Wednesday, 22 November 2017

BACK AT SAINT PIUS X CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL!

I visited Saint Pius X Catholic High School today and met again the wonderful young people who we interviewed over a year ago for the Better Learners, Better Workers pilot with Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

THE BLBW MADE IN BARNSLEY AMBASSADORS VISIT THE CUTLERS HALL!

Great to see the Year 9 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' ambassadors at the Cutlers Hall this morning.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

THE BADGERS ARE MOVING THE GOAL POSTS!

I love this poem... Carol Ann Duffy tells us that all nature is in uproar, what with rule-bending ferrets, the fact-twisting skunks and the gun-jumping foxes... it explains a lot of things and makes as much sense as anything else at the moment!!
"Because the Badgers are moving the goalposts.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

BLBW AUTUMN TERM NEWSLETTER


I LOVE MATHS... BUT NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE SHARE THAT PASSION!

I have a had a great week working with some amazing young people who talked so positively about their interests and passions... social media, games, netball, gymnastics, kick boxing, swimming, reading. Sadly, as a maths teacher in the dim and distant past, no one talked about a passion for number! 

Friday, 17 November 2017

WORKWISE AND BLBW: WORKING TOGETHER!

I moved on to see John Barber at the OSL offices near Meadowhall. John, who heads up the Workwise team, and I have been working on the engineering strand of 'Made in Sheffield' and now 'Better Learners, Better Workers' since the programme started in 2011.

DARTON COLLEGE

I was at Darton College again this morning working with their new Year 9 'Better Learners, Better Workers' ambassadors. Dave Bond had organised the session for me to take them through the new BLBW materials.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

OUTWOOD GRANGE ACADEMIES TRUST

I moved on to Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield for a meeting with Julie Slater. Julie is Chief Executive of Outwood Institute of Education (OIE), Executive Principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education.

BLBW: MADE IN BARNSLEY!

 I was at The Dearne ALC again this morning with the steering group for the 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' programme...

WINGFIELD ACADEMY!

I was at Wingfield Academy earlier this week to see some of the wonderful young people on the 'Better Learners, Better Workers' engineering programme and take them through the new BLBW materials...

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

WHAT IS RESILIENCE?

HOW TO BE RESILIENT!

RESILIENCE MATTERS!

There is a great difference between failing to achieve a result and the conclusion you draw about yourself. In Carol Dweck's book 'Mindset' she explains that those who stay down after a setback make a judgment that they have failed, not just that their attempt failed. On a small scale, being resilient enables us to raise our hand and risk "sounding stupid." On a bigger scale, it allows us to try something really hard whether or not we're sure we'll do well at it.