Thursday, 26 May 2016

WOW... IT SHOULD BE AN ENTITLEMENT!

It is encouraging that employers and businesses in the Sheffield City Region recognise that we need to strengthen the relationships between employers and schools, academies and colleges and boost the number, range and quality of experiences of the world of work and work placements available for all young people and particularly for those achieving average or lower than average GCSE grades. 

WOW MATTERS!

We know that young people are struggling to secure first-hand experiences of the world of work (WOW) and far too many have no real awareness or knowledge of the world of work, career pathways or future job prospects. We also know from research, evidence and some innovative projects in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, that experiences of the world of work can be a major catalyst for change among young people, particularly those who are underachieving, disadvantaged and harder to reach.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

I LOVE BARNSLEY!!

I was at Horizon Community College again last night to attend a session organised by Paul Bibby and Kelly Drury from the Barnsley Healthcare Federation. The session was for employers to let them know about ways they could help and support the 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' programme. 

SCR VISION: EDUCATION AND SKILLS WORKSHOP!

"When it comes to recruiting young people, most employers – particularly smaller businesses – value experience above all other criteria. And too few young people are gaining adequate experience of the world of work while still at school, college or university. This is contributing to fewer employers recruiting young people and finding that many of those are not adequately prepared for the world of work."
CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey (2014)

I was at Sheffield Hallam University yesterday attending the SCR Vision Process Education and Skills Workshop. We need to develop an SCR Skills Strategy and an important element is the schools and colleges piece.

GRIT = PERSEVERENCE, DETERMINATION, PURPOSE AND PASSION!

I was listening to Angela Duckworth this morning talking about grit , which is a positive trait that involves perseverance of effort to accomplish a long term goal no matter what challenges lie in the way.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

CULTURE MATTERS!

The culture of an organisation is so important. How do you move on from saying the words to actually making the cultural change? 

CULTURE CREATES GREAT LEARNING!

In this fragmented, bitty educational landscape, everyone who cares about learning needs to understand that, wherever you work, live and play, and whatever community you belong to, your beliefs, attitudes, and values determine your choices, your decisions, and your effectiveness.

Friday, 13 May 2016

CULTURE MATTERS!

The culture of an organisation is so important. How do you move on from saying the words to actually making the cultural change?

WE NEED TO CREATE A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE!!

"Whether they burst with excitement or simmer quietly, when you are in the presence of enthusiastic people, you feel happier and more excited about your life, perhaps you even feel inspired."