Thursday, 31 December 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope that everyone who reads my blog has a happy, healthy, safe and successful 2021 and that it brings you and those you love and care about, peace, fulfillment and all the things you really, really want. 


Most importantly, after the year we have just had,  love what you are doing, love the people you are with and simply be happy! And always remember that when it comes down to it the only things that really matter are faith, family and friends!


Saturday, 19 December 2020

HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS... DESPITE COVID-19!

“I know what I want someone to give me for Christmas. I have known since I was forty years old…. It’s delight and simplicity that I want... foolishness and fantasy and noise, angels and miracles and wonder and innocence and magic. It’s hard to talk about but what I really, really want for Christmas is just this: I want to be five again for an hour and I want to laugh a lot and cry a lot. I know that it doesn’t make sense but since when is Christmas about sense anyway?” Robert Fulghum

WE ALL NEED TO BUY SOME MARBLES!

 In the hurly burly of life and work and our struggle against the challenges and problems life throws at us where there is never enough time or money to get by or to get ahead, we can forget the things that matter and are really important. And it's funny how Christmas brings everything into sharp focus.... it's a time when we need to be with friends, families and those we love.

This is the theory of "a thousand marbles."...

Sunday, 8 November 2020

WHAT IS RESILIENCE?


THE SKILLS THAT MATTER!

Involvement with creativity and the arts is crucial to developing the skills that matter in life...resilience, communication, teamwork, problem solving, imagination, self-expression in young people. These are the skills that will fuel the success of the UK’s creative industries, and that will result in the next generation of creative talent across the country.

PASSION, PERSISTENCE AND HARD WORK MATTER!

Interestingly, people who work hard, persevere and have passion are more likely to live longer and be more successful than those with high IQ or those who are simply conscientious. These qualities need to lie at the heart of the curriculum we offer our children and young people...

Thursday, 10 September 2020

DEBUNKING THE MYTHS!

"One of the reasons why we get stuck in education is that our thinking is framed by so many myths.

MYTH ONE: The poor will always do badly in school. That’s not true: the 10% most disadvantaged kids in Shanghai did better on an earlier PISA math test than the 10% most advantaged students in large American urban areas.

MYTH TWO: Immigrants will lower the performance of a country on international comparisons. That’s not true: PISA shows no relationship between the share of immigrants and the quality of an education system, and the school systems where immigrant students settle matters a lot more than the country where they came from.

MYTH THREE: Smaller classes always mean better results. That’s not true: in fact, whenever high-performing education systems have to make a choice between a smaller class and a better teacher, they go for the latter.

MYTH FOUR: More time spent learning always means better results. That’s not true: study hours in Finland are little more than half of what students in the UAE spend, but in Finland students learn a lot in little time while in the UAE they learn very little in a lot of time."

OECD Education and Skills Today

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

THE SKILLS THAT MATTER ARE THE SKILLS OF CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS!



”Work is important to help us reach our targets and goals in life, our dignity, and our happiness and well-being. We know that work helps us meet our most basic and complex needs, providing a path towards financial security, securing our mental and physical health, and giving our lives meaning. The prospect of a good job that pays a fair wage should be part of our promise to all our young people.”

The world of work is changing and employers are increasingly looking for people with the right skills, behaviours and attributes to succeed in the workplace. We need young people to develop the skills that matter in the world of work: skills that help improve productivity, that create great teams and that generate the ideas that every business needs to be successful. We all know that the keys to success in school, at work and in life are creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, learning, and good judgment. These skills lie at the heart of the arts!

These are the skills that employers across industries consistently report seeking in job candidates and our capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than our qualifications. In addition, employers are seeking candidates who have other sorts of “soft skills,” such as being able to be adaptable, to make good decisions and be good team players. These sought-after abilities, of course, fit perfectly with the sorts of things that people can do well, but are and will continue to be difficult for machines and technology to do.

All of this suggests that our educational systems should concentrate not simply on how people interact with technology, but also how they can do the things that technology can't do. Developing these skills in our young people is critically important, but we know what works and the latest research on education and employer engagement suggests that we should:
  • Do a lot of things… the more the better!
  • Do a lot of different things… business mentoring, coaching, employer talks, work place visits, enterprise challenges, work experience, project work, team building etc. 
  • Start young… the younger the better!
  • Be coercive… “young people don’t know what they don’t know”!
  • Be professional… quality matters!
  • Ask the students what they think!