Saturday, 21 October 2017

NO ONE ACHIEVES ANYTHING ON THEIR OWN... TEAMWORK MATTERS!

In an increasingly complex world where colleagues, families, schools and businesses are facing relentless pressure, facing higher and higher expectations and facing increased and increasing demands to do things more efficiently and more effectively, we need to remember that teamwork matters!

WHATEVER YOU DO, SUCCESS CRITICALLY DEPENDS ON SHARING, NETWORKING AND LEARNING!

Friday, 20 October 2017

DARTON COLLEGE AND 'BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS: MADE IN BARNSLEY' WORKING TOGETHER!

I was at Darton College again this morning... I was there to meet Dave Bond who had managed to get a group of Y9 students together, who were interested in finding out more about the 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' programme, after the introductory assembly Sarah Ward and I ran for the whole yeargroup. 

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP US?

Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) is now working with 30 schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield... and importantly we are working with over 500 ambassadors in key employment sectors. We now need new funding to help us take Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) to the next stage...

BLBW GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH!

Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) has reached its targets as agreed with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)... we are now working with 30 schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield... and importantly we are working with over 500 ambassadors in key employment sectors... and we are constantly looking for ways to improve and further develop the programmes. As part of this development, our new materials... a new ambassador handbook, a new ambassador skills booklet... will be available next week.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

MEETING WITH EDGE FOUNDATION!

I had great meeting this morning with Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research, at the Edge Foundation and my colleague Rob Walker from Sheffield City Council.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

FACT: OFSTED IS NOT A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TOOL!!

If it was we would have a brilliant education system here in England since we are the most checked up on and observed school system on the planet... and the latest OECD/PISA evidence shows that we are still struggling to build brilliant teaching and learning. Clearly, we need to improve teaching and learning in every classroom and develop a coaching culture where practice and hard work builds success but 'you don't fatten the pig by constantly weighing it'!! 

WISE WORDS FROM THE CBI!

“Getting the next generation on the escalator to achieve their potential is one of the most exciting challenges we face. Businesses have traditionally focused on education at 14 plus, but it’s clear we need to tackle problems earlier, instead of applying a sticking plaster later on. We have some great teachers and average grades are rising, but we’ve been kidding ourselves about overall standards. By teaching to the test, too many young people’s individual needs are not being met, and they are being failed by the system. Government reforms are heading in the right direction, but are not sufficient on their own and must go further and faster. As well as academic rigour, we need schools to produce rounded and grounded young people who have the skills and behaviours that businesses want.” 
John Cridland, CBI Director-General

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

THE AMAZING QUEENSFERRY CROSSING!

I was in Scotland over the weekend and visited South Queensferry where the new Queensferry Crossing has just been finished and what a feat of engineering it is. The new bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, is an amazing structure and opened on 30 August 2017. The 1.7 mile (2.7km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. 23,000 miles of cabling, 35,000 tonnes of steel and 150,000 tonnes of concrete were used to construct it. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant at a total cost of over £1.35 billion.

Friday, 13 October 2017

THE CUTLERS' COMPANY EDUCATION COMMITTEE!

I was in Sheffield yesterday meeting with the Cutlers' Education Committee which is guiding the Cutlers' 'Better Learners, Better Workers' scheme.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

PENISTONE GRAMMAR SCHOOL STUDENTS START THEIR JOURNEY!

Sarah Ward and I were at Penistone Grammar School this afternoon working with Nick Green, who had managed to get a group of students who might be interested in the 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' programme. Sarah and I were there to deliver a workshop to explain the approach, the programme and the opportunities and challenges ahead for any students interested in working with us over the next two years.

WE KNOW THAT SKILLS MATTER!

It isn't just me... we all know that adults with skills have better outcomes in the world of work than their less proficient peers, have greater chances of being employed and if employed earn more!