Big Change

Big Change funds youth projects that make a big difference to young lives.

The Organization Bio

The Organization Bio

Founders:
Holly Andrewes
Sam Branson
Isabella Branson
HRH Princess Beatrice York
Sam Richardson
Phil Nevin
Founders:
Holly Andrewes
Sam Branson
Isabella Branson
HRH Princess Beatrice York
Sam Richardson
Phil Nevin
Established:
2012
Established:
2012
Headquarters:
UK
Headquarters:
UK
Countries Active:
UK and international
Countries Active:
UK and international

Big Change is reimagining education so every young person can thrive in a world of constant change. They believe education is everyone's business, so their mission is to pioneer change together. This means gathering insights from across sectors, targeting action where it's most valuable, and activating support within a diverse community so that all young people thrive.

Big Change gathers insights from across sectors, targets action where it's most valuable, and activates support within a diverse community so that all young people thrive.

  • Big Change listen and learn - with and from all parts of the system to understand what is needed to support reimagining education over the long term.
  • Big Change target support - to the most critical opportunity areas by finding and backing the leaders and projects with big vision to help them prove that a new way is both possible and powerful
  • Big Change activate a network - of people and organisations who power this change through individual effort and collective action

Big Change is taking the best ideas from around the world and adapting them to solve UK issues, because they know that big change only happens if we do things differently.

They fund in the areas where there is critical need, where they can add value, and where there is an opportunity to bring about systemic change. Big Change back pioneers who have a vision and are already striving to deliver transformational change. Their project partners think big, take leaps and make things happen because they understand there's no time to waste. Together, we can accelerate the change we all want to see to deliver a future in which all young people thrive.

They support project partners that are pre-start up or at small scale, but have the potential to scale nationally. As well as granting money, they are also committed to working alongside their project partners, to understand their needs and work collaboratively to help achieve them.

Currently, Big Change is focusing on projects that deliver impact in three key areas:

Early Development

The right support before the age of five is critical; any gaps at this age will only widen as time goes on. Children who qualify for free school meals arrive at primary school four months behind their peers; by the time they leave secondary school that attainment gap is 18 months.

That's why Big Change back projects that target early years education, including helping parents provide an emotionally safe, cognitive-stimulating environment at home to support early childhood development and have a positive impact on future academic success.

Inclusion as Strength

Exclusion from school leaves young people vulnerable. Research suggests formal school exclusions are higher among those who most need the support of an inclusive, mainstream learning ecosystem. Young people often feel excluded in other ways in our constantly changing world, with mental ill health, isolation and loneliness on the rise.

Big Change wants to strengthen inclusion by creating a system that is responsive to the needs of all children to give them the support they need to thrive in the world and shape a better future.

Teacher and Leader Agency

Teacher and school leaders are often the agents of change our learning ecosystem so urgently needs. Yet teachers are leaving the profession in increasing numbers, recruitment targets are routinely missed and many that stay say they feel demoralised, under-valued and over-worked.

Big Change is working to understand the culture, leadership and environment that will empower teachers to be agents of positive change and deliver a broader education that allows all young people to thrive.

The Big Change model really works. Here are some examples of projects that Big Change is already supporting and who are making big impact:

Voice 21

Over 3 years Big Change supported Voice 21 to provide essential education surrounding oracy. As a result of Big Change funds, oracy has become a hot topic in education and Voice 21 has a national and international reputation as one of the leading experts in the field. On 22 May 2019, the Oracy Network lead by Voice 21 officially launched the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Oracy at Westminster with chair MP Emma Hardy.

Frontline

Big Change granted funds to Frontline to enable them to train 1,000 social workers to better provide for the 500,000 UK children in care by 2020. Frontline is now the largest social work training programme in the country, with over 70,000 families having received support from Frontline trained social workers.

Bounce Forward

Big Change helped Bounce Forward to teach specific, tangible resilience skills. Their resilience workshops have already helped over 500,000 children in 750 schools, seeing an improvement in student's depression and anxiety, school attendance rates, academic attainment in Maths and English, and bullying.

In May 2019, Big Change launched a new strand of work with their Reimagining Education Together report. Reimagining Education Together began with a recognition that change was needed, but an open enquiry into how it could happen. They deliberately sought out a wide range of opinions and expertise from teachers, policy experts, employers, technologists, neuroscientists, parents and young people.

