EGAR Director, Sue, with her TESCO Mum Of The Year Highly Commended certificate (left) and receiving the Freedom of the City of London (right)
EGAR Director Sue (right) with Vince Cable Business Secretary (left) at the Federation of Small Businesses launch of
'Breaking Down Barriers to Entrepreneurship' at the Home Office
EGAR Director, Sue, with the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London David Wootton
EGAR staff were delighted to be invited to a Social Enterprise London reception at City Hall, where they met various members of Boris Johnson, the Mayor's London Assembly. Darren Johnson (Chair of the London Assembly) was very interested in EGAR's education work and asked to visit EGAR at their office in Islington. He spent time there talking about youth issues and looking at the range of education 'talking toolkits' and posters that EGAR designs and publishes, to support children, teenage and young people's work.
Endorsement from Darren Johnson:
'EGAR produce interactive educational games for young people, which are designed to stimulate structured discussion on vital topics for young people, such as knives, climate change and drugs. This excellent project deserves much wider recognition and I would love to see it made available to all London based Youth Services'.Darren Johnson (Chair of the London Assembly).
'Rarely do I come across resources that I want to shout about but this is one of them. These games are simple, to the point and allow workers to open up conversations without young people feeling threatened. All the groups I tried them with wanted more. I for one will be buying them. The EGAR posters are clear, make you think and start conversations. It is great to see posters that are not cheesy. You would be silly not to check these resources out!'
Richard Frankland (Prospex Youth Services Manager)
'I have a boisterous, mixed ability and background year 10 form. As a prelude to starting drugs education, I thought that I would explore the area of addiction. The form were split into two, I sat with about 14 pupils and laid out the cards from the 'Addictions' game, the rest of the form was to draw posters explaining addictions. Pupils selected a whole array of cards and explained their choices. I was quite suprised by the quality and maturity of responses as they came up with many ideas that had not occured to me and so the game clearly stimulates minds.'
Dev Nayar (Head of PSHE William Ellis Secondary School)
'As a practitioner, working with children and young people for over 29 years, I have been part of many intervention programmes. One of the many sticking points is how to get children and young people to communicate feelings and ideas that they wholly own, I believe EGAR has now provided an excellent working tool that allows that to happen. Using these games gives children and young people, parents and teachers the opportunity to work together on common themes and values that affects society today. The games are very easy to use, all you have to do is open the box and the conversations begin. It builds self esteem, team work and communication skills. You'll be suprised how easily it creates dialogue, opinions, therefore hope and solutions. I believe EGAR's resources will be a huge aid for anyone working with children and young people today.'
Tony Dallas (Facilitator of Learning)
'Teacher observations from watching lessons in EGAR revealed several examples of good teaching practise but one of the most common features was that of collaborative learning. Through group work I saw that pupils also have developed generic skills such as organisation, negotiation, delegation, team work, co-operation and leadership. The group work utilised the individual students' additional strengths and expertise. I am now using the above teaching tools (collaborative learning) that I observed in EGAR learning method and during a Class 9 observation from my line manager, stated that my practise was outstanding with very good features. Pupils also commented that they prefer to learn in this way. Throughout the lessons I am able to have learning conversations with pupils in my class. What I have observed when giving roles of responsibility within the groupings i.e. Captain for time management and completion of tasks involved, is that the most successful outcomes of using this method is that all pupils including the most disruptive student wants to complete all the tasks as they feel pressurised by their peers to not let the side down.'
Sharon Langrish (Head of Personal Social Health and Economic Education) Haverstock Secondary School
'I’m impressed by the EGAR ‘Choice’ Discussion Cards and Posters. I work with 11 to 20 year olds in an area of London where kids are under peer pressure to carry knives. They don’t like what’s going on but can be easily led and don’t think about their actions. The cards get them thinking about the consequences of what they do. I was shocked how much they opened up – it’s like planting a pea in their head; they’re more aware and start to grow. They should be used in every secondary school.'
Paul Canoville (ex Chelsea Football Player, now a Youth Worker and Teaching Assistant)