Placing Schools at the Heart of Community

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Placing Schools at the Heart of Community

Tuesday 30th June 2020

13.00 - 13.45

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The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the extent to which schools have been plugging gaps in support for vulnerable children. For years, schools have had to take on more responsibility for the wider wellbeing, health and welfare of pupils, as budget cuts limited the capacity of other services to provide help.

When schools re-open in September, there will be a lot of work to do to support social and emotional needs, alongside the challenge of learning catch-up. Schools cannot and should not shoulder this burden alone. Now is the time to think creatively about how we can place schools at the heart of a wider community network protecting the safety, welfare, and wellbeing of all young people.

The RSA’s associate director of education Laura Partridge explores the challenges and opportunities ahead with Kiran Gill, CEO, The Difference; Laura McInerney, co-founder, Teacher Tapp; and Kayleigh Wainwright, Joint Director of Engagement, UK Youth.


Speaker Bios

Laura McInerney is an education journalist, keynote speaker and co-founder of the daily survey app, Teacher Tapp.

Twitter: @miss_mcinerney

Kiran Gill is founder and CEO of The Difference - an organisation training specialist teachers to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable learners. She previously worked at the Social Mobility Commission and spent five years as an English teacher in schools serving the most deprived postcodes in the country.

Twitter: @dkgill

Kayleigh Wainwright is Joint Director of Engagement at UK Youth, a leading national charity committed to ensuring all young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Twitter: @k_wainwright

Chair: Laura Partridge, Associate Director of Education, RSA

Twitter: @LauraJPartridge

Check out Laura's essay 'No School An Island' here

Further Reading:

FAIR EDUCATION: The crisis is making existing inequalities in education worse.

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