Education and skills

Education and skills

About this theme

This theme covers all aspects of learning and training at all levels, including early years, schools, universities, adult education, apprenticeships and professional development. It is one of the eight universal themes which form our grantmaking framework and allow us to address every aspect of society. Fellows’ stories

Fellows' updates September 2023 Fellow's update: Tracey Francis

Project Manager Tracey Francis' (CF 2015) Fellowship project focusing on preparing school-leavers with learning difficulties for higher education, employment or supported living. She recently gave us an update on the doors which her Fellowship have opened for her and how she is building on opportunities she has been given.

By Tracey Francis, 2023

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: Nina Smith

Former teacher, Nina Smith (CF 2023) has appeared in a couple of media outlets this month. Nina lost her younger brother to suicide and recounts her experience and hopes for the future in the articles from and Leigh Observer and Skem News. Nina will be travelling to Australia and the USA to explore school-based suicide prevention strategies.

By Nina Smith, 2023

Photograph of David Stanley

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: David Stanley

Disability Campaigner, David Stanley (CF 2019) I recently ran a unique accessible music session at 10 Downing Street. He and his Music Man Project Global Ambassadors delivered a performance workshop to pupils from Westminster primary schools as part of Downing Street’s “Lessons at 10” programme. The Prime Minister’s wife attended the session and the Prime Minister himself came along at the end. David has also undertaken a concert tour of San Diego and performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Marines. Musical theatre and TV star, Michael Ball has become a patron of David's charity. David has also continued his lobbying work by meeting with the Minister for Disabled People, Tom Pursglove MP and Penny Mordaunt MP. David was also given the Freedom of the City of Southend-On-Sea in recognition of his music education charity for people with learning disabilities. Southend Mayor Stephen Habermel bestowed the honour at a special council meeting on Thursday. Accepting his honour, David thanked his family and paid tribute to his students, his project team, and to the late MP Sir David Amess who was a keen supporter of the Music Man Project.

By David Stanley, 2023

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