Thursday, 28 February 2013
I started the day with the Sheffield Headteachers at The Cutlers' Hall. The Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" project was the main item on this special meeting of the secondary headteachers and it was wonderful to have Neil MacDonald, the Master Cutler, Cllr Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council lead member for education and skills, and Jayne Ludlum, Director of Children's Services, all talking so positively and enthusiastically about what has been achieved so far!
"Made in Sheffield"It was an excellent session; which included a brief overview of the project, inputs by headteachers, school co-ordinators and link businesses, but the highlight for everyone was the contributions made by three young Cutlers' Ambassadors who talked passionately about the programme and why it was important. Their confidence, enthusiasm, positivity and insight, despite their nerves, was fantastic. It simply made everyone proud to be part of what is "Made in Sheffield".
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
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. As I have said for a long time we simply need to be persistent, disciplined and work hard for as long as we possibly can, stay connected with friends and colleagues and volunteer and give to others whenever and whatever we can.
Monday, 25 February 2013
I was re-reading the brilliant McKinsey Report 'How the world's most improved school systems keep getting better' again and wondering why this doesn't shape the current debate we are having here in the UK. It isn't rocket science and we simply need to:
- Understand the context;
- Develop the improvement toolkit;
- Adapt the toolkit to fit the context;
- Develop a sustainable model;
- Ignite people's commitment and passion.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Saturday, 23 February 2013
I don't know about you but I constantly ask myself what is it that makes a school, a care home, a hospital, a business or any organisation brilliant and what can we learn from what talented colleagues are doing in schools, care homes, hospitals, businesses and organisations across the country and across the world.
Friday, 22 February 2013
Thursday, 21 February 2013
I have been reading some of William Deming's work. Deming was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer and consultant. He is perhaps best known for the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" cycle popularly named after him which we know better as plan-do-review. In Japan, from 1950 onwards, he taught top management how to improve design, product quality, testing, and sales. Importantly, Deming offered fourteen key principles to managers for transforming business effectiveness. The principles apply as much to schools as to any other organisations.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
We all know that science, technology, engineering and maths really matter and that we need to ensure that our children and young people receive an education that inspires them in these critical areas. I found this brilliant infographic and wanted to share it with you...
Monday, 18 February 2013
Everyone keeps telling me that it's hard to create brilliant learning places but after nearly forty years working in and with schools I simply don't believe it! We know how to deliver outstanding outcomes and build brilliant teams... and it's not rocket science!
Sunday, 17 February 2013
"In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves
beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
I always ask myself after visiting great schools and brilliant places what is it that makes it a brilliant learning place and what can we learn from what talented colleagues are doing...
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Friday, 15 February 2013
"Almost every country has undertaken some form of school system reform during the past two decades, but very few have succeeded in improving their systems from poor to fair to good to great to excellent." Mona Mourshed, Chinezi Chijioke and Michael Barber
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Monday, 11 February 2013
We need to ensure that we target and reach those students who need us most. Our friends at OFSTED have produced some case studies identifying where schools have achieved great results using the pupil premium and published these great resources to help schools identify how they can learn and ensure that all young people achieve their potential.
Friday, 8 February 2013
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
In a world where OFSTED strikes fear into the hearts of headteachers and teachers it is important to remember that the current short-term, and quick fix interventionist approach is not based on in-depth understanding of the research evidence about what works or a detailed understanding of the context and culture of schools, but on superficial data analysis and instant judgements which don't lead to sustainable lasting change or school improvement.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
The Edge Foundation published this important report last year and anyone who is passionate about learning and that children and young people should have access to a curriculum that blends the best of academic learning and technical learning should read this report.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Saturday, 2 February 2013
The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The Toolkit currently covers 30 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost. These are the ones that also make a difference!