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Read about what we're passionate about, the initiatives we're supporting and our latest views on the world around us and how we intend to help.
September 14, 2020
Domestic ivory trade – New Zealand takes a step others should follow

Last week, the government of New Zealand took a big step forward in the protection of endangered elephants by banning the sale of elephant ivory, the country’s Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced. The ban would come by amending the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989, which will also “improve the regulatory system at the border”, […]

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September 14, 2020
City A.M.: The mutant algorithm: what actually went wrong with this year’s school exams

The Prime Minister described it as a “mutant algorithm”.  Social commentators were naturally outraged as it disproportionately upgraded the results of children from private schools, while downgrading those from state schools, especially in the poorest areas.  Few people actually understood how it worked, as the technical report from the UK Office for Qualifications (Ofqual) purporting […]

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September 7, 2020
A children’s mental health crisis in our midst

Amid the Pandemic, the larger crisis of young people’s mental health remains firmly entrenched. The collective trauma of the coronavirus pandemic is one we are all well attuned to. The disruption to our lives, the common risk of infection and concern for our loved ones has been an experience we have all endured. It is […]

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August 24, 2020
Reaction: Government must mobilise philanthropy to bridge Britain’s unfair education divide

The release of GCSE and A-level results this past fortnight has confirmed that the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children has widened for the third year running, in no small part due to the adverse effects of the lockdown. All children have had their educational development stultified by the lockdown. However, the evidence is […]

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August 21, 2020
On the importance of after-school clubs

Just as children’s education suffers the impact of COVID-19, we also start to bear the worrying fruits of past budget cuts to after-school clubs. The benefits of after-school clubs can seem both intuitive and easy-to-ignore. The social and educational benefits of children having the chance to take part in fulfilling activities, instead of leaving school […]

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July 6, 2020
Education philanthropy must be grounded in achieving impactful, tangible success

I admire the philanthropists who devote their time and wealth towards a specific cause, in an effort to solve it once and for all. I also wish that I was that optimistic about the causes that I believe in, but I’m not. Perhaps my goals are too wide. There is no single cure for most […]

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June 25, 2020
Welcome to the Nick Maughan Foundation

Many of us feel an urge to give back to the people, causes, and communities which shaped us and by which we have come to be defined and I am fortunate enough to be able to do so. I feel extremely privileged to be launching the Nick Maughan Foundation, which will be dedicating time and […]

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