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How DfE helped learners access education. Period.

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When the government launched a state scheme providing free period products in English schools and colleges, it not only helped tackle period poverty, but broke the stigma and raised awareness about menstruation. In January 2020, the Department for Education launched a …

International Day of Persons With Disabilities 2021

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Deaf civil servant Richard Purvis sheds insight into his life, the daily challenges and dreams that motivate him.  To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, the Civil Service Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network (CSDHHN) …

Virtual reality: job inductions in the pandemic and beyond 

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Carrie Griffin from the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit shares how the new cross-Civil Service online induction course is shaping up. “Like so many others, I joined [the Civil Service] during the pandemic. My colleagues were very welcoming, but it …

Championing the Carer agenda

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Alex Chisholm, Civil Service Inclusion Champion, and Rebecca Sudworth, Deputy Champion for Carers, highlight the importance of carer awareness. Today 25 November is Carers Rights Day, an opportunity to recognise the skills and insights our carers bring to their work …

World Prematurity Day: The day everything changed 

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With 1 in 13 babies in the UK born early (before 37 weeks), Carla Giudice shares five ways the Civil Service can best support colleagues with premature babies.  My journey into parenthood started unconventionally. My pregnancy in 2016 was unexpected, …

Civil Service Awards 2021: shortlist revealed

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Drumroll... We can now present the shortlisted nominees for the prestigious Civil Service Awards 2021! Today, the Civil Service Awards 2021 officially unveiled the shortlist ahead of next month’s award ceremony, following a record number of entries. Following a refresh …

Bridging the divide to train Civil Service Leaders

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A new Government Digital Service leadership programme aims to help support our Grade 6 and 7 future leaders The Government Digital Service is an 800-strong unit whose mission is to transform the provision of public services. Our goal is to …

Black History Month 2021 in the Civil Service

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Thirty four years, and still going strong, October has marked Black History Month here in the UK. But what is it, and how does it impact civil servants? As Black History Month draws to a close, it’s got me thinking …

Me and the pink elephant 

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To mark OCD Week, Alexia Cowley myth-busts a condition which is often misunderstood and provides top tips for anyone experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I’m going to ask you to try out one thing.  Don’t think of a pink elephant. I …