Julia Weston is Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which runs the Churchill Fellowships, a unique programme of overseas research grants. The Churchill Fellowships were set up in 1965 as a national memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. They fund UK citizens from all parts of society to travel the world in search of innovative solutions for today’s most pressing challenges. Each year, up to 150 Churchill Fellows are funded to spend 6-8 weeks overseas, researching practical innovations across a range of fields in order to bring back ideas to make positive change in the UK.
In global rankings and comparisons of education systems around the world, the UK’s education system regularly scores highly. Yet, these rankings can overlook the multitude of challenges faced by teachers, parents, schools, social workers and policy makers on a daily basis, in providing the vital education and support needed by our children and young people.