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01 March 2021

The great catch up debate

By Alison Ali There’s a lot of unintentional harm caught up in all the talk about the seven-month learning gap and the urgent need to catch up on the best part of a school year lost to Covid. You’d think there needs to be a mad dash to bring every child back up to where […]

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26 January 2021

A New Year’s story: How I became a full-time activist

Seven years ago, I spent New Year with my friend Artemy Troitsky and family in their dacha near Moscow. At that time, Artemy was one of Russia’s most well-known political commentators, an arch-critic of Putin and other oligarchs and a lifelong campaigner for social and political justice. He was also a rock music academic and […]

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07 January 2021

Georgia on my mind: a historic victory for Democrats

By Maxine Thomas-Asante While Trump insisted he would “ never concede” his loss of the US Presidential election, history was being made with the outcome of the US Senate race. On 5 January, many Georgians eagerly awaited the outcome of their latest trip to the ballot boxes. But didn’t they just have their election? American […]

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06 January 2021

We’ve WON!

Today we are celebrating a massive win for Can Can and the More Than A Score Drop SATs 2021 campaign! Gavin Williamson has finally seen sense and said this year’s SATs and other formal assessments will be cancelled.  His announcement comes after many months of hard campaigning by Can Can and the More Than A […]

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15 December 2020

Uniting to call for action

Our online rally for the More Than A Score campaign brought together MPs from all sides of the House, the leaders of the main three teaching unions and over 1000 school leaders, teachers, parents and supporters. But in such a high-profile line-up, the most moving and engaging contributions came from year 6 pupils expressing, from […]

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10 December 2020

Build bridges, not walls

“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” After four bitter years of division in our country, the murdered Jo Cox MP’s words have never sounded more prescient. Fighting and in-fighting have rampaged like so many wildfires through the UK and around the world: between and within […]

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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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18 November 2020

The US election: how the grassroots won for Biden

By Maxine Thomas-Asante 2020 has been a tough year. From Covid-19, to life in lockdown, to global race equality protests, we have faced enough challenges to inspire films for the next decade. However, through all of this, we have been reminded of what is most important: community. Communities have gathered, supported one another and mobilised […]

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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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