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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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29th June

Blog Stories

Farewell from our Chief Exec, Linda Gregory

After nearly thirteen years of working for UFA it feels very surreal to be completing my last few days. A few months ago I was offered an exciting new opportunity to work with a group of schools, which I felt would be a new challenge for me and the opportunity to continue contributing to making a

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24th June

Articles

Let them Learn!

  I got into the business of education through a more unusual route than many colleagues; I home educated my daughters for almost all of their primary phase and a couple of years of KS3 in the younger one’s case. In the process I learnt much about how children learn when allowed to do so

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17th June

Articles

3 Gifts for every child; Breath, Belief and Brain

Last week, I finally got a task at the bottom of my to do list at home; sorting out the piles and piles of young children’s books that were still taking pride of place on the bookshelf and yet has been untouched for such a long time. I found myself thumbing through beautifully illustrated fairy

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27th May

Events

UFA Young Researchers and Evaluators competition

  Win a UFA Young Researchers and Evaluators programme for your school, organisation or cluster! We have been working with Young Researchers and Evaluators for over 10 years and have been privileged to witness authentic young people’s voice and influence in a range of schools, arts and community based organisations all over the country. We

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19th May

Blog Stories

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t –you’re right

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about mindset recently as I prepare to run my first public race.  Up until now I’ve plodded (literally) around local roads and lanes. Some days I’m confident I’ll complete the course in a reasonable time, whilst on others l fear I can’t make the distance. Why is it that

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13th May

Blog Stories

Drop a stone in the pond….

A few years ago I had the very great joy of leading a group of young people over several years as part of a national rollout of UFA’s Lead Learner programme. They were drawn from across the country to pilot a model whereby they led extra-curricular clubs for their peers, culminating in a national learning

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4th May

Articles

Brain Friendly revision

If you’ve known UFA for a while you may remember the first publication that UFA put out called “Brain Friendly Revision”? It consists of a series of workshops to help young people prepare for revising and exams in that brain friendly way – one that is active, considers different preferences for taking in information, multiple

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22nd April

Blog Stories

Peer Tutor competition deadline April 30th!

Empowerment. Positive role models. Teamwork. Social skills. Better communication. Improved confidence. Leadership opportunities. Social and academic benefit. Post Ofsted priority. Sustainability. Potential. Lifelong learners. Mentors. Perseverance. Creative thinking. Co-operation. These are just some of the words and phrases which have come out in the applications to win one of our Peer Tutoring programmes. At UFA,

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