Wednesday, 29 November 2017
I visited Oakwood High School this afternoon to meet again, the wonderful young people who are on the Better Learners, Better Workers pilot with Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This programme is led by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and is a consistent and coherent, employer-led approach that will develop, in this very special group of young people, the skills needed for employability and the world of the NHS.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
I visited the Sheffield Inclusion Centre yesterday to see my colleague and friend Andy Ireland, who now heads up this dynamic and supportive learning environment. The Primary Inclusion Centre and the KS3/KS4 Inclusion Centre support children and young people from across Sheffield who are either displaying challenging behaviour in mainstream primary school or who have been permanently excluded from mainstream secondary schools.
Sunday, 26 November 2017
I have spent time with some really wonderful young people over the last couple of weeks and something worries me. Schools and teachers are hugely important in helping young people see themselves as capable learners or not!! So many of these young people believed it when they were told what they couldn't do and forgot to use the word yet!!!
I have argued for years that a new school curriculum needs a new learning culture and it is great to see that Wales is placing this at the heart of their school development strategy to ensure that all Welsh schools become strong and successful learning places.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Life is never ever dull, and the last couple of weeks working in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield has once again showed me the outstanding practice, inspirational colleagues and the incredible young people that exist in these places. Young people with skills, talents and abilities which we need to nurture and grow...
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Great to see the Year 9 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' ambassadors at the Cutlers Hall this morning.
Sunday, 19 November 2017
I love this poem... Carol Ann Duffy tells us that all nature is in uproar, what with rule-bending ferrets, the fact-twisting skunks and the gun-jumping foxes... it explains a lot of things and makes as much sense as anything else at the moment!!
"Because the Badgers are moving the goalposts.
Saturday, 18 November 2017
I have a had a great week working with some amazing young people who talked so positively about their interests and passions... social media, games, netball, gymnastics, kick boxing, swimming, reading. Sadly, as a maths teacher in the dim and distant past, no one talked about a passion for number!
Friday, 17 November 2017
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.
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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
If we are really serious about building world class learning in this country we need to refocus, re-imagine and re-engineer.
Sunday, 12 November 2017
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
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
Thursday, 9 November 2017
Drawing on research from around the advanced world, Daniel Pink, in his book 'A Whole New Mind', argues that everyone should be given opportunities to develop six fundamentally human abilities that are essential for professional success and personal fulfilment and reveals how to master them.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
We continue to sleepwalk into a future that requires brave, bold and creative solutions. We face problems wherever we look... productivity and investment are problems and Brexit is making everyone increasingly nervous. There isn't enough money and local authority services are increasingly under pressure, schools are facing increasing challenges and academisation clearly isn't the answer to life, the universe and everything!! Clearly we need to wake up and think differently...
Monday, 6 November 2017
John Barber and his Workwise colleagues organised another fantastic day over half-term for our Year 11 Cutlers' Engineering Ambassadors at the 'What Employers Want' Conference...
John Barber and his Workwise colleagues organised two fantastic days at the Magna Science Centre over the half-term break...
On the first day, Ken Cooke, the current Master Cutler, handed out 'Better Learners, Better Workers' badges to the new Year 9 students from Park Academy, Springs Academy, Mexborough Academy, Oakwood High School, Horizon Community College and The Dearne ALC. He also took one for himself which he said he will wear with pride. On the second day Year 9 students came from from Penistone Grammar School, Darton College, Oakwood High School, King Edward VII School, Yewlands Academy, Stocksbridge High School and Don Valley Academy.