Thursday, 29 November 2012
"My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honour is to be earned, not bought."
Margaret Chase Smith
The Pareto Principle is the origin of the 80:20 Rule. In 1906, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto created a mathematical formula to describe the unequal distribution of wealth in his country, observing that twenty percent of the people owned eighty percent of the wealth. In the late 1940s, Dr. Joseph M. Juran attributed the 80/20 Rule to Pareto, calling it Pareto's Principle.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
"Think, reflect, research, analyse and learn.
Be visible, accessible and available;
Walk the talk and constantly connect with colleagues;
Tell stories; celebrate, praise and challenge;
Teach, coach and model behaviours you want to see;
Get a life... live, love and regularly escape;
Do things to make people feel special."
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
INTERESTING READING! The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills
I was reading 'The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills' today. "As things stand, the overall picture across Ofsted’s inspection remits is that broadly 70% of providers are good or better." I was also reading an OECD report that said that education in the UK was second best in Europe after Finland and a Pearson's report which said that education in the UK was sixth best in the world! So lots to shout about here then...
Monday, 26 November 2012
I was in Sheffield again yesterday meeting with the Cutlers' Education Committee to look at how we continue to develop the work we have been doing with Bradfield School, Firth Park Community Arts College, Stocksbriodge High School and Yewlands Technology College.
I read this wonderful piece on my colleague Roel Rohner's Dalton page blog and it reminded me that all great learning is cooperative and collaborative where learners work together sharing ideas and thought you might like to read it. "Cooperative learning is a generic term for various small group interactive instructional procedures.'
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Saturday, 24 November 2012
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
“Getting the next generation on the escalator to achieve their potential is one of the most exciting challenges we face. Businesses have traditionally focused on education at 14 plus, but it’s clear we need to tackle problems earlier, instead of applying a sticking plaster later on.
“We have some great teachers and average grades are rising, but we’ve been kidding ourselves about overall standards. By teaching to the test, too many young people’s individual needs are not being met, and they are being failed by the system.
“Government reforms are heading in the right direction, but are not sufficient on their own and must go further and faster. As well as academic rigour, we need schools to produce rounded and grounded young people who have the skills and behaviours that businesses want.”
John Cridland, CBI Director-General
Friday, 23 November 2012
We need to work harder to get young people interested in mathematics and science because it is a strong determinant of their career choice in STEM- related fields. The European Commission's Eurydice Report "Developing Key Competencies at School in Europe' makes interesting reading.
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
"Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted."
Monday, 19 November 2012
After nearly forty years working in and with schools I know how to deliver outstanding outcomes and build brilliant teams... and it's not rocket science!
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
I was in Nottingham yesterday and I visited William Booth Primary School to listen to their brilliant new school choir and after eight short weeks they performed for parents and guests a selection of songs including Adele, Jessie J and this one from R Kelly.
"I am a giant
I am an eagle
I am a lion
Down in the jungle
I am a marchin' band
I am the people
I am a helpin' hand
And I am a hero
If anybody asks u who I am
Just stand up tall look 'em in the Face and say
I'm that star up in the sky
I'm that mountain peak up high
I made it
I'm the worlds greatest
And I'm that little bit of hope
When my backs against the ropes
I can feel it
I'm the worlds greatest"
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
It's worrying that organisations like the BBC, the police, News International, the NHS and our politicians are all struggling with issues around confidence, trust, communication and blame. We know that the Keys to Success focus on leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability but researchers also say there are four steps schools, hospitals, care homes, companies and organisations can take to help colleagues thrive!
Monday, 12 November 2012
"Your greatness is measured by your kindness;
your education and intellect by your modesty;
your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices,
and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.
William J.H. Boetcker
I don't know if you are aware but it's 'World Kindness Week' this week and tomorrow is 'World Kindness Day'.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
The Cutlers’ “Made in Sheffield’ Programme now involves six schools. These schools are Bradfield School, Firth Park Community College, Forge Valley Community School, Meadowhead School and Languages College, Stocksbridge High School and Yewlands Technology College.
"There are seasons.. of inward and outward revolution, when new depths seem to be broken up in the soul, when new wants are unfolded in the multitudes, and a new and undefined good is thirsted for. These are the periods when... to dare is the highest wisdom."
William Ellery Channing
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Over the last fifteen years I worked in two very different authorities in the UK, learning about how you build the foundations for truly outstanding education and learning. Colleagues constantly ask me to write my story and since leaving Leeds I have been working on 'The Keys to Success'.
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Monday, 5 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
"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."
A recent Hay Group study found that nearly 60% of people were seriously considering leaving or actively looking for new jobs. Worse still, a further 35% said they were only holding off because there weren't any jobs to go to! That doesn't leave many of us inspired and passionate about what we do! So how do we cope in such uncertain times?
Friday, 2 November 2012
I had a great day today, at the Lifewise Centre just off the M18, working with the Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" Ambassadors on the second day of their training programme.
Thursday, 1 November 2012
In their report ‘The Forgotten Half’ for the Private Equity Foundation, DEMOS addresses the same fundamental issues facing Sheffield and most big cities across the country and across the world. The report suggests how we can produce a capabilities approach to education.