Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Another Easter, another election and sadly we are still focusing attention on additional accountability, school choice and competition, short-term outcomes, and data-driven decision-making despite the evidence that any high performing countries and systems are re-examining their structures and policies to move towards learning leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability.
Monday, 30 March 2015
Everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that young people need skills to thrive and succeed at school, in the workplace and simply as adults in a complex and changing world. That we need to place emphasis on developing critical thinking, problem solving, insight and analysis. That we need to help young people develop the ability to collaborate, work in groups, read, respond and adapt.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
I don't know about you but everywhere I look the news is depressing and the world seems such a sad and unhappy place. And yet this term spending time with young people, colleagues and friends you realise how much great stuff is out there and how many extraordinary people are doing things to make a difference. We can all help. We can all make a difference. We can... just think what a better community you would live in and what a better world it would be, if we all did one of these things everyday!
Friday, 27 March 2015
I was in Sheffield this evening at Longley Park Sixth Form College to attend their celebration evening with guest speakers David Blunkett MP and Councillor Harry Harpham.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
The findings from this review of 94 studies of programmes implemented across the school and out-of-school settings in the UK shows that well-designed and well-implemented social and emotional skills development programmes can lead to a range of positive educational, health and social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for children and adolescents.
Monday, 23 March 2015
I was at Firth Park Academy very early this morning for a meeting with Zeena Rashid and colleagues who have been developing the Cultural Ambassador programme at the school. It was great to work with Zeena, Matt Bray Social Inclusion Manager at Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, Sophie Lejeune, Neighbourhood partnerships manager from Sanctuary Care and Graham Moore, Youth Partnership Coordinator at Sheffield Museums.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Thursday, 19 March 2015
We held the second passport ceremony for the Cutlers 'Made in Sheffield' programme yesterday evening at the Cutlers Hall in Sheffield! 152 young ambassadors received their passports from David Grey, the current Master Cutler in front of an packed audience of parents and carers and guests. The highlight of the evening was the contribution by Abbey Metcalfe, a retail ambassador from Westfield School, and Mbachi Kambele, an engineering ambasssador from Firth Park Academy. These two young ambassadors talked passionately about the programme and the impact it has had on their skills, attitude to work and school work.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
I am looking forward to the second passport ceremony for the Cutlers 'Made in Sheffield' Ambassadors on Wednesday evening! This year 165 ambassadors are due to receive their passports from David Grey, the current Master Cutler in front of an audience of parents and carers and guests.