Sunday, 15 December 2013

Most promising newcomer to education journalism 2013

This year I was shortlisted for a CIPR Education Journalism Award in the most promising newcomer to education journalism category.

This recognised articles I had written for Children & Young People Now magazine on the ratios debate in the early education sector in 2013. In January the government published plans to change legal ratios of childcare providers to children in early years settings. This was met with huge opposition from early education providers, which eventually prompted the government to u-turn on the policy.

The full short-list for the award is available here.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Guardian Voluntary Sector Network: Institutes

In What can an institute do for you? I explored why so may organisations are currently setting up institutes - especially in a recession.

The piece is full of examples of how this can help organisations achieve their aims, and how to best go about it.

You can read the article in full here

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Guardian Women: Gay women in the media

My blog for the Guardian Women's pages presents the arguments voiced by top gay female journalists at an event I organised with Women in Journalism and Diva magazine.

My idea for the debate followed Diva magazine's launch of its Everyday Lesbophobia campaign.

The event prompted three comment pieces in total, and plenty of Twitter activity under the hashtag #WIJlesboph.

You can read my article in full here

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Telegraph Wonder Women - Matching the men pint for pint is one area of equality we should ditch

Drinking less alcohol is something that would benefit everyone. But in this piece I argue why women in particular need to assess their behaviour.

Read the article in full on the Telegraph WonderWomen site, and find out more about the Dry January campaign at

Monday, 14 October 2013

London Review of Books: Political blogging - young people

My recent blog for the London Review of Books Blog argued against the Conservative party's plans to cut benefits for under 25-year-olds, and for Labour's plans to lower the legal voting age to 16.

Read it in full at

In the past I have also blogged about issues affecting young people for Left Foot Forward

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Senior reporter for Children & Young People Now

In September I left my position as senior reporter at Children & Young People Now magazine.

At CYP Now I covered early years, education, youth work, child poverty, children's rights, parenting and play.

This included daily online news reporting, analysis pieces for the weekly magazine, profile interviews and investigations.


Investigation: Almost half of councils plan to withhold money earmarked for free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds from early years providers

News: Local school transport changes 'will fail children with SEN' 

Analysis: Anti-ratios campaigning pays off

Interview: NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless

Interview: Government childcare advisor Professor Cathy Nutbrown


Monday, 1 April 2013

Global development blog: Would better street lighting help street children in Sierra Leone?

Street children working in the dark, Makeni
In this article I considered how improving street lighting might help protect vulnerable, homeless children living in Sierra Leone.

You can read it published as a blog on charity StreetInvest's website: Sierra Leone’s street children’s illuminated future.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The Times - Front page exclusive: tax evasion investigation

Today the Times publishes the results of a long-term investigation into a shocking tax evasion scheme run through one of the UK's largest charities. I worked with the Times to break this story and provided the initial leads.

The case raises serious questions about the efficiency of the Charity Commission, HM Revenue & Customs and the UK tax system which allows such practices to happen.

Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, told the Times: “Of all the tax avoidance schemes I have come across, this is perhaps the worst. I thought I was past being shocked, but this genuinely has shocked me."

Read the full story here: Charity at heart of massive tax avoidance scam and here: Charity donated £55,000 while its investors claimed £46m in gift aid