Friday, 24 June 2016

TODAY AS THE UK HAS DECIDED TO LEAVE THE EU, COFFEE ANYONE?

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Remember friends, faith and family matter most. There will always be time for the small stuff.  Take care of the things that really matter first. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand...
I am constantly reminded that I don't do enough to stay in touch with friends and family and this great story reminds me about the things that really matter... "A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was...

Thursday, 23 June 2016

DONCASTER MATTERS!

I was at the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce today working with Tina Slater, Business and Education Manager. We were working together develop a pilot programme which would link together the Doncaster Skills Academy with the Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Doncaster' programme.  Exciting times... watch this space!

BARNSLEY MATTERS!

I was in Barnsley again today working with Kelly Drury, who is managing the Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' programmer for the Barnsley Healthcare Federation. Kelly is the Training & Professional Development Manager for the Barnsley Healthcare Federation and it has been a real privilege working with her as we put the programme in place for students from Horizon Community College,  Holy Trinity Catholic and Church of England School and The Dearne ALC. Kelly is a passionate Barnsley FC supporter and her enthusiasm and energy are contagious and the young people who get selected for this pilot programme are going to be very lucky!!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

WHAT WOULD YOUR LIFE BE LIKE WITHOUT MUSIC AND THE ARTS?

"The arts are a central part of the human experience and young people cannot participate or understand our history without engaging in the arts..."

THE ARTS MATTER!

There are so many of us who passionately believe that every child matters, and that those who are the hardest to reach and the hardest to teach matter more. Increasingly experience tells us that for young people generally, and for those harder to reach young people, the arts matter...

Monday, 20 June 2016

BE HAPPY, STAY HAPPY!

You can get bogged down by the challenges life throws at you, but I hope this will remind you how you can be happy and stay happy!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

THE 80-20 RULE!

How do we create great schools for every child, every young person and every community? Personally, I passionately believe that the answers lie in developing collaborative and creative learning organisations built on beautiful systems, deep research, intelligent accountability and the importance of discipline and character. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

REMEMBER, YOU DON'T FATTEN A PIG BY WEIGHING IT!

At the end if yet another couple of weeks working with some great young people and their teachers in Sheffield and Barnsley, I am confused that people keep telling us that our education system in Yorkshire and the Humber is performing so poorly when compared to the best in the UK or the best in Europe let alone the best in the world.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

REMEMBER WHAT MATTERS!

It has been another busy few weeks working on strategies and data, analysis and intelligence and case studies. Another week where people focus on the wrong things... like uniform, instruction, structures and management as the keys to success and fail to recognise the importance of feedback, challenge and hands-on experience of the world of work.