Friday, 31 January 2014
Sunday, 26 January 2014
After my session yesterday at York St John, I was thinking about the things that really matter...
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Friday, 24 January 2014
I was in Sheffield this week for two breakfast meetings with the employers and the schools involved in the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. We wanted to review the progress we have made and to look at how we continue to develop the work we have been doing.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
I was over in Sheffield again this morning for the Cutlers' Employers breakfast meeting. The Cutlers' Made in Sheffield Programme is developing at a pace. The scheme started with plans for one school in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. We currently have nine schools and the two Sheffield colleges working with us across six employment sectors with over 300 student ambassadors. Next year the scheme looks likely to have fourteen schools and two colleges working across ten employment sectors with over 700 students ambassadors and with the potential to reach around 20,000 students!
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Research suggests that we can change and become happier and healthier just by taking small steps which can change our lives for the better. So always remember that we need to be persistent, disciplined and work hard for as long as we possibly can and we need to stay connected with friends and colleagues. And we need to volunteer and give to others whenever and whatever we can.
Friday, 17 January 2014
I have been to some incredible learning places recently. In Leeds, Sheffield and across the country, brilliant colleagues, working in schools and classrooms, are releasing the magic and delivering world class outcomes, often against the odds.
We know what it takes to build brilliant... it's alive and well in so many places.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
I visited some great schools today and I don't know about you but I find it deeply depressing that the UK education system has one of the highest levels of variation in pupil outcomes of the world's industrialised economies, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Monday, 13 January 2014
Sunday, 12 January 2014
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."
Friday, 10 January 2014
The Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' approach has at its heart the Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" Passport to Employment. This is a mean of recognising and celebrating young people's achievement of eighteen basic, core and key skills.
The Ontario Skills Passport was developed after conversations with employers and identifies the essential skills that enable people to perform tasks required by their occupation and other activities in their daily life. Importantly, these skills provide people with a foundation for learning other skills, and enhance their ability to adapt to change.
Thursday, 9 January 2014
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Monday, 6 January 2014
Sunday, 5 January 2014
It's a sad reflection on the world that happiness is in such short supply and that so many people are searching for it. I realised a long time ago that happiness is a state of mind not somewhere you get to if you have more money, more possessions and a bigger house and car.
Friday, 3 January 2014
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
I hope that everyone who reads my blog has a happy, healthy, safe and successful 2014 and that it brings you and those you love and care about, peace, fulfillment and all the things you really, really want. Most importantly love what you are doing and simply be happy! And always remember that when it comes down to it the only things that really matter are faith, family and friends!