Stephen Lloyd Award

We are delighted, and humbled, to tell you that we have won a Stephen Lloyd award!    Stephen spent the majority of his working life enabling charities and social enterprises to fulfil their potential.  He joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, a commercial and charity law firm based in London, in 1980.  Attracted by their slightly unusual working ethos, he developed his legal practice by making it easier for charities and social enterprises to operate.  He became an expert on social Read more…

Learning Differences

What is a learning difference?  There are several common learning differences and they are dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia and dysgraphia [1]. As a teacher, or someone that works with young people it is important to be aware of how learning differences can impact someone. Therefore, we have summarised several learning differences below with an explanation of how the learning difference could typically impact a young person.  Dyslexia  Dyslexia is characterised by:  Spelling that’s unpredictable and inconsistent  Putting letters and figures the wrong way round   Confusing Read more…

School to Prison Pipeline: Teachers

Being a teacher means there is pressure from all sides: pupils, parents, and head teachers. Not to mention worries over the Ofsted inspection, and now whether or not half of your class will turn up because of a global pandemic. In the latest in our series on the School to Prison Pipeline we look at those in the middle of it all; the teachers just trying to do their jobs.   On the frontline   In April 2021, the teaching union Read more…

Understanding Autism

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Autism is described as “a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world” (1). One in 100 people are on the autistic spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK (2). Beyond Autism have an informative picture on their website listing some of the statistics for the UK if you would like to find out more.  So what does all this really Read more…

More Than One Route

True ‘intelligence’, covers many, many different qualities. As Einstein once said, ‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll live its whole life believing that it’s stupid’. The truth is, we’re all ‘intelligent’; just in different ways, at different things.  Why is this important to know? Because our education system does not always recognise this. There’s a whole list of reasons why it might not do so, but that’s a different story for a different blog. For now, though, we’ll explore a central idea that forms a large part of Read more…

October 21 – World Values Day

“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values, and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” Michelle Obama [1]  In this quote, the attorney, author and former first lady of the United States sums up what values are; they are what drive our behaviour and the decisions we make.   Without knowing what we value we can easily give in Read more…

School to Prison Pipeline: the policy makers

At one end of the School to Prison Pipeline is the student. A young person whose life has been turned upside down. At the other are the people making the laws for our education system: the elected government and its civil servants.  So, in the latest in the School to Prison Pipeline series, we want to look at what the government is doing to change things.    The Government’s Timpson Review  In May 2019, the government commissioned a report Read more…

Our Personal Development Workshops

Our young people are the future of, well, everything.  We need to allow them to have a voice, a safe space in which to use that voice, and encourage and support them to reach their goals.    Were you encouraged to have an open mindset as a child?  Did your parents and teachers give you everything you needed to succeed?  There is so much potential in our young people, but sometimes they need to be encouraged and empowered to Read more…

Black History Month

Black History Month Black History Month is an important event in our calendar. It aims to celebrate the lives, contributions and events of African Americans in the United States (NatGeoKids).  But how did it start? And why do we celebrate it in the UK?  Black History dates back to the early 1900’s. It was created due to the lack of public information about Black people and events. In 1926 the Association for the Study of Read more…

How exercise could improve behaviour

Wednesday 22 September is National Fitness Day [1]. National Fitness Day raises awareness of the importance of exercise. At a time when anxiety and mental health problems have increased in young people, because of the pandemic [2], getting active has never been more important.  Why exercise is good for you  The health benefits are widely known. For instance, the British Heart Foundation say that being active reduces risk of some heart and circulatory diseases by as much as 35% Read more…

Checking In

We’ve had a rough couple of years, haven’t we?  We don’t think anyone will look back on 2020/2021 and say ‘oh yeah, had such a great time that year’.  It’s been pretty difficult, and it’s been even more difficult for young people.  Being young can be challenging at the best of times, throw in a pandemic and it’s just… well, you know what we’re talking about.  We’ve all lived it together. And that’s not to say life gets any easier just because you’re an adult.  Mental health affects Read more…

School to Prison Pipeline – Is there a better way?

