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Leading figures in education convene to tackle serious violence

Leading figures from across the education sector have been brought together to help schools protect children from serious violence.

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) has convened the influential group to shape its forthcoming Education Practice Guidance, scheduled for release in May 2024.

Among those who are lending their insight and expertise are Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, Sir Martyn Oliver, His Majesty’s Chief Inspector at the Office for Standards in Education, and Owen Evans, His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales.

The YEF’s Education Practice Guidance will recommend the most effective approaches that schools, colleges and Alternative Provision settings can take to prevent children and young people from becoming affected by violence.

The expert group will meet to advise on the Guidance’s recommendations and its implementation. They’ll also collaborate with the charity to shape its future policy positions for the education sector.

Experts on the YEF’s Strategic Group include:

Claire Heald
Director of Education / Academies Enterprise Trust
David Hughes CBE
CEO / Association of Colleges
Dheeraj Chibber
Luton Corporate Director, Children, Families and Education
Geoff Barton
General Secretary / Association of School and College Leaders
Gill LaRocque
Head Teacher / Saffron Valley Collegiate
Hamid Patel
Sir Hamid Patel CBE
Chief Executive / Star Academies
Kiran Gill
CEO / The Difference
Leora Cruddas CBE
CEO / Confederation of School Trusts
Martha Chapman-Nisar 
Sir Martyn Oliver
Chief Inspector / Ofsted
Natalie Perera
CEO / Education Policy Institute
Owen Evans
Chief Inspector / Estyn
Dame Rachel de Souza
Children’s Commissioner for England / Children’s Commission
Sarah Johnson
President / National Organisation of PRUs and APs

Jon Yates, Executive Director at the Youth Endowment Fund, said: “School absence and violence are two of the most pressing issues impacting children and young people today. But as the knowledge and expertise of our Strategic Group demonstrates, there’s a real determination and commitment from across the sector to tackle these problems head-on and find effective solutions.”