Dear Mister Williamson: an open letter – makes BBC news

by | May 10, 2021 | Leadership, News, Wellbeing | 0 comments

Last year, during various lockdowns, I became a founding member of EdWellColl – the Education Wellbeing Collective. We’ve been up to many activities to support schools with Wellbeing since then, which you can read more about on our website.

The latest is an open letter to urge Britain’s current Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson to put relationships and community ahead of academic catch up…

You can read the open letter here.

…On 5th May 2021, BBC Radio Sheffield featured the EdWellColl Open Letter to Gavin Williamson. EdWellColl founding member Frederika Roberts was interviewed by Toby Foster on the Breakfast Show, and the item was covered in every news segment throughout the day, making headline news for most of the morning’s hourly news segments.

Below, you can listen back to Frederika’s interview and to a selection of the news clips.

How can you help?

To help, please share the letter and these interviews in your own social media channels and communities.

A copy of the press release is available here –

About the Education Wellbeing Collective

The Education Wellbeing Collective (#EdWellColl) were founded in 2020 by Thérèse Hoyle, an Education Consultant and Leadership Coach. The Collective’s aim is to “champion the evolution of wellbeing in schools and their communities”.

EdWellColl is an informal collective of educationalists consisting of teachers, headteachers, wellbeing and mental health experts, behaviour specialists, character education specialists, safeguarding consultants, researchers and writers. They meet once a fortnight to discuss ways to support wellbeing in education.

They have shared free resources on their website, have broadcast live panel discussions via their Facebook page (where they also share resources and information) and have written “The Big Book of Whole School Wellbeing”, due to be published in November 2021 by Corwin Press, a SAGE Publications imprint.

Anyone working in or with education and interested in joining the collective for their regular meetings and becoming more actively involved can contact them via their Facebook page or Twitter account.


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