Wednesday, 8 January 2014


I had another great session this afternoon at Stocksbridge High School in Sheffield with colleagues from the four schools and Sheffield College who are working together on the Cutlers 'Made in Sheffield' Project!
It was great to work again with colleagues from Bradfield, Firth Park, Stocksbridge and Yewlands to continue to develop the programme which will be supported by the new 'Made in Sheffield' skills framework and passport which recognises and accredits young people on the programme's learning. 

 The programme is developing a range of essential skills through a basic plan, do, review cycle:
  • 'character skills': responsibility, adaptability, resilience, determination and confidence; 
  • 'core skills': communication, literacy, numeracy, creativity and learning to learn; 
  • experience of the world of work; and
  • academic and technical excellence. 
The different thing about the Cutlers” “Made in Sheffield” initiative is that it is sector led and has sector-led improvement at its’ core. It aims to enthuse and motivate students and their teachers by connecting learning in schools powerfully to the world of work and in particular the world of advanced manufacturing and engineering. Our research has identified the needs of local manufacturing and engineering companies and places these companies at the heart of the programme. This does not mean that we expect our children to commit to specific vocational pathways from an early age because wherever young people want to work demands flexible, creative, and entrepreneurial self-starters with high levels of numeracy, literacy and a broad base of knowledge and skills that will allow them to adapt to rapidly changing markets and new career and business opportunities. We are entering a ‘conceptual age’ and we can only secure our future prosperity as communities, cities and countries if our learning systems are capable of equipping our young people with the high level skills and abilities necessary to meet these new demands. It is not only a new generation with higher level skills that our economy will need; our young people will also require a much wider range of skills than ever before.

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