Ewan worked hard and was very proud of this news feature on LGBT+ mental health among young people, published for The Independent.
After Pat Sowa told a conference of teachers about how her son Dom took his life after experiencing bullying for his sexuality at school, Ewan reached out to Pat. He interviewed her about what could be done to make LGBT+ young people, like himself as a gay man, better in the education system. LGBT+ mental health is an issue he feels very passionate about and he would appreciate it if you read the piece, which he hopes sends a vital message of change.
This story, Ewan’s fourth for The Independent, saw Ewan work closely with Social Affairs correspondent May Bulman on an in-depth scoop about an alleged government cover-up involving food banks and Universal Credit. It was shared more than 15,000 times on social media and had a reach of hundreds of thousands.
See it published for The Independent here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-banks-universal-credit-dwp-jobcentres-uk-a8769921.html
Ewan co-bylined this story for The Independent on rising pay of academy bosses at a time when the education system is facing a crisis. He provided the research/analysis element of the story, delving into the accounts of 28 academy trusts to find levels of pay and, crucially, whether they had increased on the previous year – an analysis that went on to be the top line for the story.
See it published for The Independent here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/academy-chains-school-salaries-pay-rise-chief-executives-lord-agnew-a8770716.html
In this co-bylined story for The Independent, Ewan flagged to the newsdesk to the fact that Warwick University students were marching on campus against the institution’s handling of the group chat scandal, he followed the lively reaction from Warwick University’s campus using TweetDeck and gathered photos and quotes from students on campus about what was happening and how they felt.
Writing for The Independent, Ewan interviewed several parents from Steiner Schools across the country and researched several campaigns by Steiner parents against Ofsted for this Independent story, focusing on those school communities fighting back against damning Steiner judgements.
In his first story for The Independent, Ewan interviewed one of the victims of the Warwick University group chat scandal and researched the different elements of the story with the Education Correspondent