St Gove the Dragon slayer – a new Classic

The British view Europe from its periphery, barely aware that the youth in its southern states are rioting with anger as they bear the brunt of the economic crisis. In our country the same cohort seem bedraggled; leaden with passivity Continue reading

Reflections on Mock Trials March

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March was a busy month for us in the Mock Trials Team. We spent the first three Saturdays travelling around the country observing the local heats of  the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition – I personally attended heats in Reading, Birmingham and Manchester. And Continue reading

Why take part in Lawyers in Schools?

Trainee solicitor Tamara Vasiljeva, co-ordinated volunteers and took part in the Lawyers in Schools programme for McDermott Will & Emery this year. They are partnered with London Nautical School in Lambeth. Tamara tells us why she enjoyed volunteering her time Continue reading

Learning about sustainability and buying saris!

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Sustainable water pump at NIE Crest

So its day 3 of our India trip,and we have done so much today!! For some reason we woke up at 4:30 to the sound of screaming cats and couldn’t get back to sleep! We had an amazing breakfast, which consisted Continue reading

Giving Nation go to India

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On Saturday 16 February, five students from Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ school in Barnet will embark on a trip of a lifetime: a week long expedition to India to witness the work of the charity Raleigh International. The girls, who won Continue reading

My first Lawyers in Schools session…


Monday 12th November saw the first Lawyers in Schools sessions of 2012/13 for Burlington Danes Academy. There, lawyers from Olswang and BBC Worldwide work in partnership to deliver the programme to two Year 10 classes. As always the first session Continue reading

Young people despair over prospects of a one-dimensional curriculum

This blog picks up on last week’s decision by the UKYP to campaign for ‘a curriculum that prepares us for life’. The back-story is at the end, should you need it. If you’re sixteen, all you’ve heard about education in Continue reading

UK Youth Parliament votes for this year’s campaign: Education that prepares for Life

Today, UKYP members sat in the House of Commons for their third historic debate. Each represented their constituency from around the UK and had been voted in by their peers in a representative process. After polling 250,000 of their peers, Continue reading

Remembrance as an act of citizenship


The many poppies of 2012 remind us again of the terrible conflicts of the last century and the fewer dreadful ones of this, lest we forget… In a world where violent deaths are much less common the remembrance of war Continue reading

The good and bad of being nothing… (and why citizenship education challenges that)

I have been using a sticky metaphor for citizenship education recently. Imagine the timeline of history as a stick of rock… The beginning of the stick is, say, the dawn of civilisation in Britain, and we can move along it Continue reading