G7 leaders pledge support to new gender equality initiative in education

The G7 leaders have pledged support to new gender equality initiatives in education as announced on August 28th 2019 by Global Partnership for Education.

This is great news in the light of many other events happening at the G7 talks in 2019.

The lives of so many girls will be enhanced by the ability to access education. There are many known facts about the importance of education for everyone and that includes girls! Lives will be positive and girls can look on their lives ahead with hope and a future.

In many countries, girls do not have access to education in the same way as boys, sometimes this is through government decision, a faith-based decision and sometimes it is because countries do not have the resources to provide education for all.

How amazing it is, living in a developed country that this should still be the case in 2019.

The Global Partnership for Education has been pursuing this anomaly for many years and it is through their work and other organisations that this has been brought before the G7 Summit.

‘The G7 leaders have recognised the urgency of ensuring that all girls and boys around the world are able to claim their right to a quality education and called for transformational efforts to meet that goal as the route to a more gender-equal world.’  Global Partnership for Education Announcement 28.8.19

In the Declaration, G7 leaders state: “We are convinced that equal access to quality education is vital to achieve the empowerment and equal opportunity of girls and women, especially in developing contexts and countries struggling with conflict. Thus, we welcome approaches to address the barriers girls face and to achieve gender equality and, in particular, the Gender at the Center Initiative.

The Declaration on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment issued at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz, France, gives new momentum to ensure education for all children, and provides powerful support for the Gender at the Center Initiative.”

Great news and at SmithMartin Partnership LLP we look forward to hearing more and  being part of the work ahead to engage with education for all.

Sue Martin FRSA

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Ofsted Early Years – Self Evaluation Forms no longer needed

    Ofsted Self Evaluation Forms are no longer needed.

    The Ofsted SEF or self-evaluation form, as produced by Ofsted are longer a requirement for Early Years Providers.

    This is great news, although many providers have been producing their own evaluations linked to their planning and outcomes for some time. The SEF was undoubtedly a good management tool for creating information about the setting and giving practitioners a place to be reflective about their practise.

    We are often involved with early year’s providers in action planning, assessments, outcomes for children and management and governance. For many, this will come as welcome news and in the long run I am sure that this is the case. Settings who have become reliant on all the information needed for the Ofsted inspector being available in the SEF will now need to use other tools in their toolkits.

    One of the best methods we suggest is to integrate the Action Plans across the setting and the curriculum into a document that can be translated into overall planning. Using a RAG system can easily identify and provide a timeline for actions needed and indicate systems and procedures which are working well.

    You can always be bold, and use gold or silver to show that expectations are exceeded!!

    In Nursery World, 9.2.18, it states that from 1st April 2008, the online SEF will cease to exist and quote,

    While managers and staff of childcare settings need to be able to evaluate the care and activities their setting provides, and how well they are meeting the learning needs of children to an Ofsted inspector, they do not need to fill in the SEF. This is clarified in the inspectorate’s myth-busting campaign.

    Ofsted says that it hopes the removal of the form will help to reduce burden on early year’s providers.”

    The Pre School Learning Alliance also mentions that the need for the SEF is part of the myth busting campaign from Ofsted Early Years teams and that by no longer needing to complete the SEF this will enable managers and practitioners to reduce some of the administration burden and be more focussed on the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    I wonder how many settings will stow away their SEF into the bottom of the cupboard and how many will already have developed their own systems and happily send the SEF to the famous filing cabinets!

    Sue Martin  Early Years Consultant

     

     


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  • New ways to search in 2017

    We do a lot of desk research on the web, to find protocols we can recommend to clients, as well as looking for new material and content for the web sites we produce, for ourselves and others.

    Using the big search engines is fine, but sometimes on a wet Wednesday in March, you long for the search sensation to be a bit livelier, a bit un-normative.

    Here are some suggestions.

    Answer the Public

    Developed to deliver consumer insight in the ‘Age of Google’. We used our standard format testing keyword ‘trees’ and the search results looked like this.

    Answer the Public question search....
    See more here…

    You can choose a variety of approaches to your keyword or phrase. We bet the next time you are deliberating over some stats, or working on a bid, the Answer the Public might help refresh the text.

    It really does offer insights and approaches to subjects which, although designed for marketing professionals, can help refresh a jaded search palette.


    PDFSEARCH.io

    Using natural language processing, the search engine claims to identify relationships between documents and data that are ‘overlooked by conventional search engines‘.

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    See more here…

    With over 18 million documents in their database, you are sure to find new data and information for your project or narrative.


    re:search

    ‘Search for PDF, Office DOCS, books, images, videos, shopping, word definitions, and more! You can focus on popular sites for topics such as health, business, journals, sports, or recipes, or you can limit the search to EDU/GOV sites, or look deeper into Wikipedia, gene therapy @wikipedia . Google or Bing are still one-click away when you need it!’

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    You can conduct your search in privacy, with no intrusive advertisements and can pivot your search to a new variety of search sources with a single click.

