you know something is working well when pupils are chasing the teachers to want to do it and that’s how it’s been here.” We were recently funded by The Mercers Company to develop Peer Tutoring programmes with 4 schools in the West Midlands. Though not involved in the day-to-day running of the

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26th August

Blog Stories

Time for change…

  Recently, I had the chance to walk round a secondary school and see it in action on an ordinary day; the everyday of what our young people experience at school. I was pretty excited, it was an outstanding school and one that sounded great on paper. It talked about how it built character and

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11th August

Blog Stories

Vote for Citizenship!

  One of UFA’s key charitable objectives is to promote the citizenship education of young people. “Citizenship education can be defined as educating children, from early childhood, to become clear-thinking and enlightened citizens who participate in decisions concerning society.” (Unesco). The shockingly low turnout of younger voters (estimated at 36% for 18-25s) is said to

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4th August

Blog Stories

Guest Blog – Investing for Good

UFA have been working with Investing for Good (IFG), an advisory company based in London that supports organisations who want to take on social investment. Back in January UFA were successful in their application to the ‘Big Potential’ grant programme, run by the Big Lottery. This grant was used to pay for UFA to develop

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26th July

Blog Stories

NCS, UFA film screenings and Top Tutors in Brum!

It’s a packed summer of activity for UFA as the first waves of young people taking part in our NCS programme are already making the most of the sunshine and enjoying the fun and challenges NCS brings. Our UFA teams are working with young people across the country from Suffolk to Durham via Accrington, Northampton

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14th July

Blog Stories

Metaphorically speaking…….

  At UFA we love metaphors. We often use them in our team meetings either as energisers to stimulate creative thinking or help our understanding of a challenging concept. They are useful as tool for reflection too and are peppered throughout our training, resources and conversations with young people and schools. Metaphors can be used in

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8th July

Blog Stories

What Happens when you give Young People the Keys to the School?

The results could be even better than you’d ever hoped for… as one school explains. Our Young Researchers and Evaluators (YRE) programme, like all UFA programmes, is about giving young people a voice, but also allowing them to take some responsibility in researching, evaluating and improving an aspect of their school/organisation. We’ve seen some extremely

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