Big Thinking

Schools In Their Communities  Series

Schools In Their Communities: Taking Action and Developing Civic Life is a collaboration between Big Education and Citizen School

Introduction: Let's commit to a life of responsibility and action

Dr Sebastien Chapleau
‘It’s not hope that leads to action. Rather, it is action that inspires hope.’ – Neil Jameson CBE. Albert Camus’s The Plague (La Peste) was first published over sixty years ago. It focuses on how citizens from…

Provocation: Why academy trusts should employ community organisers

Neil Jameson CBE
‘We should not, must not, dare not be complacent about the health and future of British democracy. Unless we become a nation of engaged citizens our democracy is not secure!’ – Lord Irvine of Laird, Lord Chancellor …

Surrey Square: Why Community is Key

Matt Morden
& Fiona Carrick-Davies
Surrey Square is a school at the heart of the community it serves, meeting not just the educational needs of its pupils but also responding to the plethora of social issues facing local families….

Reach Academy & Reach Academy Children's Hub

Luke Billingham
A school and charity partnership working together to provide community support and to enable community action. The story of Reach Academy and Reach Children’s Hub demonstrates the significant role that schools and…

The Story of School 21's Community Choir

Emily Crowhurst
Setting up our School21 community choir has been a life-affirming endeavour. Friday afternoons in our school hall are an embodiment of our school value of community and model the power of music to promote…

Ruth (and) the Giant

Emmanuel Gotora
The end of the school year is always a hectic time, especially for primary schools. In Forest Gate, east London, the excitement reaches fever pitch as a group of energetic 10 and 11-year-olds at St. Antony’s Primary…

From the classroom to real world action: How young people change their community

Louisa Searle
Social action education in schools and colleges can seem like yet another thing to add to the list of responsibilities that time-poor teachers, lecturers, support staff, and school leaders must carry out as part their…

Hendon School: Youth-led community engagement and the mental health SOS – Stamp Out Stigma – campaign

Noelle Doona
Hendon School is in the London Borough of Barnet. It is a large and diverse comprehensive school with 1,250 students and over 130 staff. 47% students are in receipt of the pupil premium grant, 68% students have English…

#LoveESOL: Action for ESOL and multilingual citizenship

Dermot Bryers
This is the story of how a group of parents from Streatham have influenced ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) policy in London and, beyond the city, impacted the national debate on language rights…

Positive Images: How young people organised to change policy and build better relationships with the police

Claire Arkwright
Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls’ School, in the London borough of Southwark, has been a member of Citizens UK for almost a decade. As a school, Notre Dame has been engaged in multiple campaigns over the past few years….

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This week saw the publication of a significant new report from the RSA. It was with great pride that I read this, complete with a

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