In 2020 we created the School to Prison Pipeline.  In one image, we show the risks to young people getting sucked into a life in which education gets harder to access. A life that too often leads to crime, prison and reoffending.  It was the reason Sabrina Jones founded Say it With Your Chest. The aim is to help young people find a way out through one-to-one mentoring and groupworkshops (see more about the Switch Ambassador Programme).    But Read more…

The Power of Words

Teaching.  It’s a powerful vocation. You’re responsible for shaping young lives and helping them grow and achieve everything they dream of. Your words also contribute to shaping a young person. For example, negative words and labels can crush a child’s confidence and, sometimes, they may not recover from the confidence blow. We have spoken to various adults who still view themselves in the same negative way which their teachers described them several years ago. This has impacted their confidence, sense of self Read more…

Never assume, just ask

At age 14 I had already been fixed period excluded 100 times. My year leader felt it was time for a chat. “You really are breathing valuable oxygen someone else could be using” she said. Well, I knew she didn’t like me but this was a whole new level for our relationship! She said I would amount to nothing. So, my mind was made up. I decided that I would not return to such a Read more…

What volunteering has taught me

Hi my name’s Khadija and I’ve been a volunteer with Say It With Your Chest since February 2021.  I have over 10 years’ experience of working in Compliance and Risk Management within the Financial Services sector, however I decided to take a career break so that I could use my skills and experience to make a difference in my local community.   Volunteering with Say It With Your Chest was a “no-brainer” for me as I share the passion for empowering Read more…

National volunteers week

Tuesday 1st June – Monday 7th June 2021  is National Volunteers Week! Volunteering is a great way of making a fantastic contribution to a good cause and to the wider community. Volunteers Week is the time to celebrate volunteers and their contribution.   Why should you volunteer?  As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too; helping other people also helps you feel good! Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost Read more…

From being excluded to becoming a teacher

Trigger warning – this blog post discusses self-harm, suicidal feelings and bulimia. Year 11 I was excluded for six weeks in year eleven, shortly before my GCSEs. I was very unwell at the time: I’d attempted suicide twice, spent my sixteenth birthday in hospital, and had an eating disorder for several years. I found school difficult and was often absent or walking out of classes. However, the immediate trigger for my exclusion was when the school Read more…

Say It With Your Chest interviews a former teacher

What is your background in the education sector? I have worked in selective schools, state schools and pupil referral units. However, I left the education sector after four years because I felt that is was failing certain students. What is your understanding of our work? The work that Say It With Your Chest does is so important because you not only work with young people to stop them from being the next statistic on the school Read more…

New services now live

We are excited to announce the launch of our new services thanks to funding from The Phoenix Fund. To celebrate the launch with you, we will be offering a discount of 10% on all services which are booked in April 2021. To be eligible for the discount the services have to be delivered and completed by December 31st 2021. Public speaking  We can be a panelist for your event or deliver a talk or presentation Read more…

Covid and personal development

Covid Like an iceberg the real danger of this Covid pandemic lies hidden below the surface.  Lots of the damaging effects of Covid are communicated to us daily. For example: how many new infections there are the number of people admitted to hospital the number of people who have sadly died the amount of people who have had their first dose of the vaccine the impact of Covid on the UK economy What is hidden, Read more…

Children’s Mental Health Week

It is children’s mental health week. So this is a blog where we will share some practical top tips to help improve mental health. We will also be discussing how children’s mental health has been impacted by the pandemic. OUR TIPS Here are some of our tips for children who are struggling with their mental health. Please feel free to also download our image and share it with others. WELL-BEING AND ATTAINMENT Whilst the government has Read more…

Launch of new services

We are excited to be launching new services in March thanks to funding from The Phoenix Fund. Public speaking – we can be a panelist for your event or deliver a talk or presentation that is tailored to your needs. All services can be delivered online or in person. Personal development workshops – we will deliver fun and engaging self- development group workshops for young people aged 11 – 25 across the United Kingdom. The workshops are Read more…

School exclusions during the pandemic

So, 2020 is the year that home schooling, online lessons, face masks and social distancing became the norm. It is nearly a year later and the new norm has not changed. So it makes sense why both pupils and school staff are finding navigating the pandemic and their new norm hard.  Old challenges but also new challenges will have been created in the classroom and in online lessons because of the pandemic.  To minimise the Read more…

School exclusions

What are school exclusions? Before we talk about school exclusions lets define school exclusions. So, the term ‘exclusion’ was first used in the Education (No 2) Act 1986, which explained different types of exclusion: fixed period and permanent (Berridge, 2001). A fixed period exclusion is when a child is temporarily removed from school for up to a maximum of 45 days in an academic year. If someone is permanently excluded this means that the child cannot Read more…

Nomination for the escape 100

Earlier this week, we were thrilled to learn that we have been nominated as one of the most progressive organisations to work at. This award is known as the escape 100. The award is hosted by Escape The City. This year has been a hard year for everyone so this nomination means a lot to us. Thank you, to whoever nominated us it not only made our day but it made our year.

