Thursday, 15 January 2015


I was in Sheffield today for a breakfast meeting with headteachers, principals and colleagues from the schools involved in the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. We are meeting twice a year to review the progress we are making and to look at how we can continue to develop the work we have been doing. 
It was wonderful to hear Doug Liversidge, who chairs the Cutlers' education committee and George Kilburn, the Chief Executive of the Cutlers' Company, all talk so positively and enthusiastically about what we have achieved. It was also deeply encouraging to hear what headteachers, principals and colleagues involved in the scheme said about the impact the work was having on the young people recruited as ambassadors for the various employment sectors.

It is encouraging that employers in Sheffield, led by the Cutlers' Company, have worked together with schools to develop a model that supports the delivery of academic rigour but also produces rounded and grounded young people who have the skills and behaviours that are essential in the world of work.

The Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" Programme aims to develop strategies and approaches focused on academic and technical excellence, to develop higher level skills and abilities, to shape character, to develop resilience and grit and to nurture innovation and creativity. If you want to find out more about the work we are doing in Sheffield please let me know.

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