Big Change found a growing consensus that in order to support all young people to thrive in a world of constant change, we need to think differently about what we are educating for and how we are going about it. If we are to truly prepare young people for life, work and citizenship in the modern world, we need both a broader view of success and a broader view of the learning ecosystem.

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Big Change is reimagining education so every young person can thrive in a world of constant change. They believe education is everyone's business, so their mission is to pioneer change together. This means gathering insights from across sectors, targeting action where it's most valuable, and activating support within a diverse community so that all young people thrive.

Big Change gathers insights from across sectors, targets action where it's most valuable, and activates support within a diverse community so that all young people thrive.

  • Big Change listen and learn - with and from all parts of the system to understand what is needed to support reimagining education over the long term.
  • Big Change target support - to the most critical opportunity areas by finding and backing the leaders and projects with big vision to help them prove that a new way is both possible and powerful
  • Big Change activate a network - of people and organisations who power this change through individual effort and collective action

Big Change is taking the best ideas from around the world and adapting them to solve UK issues, because they know that big change only happens if we do things differently.

They fund in the areas where there is critical need, where they can add value, and where there is an opportunity to bring about systemic change. Big Change back pioneers who have a vision and are already striving to deliver transformational change. Their project partners think big, take leaps and make things happen because they understand there's no time to waste. Together, we can accelerate the change we all want to see to deliver a future in which all young people thrive.

They support project partners that are pre-start up or at small scale, but have the potential to scale nationally. As well as granting money, they are also committed to working alongside their project partners, to understand their needs and work collaboratively to help achieve them.

Currently, Big Change is focusing on projects that deliver impact in three key areas:

Early Development and Parents

The right support before the age of five is critical; any gaps at this age will only widen as time goes on. Children who qualify for free school meals arrive at primary school four months behind their peers; by the time they leave secondary school that attainment gap is 18 months.

That's why Big Change back projects that target early years education, including helping parents provide an emotionally safe, cognitive-stimulating environment at home to support early childhood development and have a positive impact on future academic success.

Inclusion as Strength

Exclusion from school leaves young people vulnerable. Research suggests formal school exclusions are higher among those who most need the support of an inclusive, mainstream learning ecosystem. Young people often feel excluded in other ways in our constantly changing world, with mental ill health, isolation and loneliness on the rise.

Big Change wants to strengthen inclusion by creating a system that is responsive to the needs of all children to give them the support they need to thrive in the world and shape a better future.

Teachers and Leaders as Agents of Change

Teacher and school leaders are often the agents of change our learning ecosystem so urgently needs. Yet teachers are leaving the profession in increasing numbers, recruitment targets are routinely missed and many that stay say they feel demoralised, under-valued and over-worked.

Big Change is working to understand the culture, leadership and environment that will empower teachers to be agents of positive change and deliver a broader education that allows all young people to thrive.

The Big Change model really works. Here are some examples of projects that Big Change is already supporting and who are making big impact:

Voice 21

Over 3 years Big Change supported Voice 21 to provide essential education surrounding oracy. As a result of Big Change funds, oracy has become a hot topic in education and Voice 21 has a national and international reputation as one of the leading experts in the field. On 22 May 2019, the Oracy Network lead by Voice 21 officially launched the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Oracy at Westminster with chair MP Emma Hardy.

Frontline

Big Change granted funds to Frontline to enable them to train 1,000 social workers to better provide for the 500,000 UK children in care by 2020. Frontline is now the largest social work training programme in the country, with over 70,000 families having received support from Frontline trained social workers.

Bounce Forward

Big Change helped Bounce Forward to teach specific, tangible resilience skills. Their resilience workshops have already helped over 500,000 children in 750 schools, seeing an improvement in student's depression and anxiety, school attendance rates, academic attainment in Maths and English, and bullying.

In May 2019, Big Change launched a new strand of work with their Reimagining Education Together report. Reimagining Education Together began with a recognition that change was needed, but an open enquiry into how it could happen. They deliberately sought out a wide range of opinions and expertise from teachers, policy experts, employers, technologists, neuroscientists, parents and young people.

Big Change found a growing consensus that in order to support all young people to thrive in a world of constant change, we need to think differently about what we are educating for and how we are going about it. If we are to truly prepare young people for life, work and citizenship in the modern world, we need both a broader view of success and a broader view of the learning ecosystem.

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