    See re:search here.

     


    oscobo.co.uk

    Another secure, private search engine that offers a new insight into your chosen subject. No tracking, just search. Looks and sounds like Google, but with none of the lingering oversight, allegedly.

    Oscobo - web search made private in the UK
    See more here…

    Worked quite quickly on our standard searches too.

    Oscobo is a UK-based company founded by two guys who left their corporate jobs to work towards a belief they both shared – that personal data should remain just that, personal.

    Disillusioned with the corporate world and that the private individual is paying for what seems to be “free” internet content, they felt it was time to turn the tables the other way round.

    Oscobo is the only UK based Privacy Search Engine that does not track or store the user’s data’.    Source: https://oscobo.co.uk/    Accessed: 03.01.2017


    Whatever new changes and needs for your project in 2017, all our best wishes from SmithMartin LLP.  If we can help, with or without a search, just ask. We’d be delighted to hear from you.


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  • Tackling Charity Social Media?

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    Skillsplatform.org have just published a new, very comprehensive charity social media tookit.

    The work, by Zoe Amar and David Evans offers the sector a profoundly useful resource to grasp the first principles of social media. Helping you to understand the workflow and context needed and to be able to create and deploy a social media strategy of utility to your organisation.

    ‘We wrote this guide for everyone, from all-hands-on-deck small charity workers to experienced digital managers in need of inspiration. Most of all, we want you to finish reading this guide bursting with ideas, strategies and tactics for your organisation’.

    Spread over eight chapters the toolkit includes:

    • Your Social Media Strategy
    • Putting Social Into Action
    • How to Grow Your Social Network
    • How to Campaign and Fundraise with Social
    • Social Media Style and Consistency
    • Social Analytics in Advertising
    • Employee Social Media in Advocacy
    • The Future of Social Media for Non-Profits

    Whatever your level of engagement with your partners, donors and funders or service users, then this toolkit should prove invaluable in refining your strategy, improving your audience interest and engagement, as well as adding to your social media skills as a professional.

    You can access the toolkit on-line directly here, or download your own pdf copy here.


    SmithMartin LLP are providers of web and communication services to the charity, education, social and community enterprise sectors.

    We are happy to help any organisation across the UK to develop a web presence or new media strategy at any time. Contact us here.

    Building the charitable web as a compassionate social business.

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  • A Kellet thank you…

    Following our recent delivery of Book Fest celebrations at The Kellet School in Hong Kong, the school have just published a short film thanking contributors to the Annual Fund activities across the academic year.

    We were delighted that our team of authors were able to make such a great contribution to the learning and understanding of the writers craft. (Our delivery is featured at 2 mins 30 secs.)

    The Kellet School children produced a vast amount of very high quality work from the BgW week, as you can see from the film.

    We were delighted to be able to contribute and know that our authors would be happy to return to Hong Kong any time. Thank you to everyone who took part in Book Fest from us too!

    The Team at SmithMartin LLP – Books go Walkabout

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  • Book Fest Hong Kong 2016

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    Break time, seen from the 8th floor of the Kellet School in Hong Kong…

    Sue Martin and the Books go Walkabout team are in Hong Kong this week. (May 2016)

    Working in partnership with The Kellett School, with generous funding from the school Annual Fund, Sue and a fabulous creative team of authors, photographers and poets, are delivering Book Fest across two campuses on the island.

    The programme of work, is designed to add value to the schools curriculum around writing, story creation and delivery, as well as creativity and critical thinking about form and content.

    The work is delivered by Australian Author Carole Wilkinson, Nigerian author and photographer Ifeoma Onyefulu and poet and writer Cheryl Moskowitz.

    bookIconImageYou can see the daily narratives and galleries of the creative energy generated on the project pages of Books go Walkabout here.

    After the week long event we will be publishing our learning and recommendations for trans-continental book and literacy project delivery, as well as celebrating, in detail, the work of the children who were enthused and creatively encouraged by our authors. Watch this space for details.


    Editor’s Note:

    SmithMartin LLP,  through the vehicle of their international books and literacy project, Books go Walkabout, are actively seeking more project partners in both the USA and Africa.

    We use our project management, book procurement and curriculum support skills to devise, develop and deliver cross community, cross art form projects to interested clusters of schools, community organisations or tertiary education settings.

    Contact Sue Martin at SmithMartin LLP for informal discussions at any time.

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  • Inequality in Education,
    Turning the Tide

    IETT 12 Oct 2‘The Future of Education in England’ an event at Royal Society for the Arts, London, was held on October 5th 2015 by the Inequality in Education Team.

    Inequality in Education…turning the tide (IETT) is a movement to alter the balance of educational opportunity in the UK. In England inequality is a key social and political issue. Education has a vital role to play in abolishing inequality in society. Young people’s destiny is still determined largely by their social position at birth.

    Presenting arguments demonstrating the inequality in our current education system were; Dianne Reay, Professor of Education, at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford, UK.

