Supporting Statutory Sex and Relationships Education

By Elsie Whittington  I, like countless other’s welcome and support the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening’s, statement in parliament at the beginning of March which intends make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) statutory and as such delivered in all primary and secondary schools in England and Wales.  Like numerous academics, activists, and educators … Continue reading Supporting Statutory Sex and Relationships Education


Narrative, participatory methods and social transformation

Blog by Bella Wheeler On 16th November 2016, I attended a workshop organised by the University of East London Centre for Narrative Research at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education in London. The workshop was hosted by Professor Michelle Fine, from City University of New York (see and Professor Jill Bradbury, … Continue reading Narrative, participatory methods and social transformation

Presenting PhD research

A few weeks ago I attended the Joint Social Work and Education Conference (JSWEC) 2016 at the Open University in Milton Keynes. I was there to present my PhD research recommendations and to join debates about the current challenges facing social work practice and education. It was an opportunity to reflect on the identity of … Continue reading Presenting PhD research


We’re All Going To MMU…

A couple of summers ago a colleague mentioned that she’d been to the Summer Institute in Qualitative Research at MMU and had found it hugely stimulating. I remember at the time regretting that I had not been sharper in making time to go. So when a couple of colleagues mentioned that they’d signed up this … Continue reading We’re All Going To MMU…


A jouney to a PhD Studentship

By Sarah Goldsmith I started the MACYS course in September, after many years working as a playworker in after school clubs and holiday clubs as well as delivering playwork training. The MACYS course enabled me to think differently about various aspects of childhood across a range of disciplines, which has in turn allowed me look … Continue reading A jouney to a PhD Studentship


Winter Graduation

Wonderful to be at Winter Graduation today and to congratulate 2 MACYS students (Jessica and Arlie) receiving their Masters degrees, two MSc Social Research Methods students (Elsie and Louise) and 3 PhD students (Rebecca, Claire and Denise) all linked to CIRCY. Many others couldn’t be there in person because of work or because they are … Continue reading Winter Graduation