If I could go back in time

Primary school Year 5 was the first time I got excluded. I was getting rude to a student and the whole class was laughing. The teacher then stepped in and embarrassed me by belittling me in front of my peers. I did not like the feeling of embarrassment and I did not know how to effectively process what I was feeling, so I lashed out and punched the teacher on the arm. I got excluded. Read more…

Diverting pupils from the school to prison pipeline

Our founder and CEO recently wrote an article for a magazine about diverting pupils from the school to prison pipeline. Below is an adapted version of the article. However, if you would rather read the full article directly from the Educate magazine the article can also be accessed here on page 50. We must divert pupils from the pipeline ‘EMPOWERING young people to be the best version of themselves’ is the motto of not- for-profit Read more…

School To Prison Pipeline Talk At Goldsmiths’ University of London

SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE Sabrina our founder and CEO delivered a talk at Goldsmith’s University of London about the school to prison pipeline. Some of the main points that she spoke about have been included in this blog post. The school to prison pipeline is a process where certain disciplinary practices in schools, increases the likelihood that certain students will come into contact with the  criminal justice system. Please see below a poster ( figure Read more…

Say It With Your Chest Speak At A Serious Violence Collective

We  spoke at a serious violence collective  about our work with young girls who are likely to be excluded and exposed to violence. We feel that it is important that we share what we have our learnt based on our work. So below you will see a short summary of our top tips of how to best support and champion girls affected by serious violence. Listen to understand and do not listen to respond. Alot Read more…

Knife Crime Panel At Parliament

Currently, there are not enough preventative methods for knife crime and this is something that needs to change. This blog post will offer our perspective on how knife crime has impacted those we work with whilst also giving you an insight as to why some students get involved in knife crime. We will also outline what changes we believe need to be made in society to reduce knife crime. We have adapted our speech that Read more…

Say It With Your Chest Are Awarded Money To Expand Impact

Our founder Sabrina has been attending a 10 week business development course to develop Say It With Your Chest. At the end of the course she had to pitch the concept behind Say It With Your Chest to a panel of judges. We are happy to announce that Sabrina was awarded first place in the pitching event which means that we can expand Say It With Your Chest with the money that we have been Read more…

Should Mental Health Be Covered In The Curriculum?

Teaching mental health in the curriculum we believe will be good for students and teachers. This is because it may encourage students who would normally not speak up to seek extra support. Also, mental health being taught in the curriculum will give teachers a better understanding of disorders which they may have not previously understood. What is the current problem? 71% of teachers told the charity (Mental Health Foundation) that they lack the right training Read more…

Mental health And Exclusions

This blog post was written for Say It With Your Chest by Candice Williams who is a mental health blogger. As some of you may know, May is mental health awareness month. With exclusions currently being a key topic of discussion it is a crucial time to understand a) if there is a relationship between poor mental health and exclusions and b) what the relationship is. Mental health includes our physical, psychological, social and emotional Read more…

Exclusion From A Students Perspective

Three students discuss their opinions of exclusions. These students have started their own campaign called No Lost Causes as they wanted to start a youth-led movement which represents the change that the education system needs. To follow their journey you can find them on twitter and instagram by searching: @NLcauses and for enquiries contact them by emailing nolostcausescsn@gmail.com

Exclusion From A Social Workers Perspective

Having seen the transition for many children within the system, from education, I have noticed that there is a growing trend in the poor life outcomes for children who are excluded from school. School exclusion, not only puts these vulnerable children at risk from attaining low educational prospects, it also puts them at risk from other societal factors that contribute to imprisonment, substance abuse and mental health disorders. Although I understand that teachers are supposed Read more…

Exclusion From A Teachers Perspective

Are you okay?Do you feel safe?How are you today? A question i ask and fear the answer, knowing i have little time to listen, if a child does choose to open up. Would you bother to express emotion to someone who is partly listening and partly watching the 29 other students? When full attention is needed how can it be given when a teachers main duty is teaching. In-between marking, planning, assessment, ensuring progress, safeguarding, Read more…