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Evidence is key to educating the Neknomi-nation

By guest blogger Sarah Lynch, Senior Research Manager

Alastair Campbell, best known for his work as former Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair, recently commented in the Times Educational Supplement that, as someone who struggled with alcohol dependency himself, he has concerns that education on problem drinking is being sidelined in schools. Continue reading


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Citizenship education – beyond budgeting and the ballot box

By guest blogger Jennifer Jeffes, Research Manager

Earlier this week the Department for Education (DfE) set out its vision for citizenship education in schools in England, following much debate about its role and purpose within the education system. Democratic participation and financial capability feature heavily within the mandatory requirements at both Key Stage 3 and 4, with the Government taking a pragmatic approach towards equipping young people with the tools they require to become active participants in society. Continue reading