Friday, 17 November 2017

WORKWISE AND BLBW: WORKING TOGETHER!

I moved on to see John Barber at the OSL offices near Meadowhall. John, who heads up the Workwise team, and I have been working on the engineering strand of 'Made in Sheffield' and now 'Better Learners, Better Workers' since the programme started in 2011.

DARTON COLLEGE

I was at Darton College again this morning working with their new Year 9 'Better Learners, Better Workers' ambassadors. Dave Bond had organised the session for me to take them through the new BLBW materials.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

OUTWOOD GRANGE ACADEMIES TRUST

I moved on to Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield for a meeting with Julie Slater. Julie is Chief Executive of Outwood Institute of Education (OIE), Executive Principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and a National Leader of Education.

BLBW: MADE IN BARNSLEY!

 I was at The Dearne ALC again this morning with the steering group for the 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' programme...

WINGFIELD ACADEMY!

I was at Wingfield Academy earlier this week to see some of the wonderful young people on the 'Better Learners, Better Workers' engineering programme and take them through the new BLBW materials...

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

WHAT IS RESILIENCE?

HOW TO BE RESILIENT!

RESILIENCE MATTERS!

There is a great difference between failing to achieve a result and the conclusion you draw about yourself. In Carol Dweck's book 'Mindset' she explains that those who stay down after a setback make a judgment that they have failed, not just that their attempt failed. On a small scale, being resilient enables us to raise our hand and risk "sounding stupid." On a bigger scale, it allows us to try something really hard whether or not we're sure we'll do well at it.

Monday, 13 November 2017

CHANGE NEEDED!

If we are really serious about building world class learning in this country we need to refocus, re-imagine and re-engineer.
We need to shift the focus away from knowledge to concepts, from subjects to disciplines, from content to skills, from teaching to learning!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

REMEMBER THAT FAITH, FAMILY AND FRIENDS MATTER MOST!

It is't fame or celebrity or money that is most important in my life... it's faith, friends and family. I saw an old friend last week and she reminded me that when it comes down to what really matters, faith, family and friends make life worth living!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

EAT CHOCOLATE AND DRINK RED WINE!

We know that research suggests that the keys to happiness are a good diet, exercise, sleep, sunlight, social interactions and fun and laughter. Nothing there I haven't been telling people for years, but my list would also include red wine and dark chocolate...

Friday, 10 November 2017

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS REPORT!

I was sent this wonderful Mind Gym report this week and I wish I had read it when I started my career because everyone should read it...