Saturday, 30 April 2016
The Sunday Times published its latest Rich List last weekend, and if like me you are fed up, with the vacuous celebrity culture that dominates everything in this country and the way the media and the rich and famous take advantage of the rest of us, you probably need encouragement to get you through the dark days and the long weekends.
Friday, 29 April 2016
Character, skills and attributes lie at the heart of the Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' approach and there is a growing body of research that suggests that there are a set of 'soft' skills, attributes and character traits that, while not easy to measure, lie at the heart of success at school, at work and in life in general.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
It has never been more important to help young people develop the essential skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil their potential and thrive in the world of work. I met Joe Leech, an old colleague, last week at Get Up to Speed at Magna. Joe is Director of 'big green fox' a pioneering company, unique in their commitment to careers education starting in primary schools, and is supporting educators in delivering a competency, not just content, based education which helps young people better understand why they are attending school.
Monday, 25 April 2016
When the going gets tough, we must simply...
stay focused, stay determined, stay optimistic, roll our sleeves up and work even harder!
Sunday, 24 April 2016
This Sunday, remember what is important in life. It is't fame or celebrity or money... it's faith, friends and family. I was contacted by an old friend this week and it reminded me that when it comes down to what really matters, faith, family and friends make life worth living!
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Friday, 22 April 2016
The NFER has published this really interesting report outlining strategies to keep students engaged. Importantly this isn't simply about young people who are at risk of becoming NEET. These elements should lie at the heart of provision for all young people...
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Schools again this year took part in the 'Made in Sheffield' Innovation Competition, which is judged at GUTS and is part of efforts to attract and prepare young people for apprenticeship opportunities. The innovation competition sees local companies buddying with local schools, presenting them with a real business challenge or opportunity, which they work on together and present their work to a panel of judges from the business community. Against fierce competition from school teams across South Yorkshire the individual winner came from....
OUTWOOD ACADEMY CITY
Schools again this year took part in the 'Made in Sheffield' Innovation Competition, which is judged at GUTS and is part of efforts to attract and prepare young people for apprenticeship opportunities. The innovation competition sees local companies buddying with local schools, presenting them with a real business challenge or opportunity, which they work on together and present their work to a panel of judges from the business community. Against fierce competition from across South Yorkshire this year’s winning team came from...
FIRTH PARK ACADEMY
FIRTH PARK ACADEMY
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
I was in Sheffield again this afternoon at the steering group meeting for the Arts and Culture strand of the Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' programme.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) report 'Lifelong Learning: Reforming education for an age of technological and demographic change' was published this week and once again an influential group are challenging the current thinking about the curriculum, skills versus knowledge and understanding, careers guidance and the place and value of work experience.
Monday, 18 April 2016
The Erasmus+ Project ‘Passport to your Future’ aims to boost the employability skills of European teenagers through a collaborative project involving schools from the UK, Finland, Spain and Slovenia.
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Four years after we pioneered and developed this work in Sheffield with the Cutlers' Company and Sheffield City Council recognising that young people need skills and attributes as well as knowledge and understanding, it is good to see that the Department for Education and OFSTED are increasingly talking about the importance of skills, character and employability within the offer we make our children and young people.
I was at Meadowhead School last night for a celebration event at the end off their Erasmus+ Project ‘Passport to your Future’. The aim of the project is to boost the employability skills of European teenagers through a collaborative project with four partner schools from the UK, Finland, Spain and Slovenia.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
"The transition from school into work is a vital point in the lives of young people. Making a successful transition through a high quality and valued pathway can mean a successful career. Becoming trapped in poor quality and under-valued alternatives can mean a lifetime of poverty."
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Monday, 11 April 2016
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD OF WORK, SKILLS AND WORK EXPERIENCE MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!
The Cutlers’ ‘Made in Sheffield’ programme is a consistent and coherent, employer-led approach. It develops, in young people, the skills needed for employability and the world of work.
Friday, 8 April 2016
I have had a great week working with some really amazing people in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham...
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Mike Garnock-Jones from Sheffield City Council and I visited Outwood Academy City yesterday. It was really good to be able to catch up with Richard Brooke, the Academy Principal, and Demi Cardwell, who manages the programme at the academy, and see what we have achieved so far in terms of what we agreed when the academy joined the Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' scheme.
I visited Horizon Community College again this morning to meet Nick Bowen, the College Principal Jim Logan, Paul Bibby and Kelly Drury from the Barnsley Commissioning Group, Helen Shaw from Barnsley Council and Chris Webb from Barnsley College. We were meeting to plan how the 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in...' programme could develop in Barnsley.
Monday, 4 April 2016
The Cutlers' 'Made in Sheffield' scheme is a demand driven, employer-led approach based on developing the skills that matter in the world of work. It is based on a unique partnership of employers and schools, led by the Cutlers' Company and Sheffield City Council (SCC).