The University Students and Primary School Mentorship programme – overcoming educational inequalities and mental health

The University and Primary School Mentorship programme would approach two different groups – primary school children and university students – who have both experienced a challenge surrounding the changes to their education during the pandemic.This issue provides a great opportunity to link two groups that have experienced very specific problems within the pandemic, but twoContinue reading “The University Students and Primary School Mentorship programme – overcoming educational inequalities and mental health”

Mental Wealth for All

A major problem in todays society is that people confuse mental health with mental illness. This is fuelled by a culture that promotes ‘toxic positivity’. We are told all the time that we need to be positive and happy, however this is unrealistic and makes people feel worse because they think that there is somethingContinue reading “Mental Wealth for All”

Open Learning Library

Education for many is hindered by three critical constraints that I believe can be resolved through the use of a novel platform based on modern technology practices from the fourth industrial revolution. The Three Constraints: 1. Great teachers and their lesson plans are monopolized by few institutions restricting the number of students who have accessContinue reading “Open Learning Library”

A National Landscapes Foundation should unlock philanthropic resources to expand national green space.

Summary There is a pressing need to rejuvenate the nation’s green spaces, both in the countryside and especially to extend them and improve them in urban areas, closer to where most people live. The green space divide contributes to the nation’s health inequalities. To encourage more purposeful actions and regular physical activity, a step changeContinue reading “A National Landscapes Foundation should unlock philanthropic resources to expand national green space.”

Global Britain: how to ‘level up’ when re-negotiating trade deals

The opportunity we have in front of us requires us to maintain ‘business as usual’, in terms of businesses allowing remote work to continue, where it is possible. The benefit will come in terms of international relations, and allowing the policy to make immigration laws more flexible. Capitalising on this opportunity may involve governments negotiatingContinue reading “Global Britain: how to ‘level up’ when re-negotiating trade deals”

Incentivise volunteering with community assets through the establishment of community funds

The pandemic has seen a significant increase in volunteering initiatives, most noticeably the NHS volunteering campaign that was launched during the first lockdown and more recently volunteering in support of the vaccination programme. There is a huge opportunity to sustain this beyond the pandemic by keeping millions of volunteers active through a scheme to createContinue reading “Incentivise volunteering with community assets through the establishment of community funds”

A new relationship with nature: why it matters and what we can do

The challenge – a failing relationship with nature. There’s no wellbeing without nature’s wellbeing. Everyone is at risk from the loss of habitats and a warming planet. The climate crisis and wildlife emergency show that the existing relationship between people and the rest of nature is failing. Too often we see nature as something toContinue reading “A new relationship with nature: why it matters and what we can do”

Understanding exam grades: contextualising the unlevel playing field.

The unfairness of our current exams system has been highlighted and exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic. The GCSE and A’level results fiasco in 2020 led to anger and concern and the Government has announced that in 2021 grades will be awarded on the basis of teacher assessment, which has raised further concerns about grade inflation andContinue reading “Understanding exam grades: contextualising the unlevel playing field.”