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21 June 2021

New film wins 2.4 million views

How do you create a social media film that goes viral and gets more than 2.4 million views in a few short weeks?

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21 June 2021

Top tips for live interviews

We received some positive feedback on a recent interview Can Can founder Alison Ali did with Julia Hartley-Brewer about SATs and other high-stakes government assessments of primary-aged children.

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21 May 2021

How to influence policy

On the More Than A Score campaign, we have been working hard over the last few months to build unity of opinion amongst all major stakeholders and policy influencers in the arena of primary assessment – ie SATs and other high-stakes, high-pressure statutory tests.

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21 May 2021

Vibrant new campaign launch

This month Can Can worked with fellow parent campaigners from Save Our Schools and other groups to launch a vibrant new campaign called #TurnThePage. Their short, sharp, 30-minute online rally saw parents from across the country gather to hear Michael Rosen, 13-year-old Aisha, a head teacher and Can Can founder Alison Ali talking about what […]

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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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