Friday, 29 June 2012
I attended a Business Summit on skills at Sheffield Town Hall this morning. The summit, 'Refocusing education to meet the needs of employers', provided an opportunity to listen to employers and hear about the innovative work Sheffield is doing to encourage growth and enterprise and prepare young people for the world of work.
Thursday, 28 June 2012
"If I were absolutely certain about all things, I would spend my life in anxious misery,
fearful of losing my way. But since everything and anything are always possible,
the miraculous is always nearby and wonders shall never, ever cease."
People constantly tell me what they can't do but as Robert Fulgham reminds us 'everything and anything are always possible'! So we have to make our colleagues understand that they have enormous potential; that they can do anything if they work at it and believe, and that the miracles and the magic are commonplace.
It's funny but, earlier in the week, I was thinking about the team I worked with in Leeds and remembering that so many extraordinary and talented people worked with me over that amazing ten years in that wonderful city. Interestingly, they are now scattered across the educational landscape and so many of them are still changing the world. I met up with two of these very special colleagues in Sheffield yesterday...
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Saturday, 23 June 2012
Friday, 22 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
I know that we all want every child and young person to go to a great school where we release the magic and enable them to reach their potential. I was concerned therefore when a brilliant colleague was talking to me the other day about the fantastic things in her school that were stopping because the additional resources were no longer available from authorities or the Government.
Monday, 18 June 2012
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Seize the day, boys.
Make your lives extraordinary."
The Sutton Trust's brilliant publication; ‘Toolkit of Strategies to Improve Learning’ summarises some of the research evidence on improving learning and attainment to help schools to make more informed choices about how to support their students.
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
I am working on a new curriculum framework in Sheffield and Martin Seligman, Carol Dweck and Alison Duckworth all stress that resilience is a key aspect of success in learning and whether you are a parent, a teaching assistant, a teacher, a headteacher or a Director of Learning this is a critical issue!
Monday, 11 June 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
My dentist asked me last week what makes a good school? what makes a really successful school? Research clearly shows that the leadership of schools can have a hugely positive impact on the educational outcomes of young people... but success is all about TEAM!
"Devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning."
We all know and we all understand that we are facing another onslaught from our friends at OFSTED who are visiting our 'satisfactory schools' and ratcheting up the bar and rightly focusing on leadership, teaching, data, outcomes and progress. At times like this I often ask myself what are we trying to achieve together?