Square Pegs

The Square Pegs Education UK

The Square Pegs Education UK was established in September 2019 by Lizzy Swan to provide support to schools and their staff with mental health and well-being.

Through coaching and training we aim to remove the stigma from talking about mental health at work to help schools retain their best staff and teachers to sustain their well-being.

Our Director, Lizzy Swan, has 18 years experience of teaching in schools and 12 years at senior leadership level across a range of sectors including mainstream and special schools. Lizzy provides teachers and leaders with strategies and tools to support well-being and improve outcomes in school. We support staff and leaders with ‘difficult conversations’, managing workload, behaviour management, and setting healthy boundaries to avoid ‘burnout’. Lizzy’s coaching and training is embedded within the principles of positive psychology to enable all staff to flourish and be happy at work and in life.

We have been published in ‘The Secondary Curriculum Leaders Handbook’ edited by Roy Blatchford and published by John Catt Educational.

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Parent Scheme

Parent Scheme

Parent Scheme works with organisations to help them support working parents. Based on a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion it:

  • Uses a graphic design style to be relevant to all, irrespective of sex, ethnic background or personal circumstances;
  • Deploys a coaching based approach allowing users to find the right solutions for them as individuals;
  • Provides information and resources across the spectrum of issues facing working parents making no assumptions about their path to parenthood or their parenting choices;
  • Encourages working parents to recognise the needs and priorities of their colleagues who may not be parents but who face their own challenges in working life.

Accessible to all parents, it provides:

  • Tailored career development support at a stage of working life when many make career choices under extreme personal pressure;
  • A guide to every stage of the working parent lifecycle - from the journey into parenthood though the time on leave and into the crucial career years that follow;
  • A holistic approach to wellbeing focused on the issues which typically affect working parents.
  • A comprehensive overview of childcare options and support for children and teenagers with easy to use resources;
  • Consumer-friendly information that distils the key legal and financial topics that parents need to know;

Throughout the pandemic we will be making free support available to parents via our app. This
includes resources and livestreams. Please visit www.parentscheme.app

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HeadsUp

HeadsUp

For Headteachers – Aspiring, current and former.

These are complex and challenging times for Leaders in education.  Increasingly Headteachers are feeling, and are made to feel, vulnerable due to short-termism, high stakes accountability and unethical employer behaviours.

Highly skilled, highly trained, highly experienced professionals, often with excellent track records in previous leadership posts and indeed in their current one, are leaving their posts.  Sometimes this is by choice, often it is not, placed in an impossible position by their employer, many feeling that they have no alternative but to move away from the school that they have dedicated themselves to.  Some manage to find their way back into education, many do not… lost to the system.

HeadsUp is a movement - a collective of school leaders who are determined to work together across the education system in England to:

  • Celebrate -  school leaders have an extraordinary set of skills and experiences, this should not be forgotten
  • Support - through the extensive network of HeadsUp individuals and associated organisations provide support for those individuals who have been ‘disappeared’ from the system and those that feel they are vulnerable
  • Guide - provide advice and guidance to Headteachers who are unsure about their future career options
  • Network – to support each other, share successes and vulnerabilities and to redefine the definition and perception of great school leaders who work towards a longer term vision of excellence in their schools
  • Highlight - through the HeadsUp events shine a spotlight on the issue of ‘disappeared’ Headteachers and those that are fearful of becoming ‘disappeared’ - highlighting the extent to which this happening.
  • Challenge -  to collectively challenge the systems and organisations in the education system that drive unethical behaviours towards school leaders

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Now Teach

Now Teach

Now Teach recruits experienced professionals into teaching. We connect career changers and returners to work with teacher training providers. Collaboration with both throughout training ensures Now Teachers remain in the profession long term.

The Now Teach network develops dedicated teachers for schools, bringing diversity and valuable real-world experience to the class and to the staff room. We tailor our recruitment process to late stage career changers and have developed a programme of wrap-around support for this network.

Founded in 2016, we are a not for profit charity with a vision to inspire talented people to bring their experience into education and help eradicate inequality of opportunity.

Set up in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis, our goal is to normalise later stage career change into teaching; to the mutual benefit of pupils, schools and new entrants into the profession.

Funded by The Department for Education and philanthropic sources, Now Teach are due to become an independent charity in Autumn 2020 following a successful incubation with Ark UK. Candidates receive a tax-free non repayable government bursary whilst training and the Now Teach support is free to both schools and trainees.

Now Teach has brought over 350 experienced professionals into Education. The 2020 cohort has 135 trainees in the South East, West Midlands, and East of England. Previous trainees have included MPs, CEOs, and a NASA scientist.

TEDex talk: Lucy Kellaway ‘I’m becoming a teacher at 58 – this is why you should too’

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Mermaids

Mermaids

Mermaids supports trans and gender questioning kids and young people up until their 20th birthday. They also offer support to their parents and professionals involved in young peoples’ care. Their helpline, web chat and email service aims to reach kids and their parents when they need someone to talk to, and it’s open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday. Local peer support groups, family residential trips and Pride events offer their families and young people a chance to connect with people experiencing similar challenges and triumphs. Mermaids also offer CPD accredited training to a variety of organisations, including schools, GP’s, businesses and more.

