Future First appoints new Chief Executive

The national education charity Future First has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer.

Matt Lent will join Future First from UK Youth in January where he is currently Director of Partnerships and Policy leading on cross-sector partnerships, income generation, impact measurement and national policy. He brings 25 years of experience in the voluntary and education sector working extensively with businesses, funders, schools, charities, and government.

For the last 13 years Matt has worked in charity leadership as a director of local youth and community services, as Operations Director at School Councils UK, a national education charity specialising in youth participation and active citizenship in schools, and more recently leading on the delivery of ThinkForward, the successful Social Impact Bond funded, five-year education- to-employment initiative.

Matt also founded the social enterprise Treetop Training and Education providing consultancy, training, professional development and project management services to the youth and education sectors. He said, “I’m very excited about joining Future First and am looking forward to working with the talented staff team. It’s a fantastic charity doing essential work with hundreds of schools and thousands of alumni and young people all over the country building networks and improving lives.

“It’s clear that the board and staff are ambitious for Future First to reach even more young people and to further deepen its impact and I’m extremely proud to be taking on the leadership of the charity to steer it through its next phase of development and growth.”

St Anthony’s School for Girls achieves ‘Outstanding’

Golders Green-based St Anthony’s School for Girls has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, following its recent Ofsted inspection. Part of the Alpha Plus Group, St. Anthony’s is a selective school for girls aged between 4-11. It provides a safe nurturing environment for young girls to thrive academically, socially and spiritually. Mrs Laura Flannery, headteacher said; “We are exceptionally proud to be recognised as an Outstanding School. We have worked closely with our parents, staff, governors, and sister school, St Anthony’s School for Boys, to provide a high-quality education in a nurturing family community.

“The Ofsted framework places a significant focus on the development of individuals across the whole curriculum. This very much complements our ethos of facilitating the achievement of academic excellence, in a caring and highly supportive, individualistic environment.”

The school achieved Outstanding in all five inspected areas. 

Children’s annual design competition back and open for entries

A national charity is on the hunt for the next budding designers as they launch their WOW badge design competition, one of the largest design competitions for children in the UK (Monday 8 January 2018).

Primary school aged children are asked to design a badge that can be used in the WOW challenge. WOW is the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

Every year over 100,000 children take part in the competition, making it one the UK’s biggest art competitions. Of the designs received, just 11 are turned into the monthly badges with winners receiving prizes for themselves and their school, including a year’s supply of WOW resources, and

the prestigious accolade of seeing their designs turned into more than 450,000 badges for use in over 2,000 schools across the UK during the next academic year.

This year’s theme is Walk the Seasons with pupils being taken on a year-round journey through autumn, winter, spring and summer - bringing to life what pupils see across the year on their journey to school.

Kevin Croasdale Schools Manager, Living Streets, said: “From serene snowy scenes to a picturesque picnic on the beach, there are lots of things children can choose. We can’t wait to see what this year’s entrants have to offer.”

Competition closes on Friday 18 March 2018. 4 do/badge-design-competition-2018

January 2018

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