This is Lights On®

Stories from our Lights On® Changemaker families.

What Gets You Out Of Bed Every Morning?

Lights On® learner, Noah (14), says, “I ran every day through lockdown and have no intention of stopping. I needed some form of exercise but, as I kept it up, it started to benefit my mental health. I felt less anxious and more relaxed. I now know running is the best way to help me manage my mental health and stay happy.”

Today is World Mental Health Day.

Young Minds, whose mission is “to ensure all young people get the best mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges” report that although 1 in 8 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder, that’s roughly three in every classroom, less than 1 in 3 get access to NHS care and treatment.*

The challenges of this year have brought mental health awareness to the forefront of our collective consciousness. During periods of lockdown, confined to our homes and neighbourhoods, many of us have had to find new ways of prioritising and protecting our mental...

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The Power of the Portfolio

Imagine being in the class of 2020, having worked your whole school career towards your all-important GCSEs, only to have the opportunity of sitting them suddenly denied you. What does a young person have beyond the grades? 

A portfolio of passion-driven, project-based learning can be a powerful record of a child’s experience, make them stand out from the crowd and help them land the job of their dreams.

Last week, Julia Black, creator of Lights On®, spoke to two young people about building a learning portfolio.

Elias is 18, a young engineer in an apprenticeship programme at WMG, an academic department at the University of Warwick, providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing and technology.

It is the job of his dreams. He had a clear engineering switch from early childhood, constructing, playing with vehicles, constantly drawing and inventing machines. As he grew, he enjoyed woodwork and undertook maker projects with his...

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