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27 November 2020

When will policy makers ditch the gloss and listen to educators?

This week’s Spending Review served up cold comfort to educators and our nation’s children. Along with headteachers, teachers, unions and parents, here at Can Can we campaigned long and hard to win Boris Johnson’s vaunted election promise of a £14 billion cash injection for schools, which, in one of those fiscal sleights of hand we’ve […]

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18 November 2020

Open letter makes headlines

An open letter signed by over 1,200 school leaders – facilitated by Can Can – made headlines in the Sunday Times. Using our extensive network of primary school leaders, we collected signatures from heads, governors and other senior figures in schools across the country. The letter, outlining the reasons why SATs and other primary assessments […]

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16 November 2020

“A pivotal moment”: the More Than A Score heads webinar

Hundreds of school leaders from across the country were joined by MPs, experts and parents on the recent More Than A Score webinar. The event was created, promoted and run by Can Can and allowed a range of voices to unite in their view that statutory assessments are the last thing schools need in the […]

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01 October 2020

New film tops 40,000 views

“I care”, a film targeting headteachers and created by Can Can for More Than A Score has won more than 40,000 views in just two weeks. It also helped attract more than 200 school leaders to a webinar on assessment, which featured Kate Green, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Daisy Cooper Lib Dem […]

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01 October 2020

Micro-film campaign launched

We’re pleased to have been commissioned by the NEU to produce a new series of micro-films. The “Fair Grade” campaign calls on the government to plan ahead to avoid the same 2021 GCSE/A Level grading fiasco that hit students so hard in 2020. The series of self-shot films, with students, parents and teachers talking direct […]

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19 May 2020

Micro-film campaign wins more than 250,000 views in a week

In the light of Covid-19, which has put extraordinary pressure on schools, Can Can built huge momentum in the More Than A Score campaign against primary school testing.

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05 May 2020

Postcard to Parliament

Can Can repurposed its ‘real world’ grassroots Postcard to Parliament campaign to create a successful virtual postcard action. In early May the DfE was bombarded with postcards via Facebook and Twitter. During a news cycle dominated by Covid, engagement was still above 2% and the Facebook post was shared almost 500 times in less than […]

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10 March 2020

Parents and heads in joint brief to Parliament

An event organised and run by Can Can and supported by the NEU saw academics, parents and headteachers from across the country brief MPs on the government’s damaging primary school testing regime.

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01 March 2020

Research shows what parents really think about testing

Can Can has developed YouGov research and a report to survey the views of over 2,000 parents of children in state primary schools for campaign group More Than a Score. The research reveals that parents do not appear to need or trust the data gathered by government during formal tests, providing good evidence for the […]

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