Friday, 15 December 2017

SKILLS FOR LIFE AND WORK!

This review by the Early Intervention Foundation looks at the evidence of links between social and emotional skills in children and how they fare as adults.

WORLD CLASS SKILLS MUST BE AT THE HEART OF WHAT WE DO!

High-performing countries like China, Finland, South Korea, and Singapore and those like Canada and Australia, who see a future where automation, globalisation and collaboration are changing the landscape, realise the global economic landscape has changed. In response, they are re-imagining their education systems by focusing on developing world class skills. We need to persuade the powers that be here that the future is only going to be secured if we develop a World Class Learning Framework to drive our learning landscape. A framework built on World Class Skills as well as subjects.

RESEARCH TELLS US 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!  

THE FUTURE OF SKILLS: EMPLOYMENT IN 2030!

"Jobs are the cornerstone of our economic and social lives: they give people meaning, self-respect, income and the chance to make contributions to the communities where they live!"

Thursday, 14 December 2017

AND WHAT WORKS BEST IS "DOLLOPS OF FEEDBACK"!

The great thing about research is that it tells us what works and importantly what doesn't work!
The EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit reinforces John Hattie's work.

THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WORK BEST!


WHAT WORKED IN 2017!

Another year and another opportunity to reflect on what we have learned working with some great schools, great colleagues and wonderful young people. Thanks to those experiences, and the Sutton Trust, the EEF toolkit, the EPPI studies, John Hattie, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves, we know, and have the evidence for, what works, and also importantly we know what doesn’t!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!

Another blooming Christmas and as I have said for a long time we simply need stay connected with friends and colleagues and volunteer and give to others whenever and whatever we can. Interestingly, I was re-reading some research gathered on more than 1,500 children who were about 10 years old when they were first studied in 1921. This study has been used to create the most comprehensive longitudinal evidence for how to live long and prosper.

Monday, 11 December 2017

ANYONE FOR COFFEE?

Where do the years, terms and weeks go? I can't believe that it's nearly Christmas again...another year has flown by and I am constantly reminded that I don't do enough to stay in touch with friends and family and this great story reminded 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...

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE STARS!

I was in Leeds again yesterday and it was really great to have lunch with some old friends and colleagues who, after seven long years, I still miss...

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

PERHAPS WE SHOULD ALL GO OUT AND BUY SOME MARBLES?

In the hurly burly of life and work and our struggle against the challenges and problems life throws at us where there is never enough time or money to get by or to get ahead we can forget the things that matter and are really important. I am seeing some old friends today in Leeds and it's funny how Christmas brings everything into sharp focus.... it's a time when we need to be with friends, families and those we love.
This is the theory of "a thousand marbles."...

Friday, 1 December 2017

KEEP IT SIMPLE!

I have had a great week with some amazing friends, colleagues and young people and I constantly wonder why is there is so much negativity, criticism and unpleasantness around. Education, schools, teachers and colleagues, some working in some of the most challenging contexts, are doing a great job but are constantly criticised in the media, by OFSTED and by the DfE. We need to change the culture surrounding education and learning to create a more positive, reflective and supportive framework and critically we all need a rule book to help us live our lives.

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.