Through all their services, Mermaids aims to alleviate any stress associated with gender diversity for young people and their families, and create a safer, more accepting world for them.

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Makana Leadership

Makana Leadership

We exist to transform lives through social justice. Inspired and named after real-life events, Makana Leadership Ltd provides a range of services to schools, trusts and third sector throughout the UK to support them with their strategic and leadership development. We work collaboratively with CEOs, system leaders, headteachers, trustees and a range of other partners to support in the delivery of authentic and sustainable leadership solutions. Why? Because social justice matters.

Our vision is to change the way we think about leadership to ensure social justice and achievement for all. The success of our values-led mission hinges on three key principles: 1. That the change is sustainable, deep-rooted, and impacts on pupil outcomes; 2. That the change is purposeful, pivotal and adds value in a diverse society, and; 3. That the change is wholesome and nourishes the community, to ensure that people continue to thrive.

Our founder Andrew Morrish has been a headteacher since the age of 29. For the next two decades or so, he has worked across the country, almost exclusively in challenging, urban, multicultural schools, trying to make a difference to people’s lives. He knows the journey of school transformation inside out and is the author of ‘The Art of Standing Out’. Andrew is a former founder trust CEO, Ofsted inspector and National Leader of Education.

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Lifting Limits

Lifting Limits

Lifting Limits works to challenge gender stereotyping – a root cause of inequality – in and through education. Our vision is of a world in which every child makes their own path in life, free from the limiting effects of gender stereotyping on their choices and aspirations.

Stereotyping surrounds children and it doesn’t stay outside the school gates – rather, it is reinforced in schools through language, displays, books, curriculum teaching and the assumptions of adults and peers. All this gives children messages about what is expected of girls and boys, women and men – and it happens young, at a crucial stage in children’s learning about the world and their place in it.

That is why our programme supports primary schools to recognise and address gender stereotyping and bias in the school environment and to equip their pupils to challenge stereotyping wherever they encounter it.

Using an evidence based whole school approach, our programme includes staff training, workshops for parents and a raft of practical resources to support school staff apply a gender lens in their practice. Tested in our pilot year, this approach has proven impact in raising awareness and changing attitudes in schools, their staff and pupils (view the pilot impact report).

Lifting Limits is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 National Diversity Awards

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LGBTQIA Early Years

LGBTQIA+ Early Years

  • To promote inclusivity of LGBTQIA+ within all Early Years settings (child minders, nannies,
    nurseries, schools)
  • To showcase best practice and share positive examples of great work to date
  • To ensure that practitioners have the confidence to talk about LGBTQIA+ issues with
    children, their families and staff (creating safe spaces)
  • To create a platform for settings to access supportive and meaningful resources
  • To use research informed practice to ensure that every child feels valued and included
    within their setting

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Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance is the DfE funded school governance recruitment and support service – where schools and academy trusts can search for skilled governors to join and strengthen their governing boards. It is run by the charity Education and Employers and delivered in partnership with the National Governance Association. Education and Employers works closely with a wide range of professional sectors and employers to ensure volunteer availability from a range of professional and geographical backgrounds.

Any governors appointed through the service receive a years’ free CPD support from the NGA, which includes access to their online CPD Learning Link.

Since June 2018, Inspiring Governance and NGA have jointly run the Everyone on Board campaign which aims to attract more volunteers into governance from young and Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The campaign aims to break down the usual network-based approaches to governor recruitment (which often recruit in like) and has worked with a range of race organisations and Black, Asian and Minority ethnic staff networks to do this.

In 2019, Education and Employers launched the Governing our Schools; 10 Years on research report, reporting the changing trends in governance over the past decade.

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Inside Inclusion

Inside Inclusion

Chris Gibbons is Director of Inside Inclusion and has over 15 years’ experience developing and delivering inclusion and anti-discrimination strategies across a range of industries in the private, public and voluntary sectors in the UK and around the world. He is an experienced trainer on issues relating to inclusion, anti-bullying and anti discrimination.

He has trained over 10,000 employees at all levels of business, as well as over 20,000 teachers and trainee teachers, with overwhelmingly positive feedback. In particular, Chris has extensive knowledge and expertise on LGBT and disability inclusion. Prior to establishing Inside Inclusion consultancy, Chris spent ten years working in the voluntary and non-governmental sectors for organisations including The National Autistic Society, Stonewall and The FA.

Inside Inclusion’s clients include Adam Smith International, The Anti-Bullying Alliance, Beano Studios, The British Council, Chelsea FC, Diversity Role Models, Ministry of Defence, National Children’s Bureau, The Oil & Gas Authority, RBS, The Football Association, Sport Scotland and University of Bristol.

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