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"One of the project partners fund and support, recently ran a thought-provoking day at WAC Arts College I was honoured to be invited to see how everyone’s donations to Big Change are being maximised" Read guest blog from ocr_jamesburton - LINK IN BIO:

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@thekeyuk ・・・ We were inspired by @holly_branson‘s blog this week and the amazing and all show as they push themselves to raise funds for young people through @bigchangecharity and their projects We feel much the same that we’re here to support young people as they take the lead We’ve been doing this for over 27 years now and we’re excited about what the future holds

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Join a global community of people striving for change We are assembling a team of strivers to take on the Race to the King in June, whilst raising funds and awareness for Big Change Join the movement, find out more here: https://bitly/2Trq8YA Sign up link in bio

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from @bigchangecharity project partner @frontline_sw on ・・・ Social workers change lives We’d like to show you how To celebrate World Social Work Day, watch our new film for an small insight into how social workers transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and families In celebration of and the success of the Frontline programme, we are opening applications across the country for one extra week only Apply to join our largest ever cohort in 2019 via the link in our bio and take your first step towards a more meaningful career • • •

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Teacher and leader agency has the power to change our learning ecosystem We’re supporting and championing this agency as one of three of the Big Change 2019 focus areas into which we’ll direct multi-year support to new project partners This is only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our amazing donors and Strivers Big Change believe that teachers and school leaders are often the agents of change that our learning ecosystem need However, their working environments are often not conducive to using their experience and passion to create the change that is needed to set young people up to thrive in life Teachers are leaving the profession in increasing numbers and recruitment targets have been missed every year for the last five years This a symptom of a wider problem There is much still to be learned about what makes different teachers and leaders, in different departments and schools and at different stages of their career, satisfied with their work There is even more work to be done to understand what are the cultural and leadership conditions that need to be in place for teachers and leaders to be empowered to create the kind of learning environment that leads to the kind of ‘whole child’ education that allows both students and teachers to thrive

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Big Change believe in Inclusion as Strength – so much so that following targeted research we’ve defined it as one of our three 2019 focus areas, into which we’ll direct multi-year support to new project partners This is only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our amazing donors and Strivers The state of formal school exclusions practice is dire and it has long term consequences Permanent exclusions have been rising for seven years now, with the rate of increase accelerating in the last three years, culminating in a 15% increase between 2015/16 and 2016/17 Groups from particular backgrounds, such as being eligible for free school meals, having a special educational need or disability, or being Gypsy/Roma or Black Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to formal exclusion Excluded students are also overrepresented in the UK’s Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and incarcerated populations, and are far less likely to reach the same academic attainment as their peers who remain included in mainstream school We are seeing other trends that are suggesting that young people are feeling excluded, both formally and informally These trends include increases in mental ill health in young people, increased feelings of loneliness, made worse by weak social networks and lack of coping skills, increased feelings of inadequacy and isolation with increased engagement in social media, and a growing lack of trust in democratic institutions There is an opportunity to strengthen inclusion by preventing the causes of exclusion in the first place, through creating a system that is responsive to the needs of all children, no matter what their backgrounds are

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Introducing Early Development – one of our three 2019 focus areas into which we’ll direct multi-year support to new project partners This is only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our amazing donors and Strivers There is overwhelming evidence that early development is a key factor in setting young people up to thrive Did you know that over 85% of our brains are developed before we’re five years old? Gains made during this crucial stage help set young people up to thrive, and any gaps only get exacerbated as time goes on Early years education for 2, 3 and 4-year olds can significantly reduce these gaps if it is of sufficient quality Research from The Sutton Trust also shows that evidence-backed programmes in parental engagement in home learning can help to narrow the attainment gap between high and low socioeconomic status families Supporting parents to engage in early childhood development can bring about better outcomes-evidence from research performed by the Aspen Network suggests that an emotionally safe, cognitively stimulating environment at home contributes to better social, emotional and academic development Home learning environments affect academic success as well: a study from the Department for Education found that a good home learning environment has a positive impact on future A-level attainment

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Big Change are officially on the hunt for up to 10 new project partners - beginning with defining our 2019 focus areas of support: Early Development, Inclusion as Strength, and Teacher & Leader Agency [LEARN MORE VIA LINK IN @bigchangecharity BIO] Support for projects partners is only possible thanks to dedicated donors who gave generously and creatively, and to 200+ Strivers who hiked, biked, kayaked and climbed out of their comfort zones in September last year

