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.

Their first resource, Career Detectives, is a powerful tool to help teachers embed careers education within the core curriculum.
The resource raises aspirations by making links between educational subjects and future career opportunities and broadens young people’s horizons by educating them about the wide range of opportunities in the world of work.
“An innovative, fun and powerful tool that connects life and learning brilliantly!”
Dr Richard Gerver, Head Teacher of the Year

Their latest resource, Panjango, which Joe showed me at GUTS, offers a radically different approach
to careers education and gives learning context and purpose by directly linking the curriculum to work-related challenges.
“Panjango offers a radical new approach to the delivery of careers education – a powerful, immersive experience which helps young people understand why their learning is important and how it is used in practical settings in the world of work” 
Dr Richard Gerver, Author & Head Teacher of the Year

Benefits for Students
★ demonstrates the importance of education and makes learning more meaningful
★ develops key skills such as team working, communication, problem solving, creativity and confidence
★ encourages risk taking and helps students discover their strengths and weaknesses
★ makes careers education fun through an interactive exploration of the world of work
★ broadens horizons and raises aspirations and attainment

Benefits for Teachers
★ a powerful tool to enable any teacher to instantly deliver a high quality careers lesson
★ gives learning context and purpose and brings the Maths, English and Science curriculum to life
★ saves time by offering exciting and high impact lesson plan solutions across the curriculum
★ helps schools meet their statutory requirement to deliver independent careers guidance
★ helps evidence Ofsted outcomes including SMSC, achievement of pupils and quality of teaching

In addition to providing Careers Information all sectors, Panjango is unique in guiding students through work-related challenges helping them develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to thrive in life after school.
★ Knowledge Challenges bring learning to life by linking the Maths, English and Science curriculum directly to the world of work.
*currently based broadly around the Year 8 curriculum
★ Skills Challenges are fun, interactive team games and exercises which help students develop the skills and competencies needed in the modern workplace.
★ Experience Challenges put students into the mind of a professional requiring them to think about solutions to work-related scenarios or ethical dilemmas.
The resource enables students to learn about the world of work in an interactive and engaging virtual learning environment whilst developing the knowledge, skills and experience needed to thrive in life after school. You can get free instant access to Panjango at panjango.online.

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