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18th June

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‘Opportunities Without Limits’

Tonight Dame Christine Braddock, Chairman of Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, opened the first ever Aspire@BCH Star Awards.  The awards celebrate the contribution young people and staff have made in providing ‘opportunities without limits’ in the many inspiring projects run under the banner of Aspire@BCH. I feel privileged to have been part of Aspire’s

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3rd June

Blog Stories

Why is it so important for us to develop leadership skills in young people?

Type the word ‘leadership’ into an internet search engine, and you will be faced with 469 million results on what it means to be a leader, what defines a leader, famous leaders throughout time – in addition to thousands of quotes, tips and comments on leadership skills, and why it’s important to possess them. Yet

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7th May

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Graduating from #iwill and the long-lasting impact of social action

There are many, many moments that make us proud as an organisation, but seeing our Social Action Leaders graduate from our UFA #iwill programme at a ceremony in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago has to be one of our highlights. The #iwill programme, originally named ‘Step Up To Serve’, was launched by the Prince

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31st March

Events

Whole Education Conference – We will be there!

20% discount on standard price tickets for the UFA network. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to Whole Education’s 5th Annual Conference, ‘An Education Worth Having’, on the 18th and 19th November 2014 at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London. We are delighted that world-renowned education researcher, John Hattie will open the conference. Additionally, the two days will feature a

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27th March

Blog Stories

NCS – it all starts at YES – for young people AND their parents

When the National Citizen Service was launched in 2011, few could have anticipated the true value of the programme and its rewards for young people. Initially billed as a ‘non-military national service’, its aim was to mix young people from different backgrounds and teach them what it means to be socially responsible. It was designed

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20th March

Blog Stories

Helping young people develop leadership and character – what might a school look like?

The Department for Education has announced the school winners of the inaugural Character Awards – congratulations to all award winners and the national winner –the Leadership Academy. Debate in the Twittersphere about the Awards has been fierce.  For some, the overwhelmingly traditional nature of the winners was a disappointment (army cadets, classical music, fencing, and a

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3rd March

Blog Stories

Something to be truly proud of – young people, social action and UFA

It’s all too easy to generalise about teenagers and talk about their dedication to Xboxes and smartphone screens, but those who make these sweeping statements are not only likely to be guilty of the same short attention spans – but they probably haven’t heard of the fantastic work many young people are doing for their

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