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Want to combine the physical and the philanthropic? The athletic and the altruistic? Create a big change for young people in the UK by signing up to the STRIVE Weekender From June 21st-23rd, Team STRIVE will jog, walk and run 80km across the stunning South Downs as part of Race to the King [SIGN UP LINK IN BIO] Learn more: https://bitly/2Trq8YA

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Join us for the first ever STRIVE Weekender! If you a) love weekends b) find no comfort in staying in your comfort zone, and c) want to meet like-minded strivers, sign up to Team STRIVE as we take on the Race to the King [Sign up link in bio] More info: https://bitly/2Trq8YA

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This June, weekend warriors will become Kings and Queens Join Team STRIVE as we take on the Race to the King from 21st-23rd June We are assembling a group of extraordinary individuals to push the limits of their comfort zone while striving for Big Change Sign up [Link in bio] Learn more: https://bitly/2Trq8YA

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Living for the Weekend(er)? We are assembling a group of strivers to walk, run and jog The Race to the King: a 2-day ultra-marathon across the South Downs way This world-class route will provide the perfect setting to meet like-minded people striving for change Sign up [link in bio] Find out more: https://bitly/2Trq8YA

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Still Striving! @pcwilliams keeps on inspiring us as he pushes himself out of his comfort zone to achieve great things and raise amazing funds for @bigchangecharity Check out his story and please support him: @pcwilliams ・・・ As many of you know, I had a health scare 7 years ago which landed me in hospital for a weekend under the worried eye of a cardiologist thankfully it turned out to be nothing but got me thinking "just say it had been something - I'd have no excuse" So, having never run and not cycled since I was a teenager, I set myself a ludicrous target of running the London Marathon within 5 years Which, after half a dozen half marathons, somehow I did! slowly, but raising lots of money for charity along the way My wise wife suggested I move to something a little less impactful on my feet, so I started cycling, getting involved with the amazing work of @bigchangecharity and participating in two @strivechallenge adventures through the hills of Tuscany in Italy in 2016 and then from sea level to the highest roads in the French Alps in 2018 Through the amazing generosity of friends, I was able to raise serious money to help fund Big Change's incredible projects in education This year, I had to find a new target so that I didn't turn into a blob, so I signed up for something a bit different - cycling from London to Paris in TWENTY FOUR HOURS on 4th May 2019 on the @cyclel2p24 That's 300 km or 186 miles We do stop cycling for the ferry crossing, but apart from that it is approximately 20 hours on the road This is a big challenge for me - sure it doesn't have the intense climbs of Alpine Tour de France stages like last year, but 300 km is a long way I know I usually hit a mental and physical wall at about 160 km on these long rides - so I have to push through that as it will only be half way I know many of you lovely people sponsored me before, and I totally get it if you're all out of giving, but if just some of you could spare even just a few pounds that would really help support the work of Big Change, finding and funding innovative early-stage projects in education, helping them get off the ground I will per

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Want to combine the physical and the philanthropic? The athletic and the altruistic? Create a big change for young people in the UK by signing up to the STRIVE Weekender From June 21st-23rd, Team STRIVE will jog, walk and run 80km across the stunning South Downs as part of Race to the King [SIGN UP LINK IN BIO] Learn more: https://bitly/2Trq8YA

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Thank you to our partners

September saw a group of extraordinary individuals leave their comfort zones and achieve an incredible physical feat. Over the course of 31 days this team adventurers travelled over 1700kms, climbing nearly 34,000 m[...]

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Primal Cure’s top health and nutrition tips

The 2018 Virgin STRIVE Challenge is our most adventurous yet – a tough challenge requiring mental and physical strength. With this in mind, sponsor and wellness company Primal Cure have shared their ‘primal’ philosophy with these top [...]

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Jigsaw Medical’s 5 Ps for Injury Prevention

There’s no getting away from it – this year’s Virgin STRIVE Challenge is physically tough. It’s our most adventurous yet and, while we’re excited about it, we also take safety and wellbeing very seriously. We’re therefore really[...]

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Big Change Project Breakfast

“How can I, in really simple terms, explain this to my network?” This request, put forward by one of our Strivers at last week’s Big Change Project breakfast – is one we’ve been giving a lot of thought to at STRIVE HQ. The [...]

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STRIVE gets Primal

At STRIVE we believe in challenging ourselves – bringing together extraordinary people to step out of their comfort zones to achieve bold ambitions. Today we want you to meet one of our amazing Strivers – Steve Bennett, fitness guru, entrepren[...]

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AKQA sponsors STRIVE

“What makes a Big Changer? Someone who is prepared to look at things differently”. These words, spoken by Beatrice York, Big Change Co-Founder, at last week’s Alumni Event really struck a chord as we look forward to STRIVE 2018. Fre[...]

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