    (SmithMartin Partnership is pleased to support the IETT in delivery of their website and engagement with partners. Education is key to our work and every day we see the effects of inequality in education in communities across the country.)

    This is both unfair to children and their future lives but also a waste of opportunity and economically disadvantageous to our society as a whole.
    Those societies who truly value children and education will thrive in the future.

    Professor Diane Reay led with questions;
    What needs to change to achieve greater equality in schooling?
    What needs to change for the key indicators below to improve?’

    Key indicators are;
    ” The degree of difference in educational attainment levels across different classes and ethnic groups.
    ” The levels of well-being and happiness of school students
    ” The difference in spending per pupil across different types of schools
    ” The levels of segregation and polarisation between schools and within them
    ” The degree to which all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
    ” Teachers levels of professional satisfaction and autonomy

    IETT 12 OctProfessor Danny Dorling, who studies the social implications of educational under achievement from a geographical position posed four interesting questions.
    ” Is a more expensive education really a more privileged one?
    ” Have you learnt a great deal if you are awarded many A*stars?
    ” Do we value memorising above problem solving and experimentation?

    ” Can we imagine a schooling system without so much testing of children?

    There was considerable discussion and examples of an educational system that is built on test results and ‘cut throat’ competition, with major funding discrepancies.

    Inequality in Education, Turning the Tide (IETT), is developing across the UK and will continue to create a body of opinion with educational practitioners and academic research leading the way to unravel the current inequalities, present a reasoned argument and hold to account those who implement policy and direction of education in the UK.

    We believe that education is a fundamental right as quoted in Unesco – The Right to Education, and that the UK should be delivering a free, equal and fair education to all its children.

    Sue Martin – Educational Consultant SmithMartin Partnership LLP


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  • Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, London

    Image 5The Festival runs over the weekend of May 30/31st 2015 with an amazing collection of authors and illustrators from ‘down under’.

    As publishers and booksellers, with strong project links to Australia, the range, diversity and quality of the Festival programme makes the event hugely attractive.

    We are so excited about going along to the Festival and soaking up the engaging work of such talented authors such as; Kate Grenville, Tim Winton and Howard Jacobson.

    The Secret River is a favourite book, as it paints such an amazing picture of life in Australia in early1800’s.

    image4-14.jpgKate Grenville is in discussion about her new memoir One Life: My Mother’s Story. The book pays tribute to a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change; for whom the spectacular shifts of the 20th century offered new freedoms and choices in an era when women had been expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

    With the publication of nine novels, a collection of short stories and four books about the writing process, Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary authors. Her work includes Lilian’s Story (1985), Dreamhouse (1986), Dark Places (1994) and The Secret River (2005).

    Follow us on Twitter at the Fest! @booksgowalk

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  • Increase in childcare entitlement from 15 – 30 hours per week.

    Image 1Children and Young People Now have published the latest from the government in doubling free universal childcare entitlement.

    The government is to fast-track legislation to double free universal childcare entitlement to 30 hours a week. David Cameron says one of the first things his government will do is legislate to increase childcare provision.


    In a speech in Stockton-on-Tees yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to expand the free entitlement to early education from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week, will be included in the Queen’s Speech this month.

    He said: “One of the first things we are going to do is to make sure that we legislate to help with childcare.

    “I think for so many families in our country it’s absolutely essential that they get that help with childcare, so that people who want to work and want to work more hours or longer shifts, or more shifts to bring home more money, are able to do that.” ‘

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  • Venturefest 2015, April 14th

    Our Partnership will be exhibiting in the Social Business Hub of Venturefest East Midlands, in Nottingham, on Tuesday 14th April 2015.

    Supporting the Social Business Hub visitors in their exploration of the newly emergent Social Business sector.

    venturefestLogoWe will be working with Roger Moors of SEEM in Nottingham, our client, helping to create new pathways to social outcome for mainstream business. These outcomes are no longer the sole remit of the Third Sector in the UK, with many SME’s particularly, being interested in how they can build social outcome into their business profile, delivery and surplus generation.

    We can help you achieve these aims.

    We work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations across the UK, helping establish new projects and sustainable community business ideas in schools, children’s centres, charities, social business and community enterprises of all kinds.

    We have a wealth of experience in business case development, business model exploration, budgeting and business plans – as well as expertise in ethical business operations, marketing and delivery.

    We are particularly strong in the childcare, education and literacy sectors. Finding new ways to add value to traditional supply chains and helping to introduce new models of ‘learning and earning’ into traditional institutions and settings.

    Bringing together the best of enterprise creation, third sector social gain and mediated management across our whole sector experience. We specialise, as a Partnership, in the following areas…

    • Social Business and Charity Development
    • Education, Early Years and Literacy
    • Funding and Governance Support
    • Web, New Media and original Content Creation

    You can still register for your free ticket for Venturefest East Midlands 2015 in Nottingham here.

    If you are passing the Social Business Hub, call and see how we might help your business ‘go social’. We’ll be pleased to see you.

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