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4th September

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Hard work pays off! NCS Summer Projects 2015

So, summer is coming to a close; the ice creams have been eaten, and it’s time to say goodbye to our Summer NCSers. Across the country thousands of young people have been doing more than just dreading the back to school bell, they’ve taken part in the NCS programme (National Citizen Service). Spread over four

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27th August

Blog Stories

A recipe for success… Learning essentials and The Great British Bake Off

It’s impossible to miss the phenomena that is Great British Bake Off as Mel and Sue and baking veteran Mary Berry and silver fox Paul Hollywood put the hopefuls through their paces. Soggy bottoms, lion shaped loaves and melting mousses are a regular topic for debate in the UFA offices and team members already have

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21st August

Blog Stories

Russian Dolls, sticks of rock and other useful metaphors.

Our approach to training Peer Tutors is, like all of our training, underpinned by our 10 Learning Essentials.  These are like the letters running through a stick of UFA rock. All of our training seeks to embody these. But for our Peer Tutor training we need another metaphor too.  We often explain this process using

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12th August

Blog Stories

Celebrating Young People on UN International Youth Day

UN International Youth Day provides us with a good opportunity to think about the achievements of our own young people here in the UK. They are our country’s future and will be part of the future of other international communities too. So where are the headlines in our national newspaper today, or any other day,

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7th August

Blog Stories

Straight from the horse’s mouth…

At UFA we believe in peer tutoring, in the benefits to the school, the community, the teachers and of course to the young people involved. A great deal of research and evaluation has been carried out across the globe to measure the impact on learning, performance and on the confidence and wellbeing of all the

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31st July

Blog Stories

When evidence is surprising…

  The recent findings from two EEF randomised controlled trials looking into the impact of peer tutoring have surprised researchers and teachers alike.  Both studies report no ‘positive impact on academic attainment.’ These findings are interesting, primarily because they challenge the evidence gathered thus far – but also because it’s the same team of researchers

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17th July

Articles

Doing summer differently – UFA’s top tips to summer satisfaction

The summer holidays are looming and seven weeks to fill can be a daunting prospect for families. But ‘I’m bored’ doesn’t have to be the battle cry of the summer. Here are the UFA’s top ten tips for a fun, healthy, happy summer that doesn’t have to break the bank. Get physical – getting moving,

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8th July

Blog Stories

UFA-You have to see it to believe it!

  Some of you reading this will know UFA well, some won’t. But I know that my passion for UFA will shine through in this blog. Having the chance to talk about my experience within the organisation in such a personal way is very exciting for me and I hope you enjoy reading what I

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7th July

Blog Stories

Young People making a difference…again…and again…and again!

Having a lasting legacy is one of the measures of success for any NCS project and the HandsOnEars project, which ran in Summer 2014 in Durham is a great example of this. The team of 15 young people decided to get involved in raising awareness for hearing loss as one of the group, Lewis Oxley,

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