TOMORROW’S SCHOOLS! | Chris Edwards

“Tomorrow’s schools will need to help students think for themselves and join others, with empathy, in work and citizenship. They will need to help students develop a strong sense of right and wrong, a sensitivity to the claims that others make on us, and a grasp of the limits on individual and collective action. At work, at home and in the community, people will need a deep understanding of how others live, in different cultures and traditions, and how others think, whether as scientists or artists. Whatever tasks machines may be taking over from humans at work, the demands on our knowledge…

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WORRYING! | Chris Edwards

“In 2015, almost one in two students – representing around 12 million 15-year-olds – was not able to complete even basic reading, mathematics or science tasks1 in the global test known as PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) – and these were students living in 70 high- and middle-income countries that participated in the test. Over the past decade, there has been virtually no improvement in the learning outcomes of students in the Western world, even though expenditure on schooling rose by almost 20% during this period. In many countries, the quality of the education a…

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NESTA: Linking skills to occupations: Using big data to build a new occupational taxonomy for the UK | Chris Edwards

Nesta says that “the skills we need for work are changing” and don’t we know it…
“From automation to climate change and from globalisation to our ageing population, there are a myriad of factors changing the nature of work in the UK. These factors mean the majority of workers are in occupations with highly uncertain futures (Bakhshi, Downing, Osborne and Schneider, 2017).
Amidst this changing landscape, policymakers, educators, businesses and individuals need timely information on how occupations are changing and how they can help workers to transition out of at-risk occupations where…

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‘BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS’ COMES TO THE SHEFFIELD INCLUSION CENTRE! | Chris Edwards

I was at the Sheffield Inclusion Centre this morning with my colleague Andy Ireland who is the headteacher at the Centre. Andy and his team, at the Centre aim to provide a dynamic and supportive learning environment for young people who have found school challenging for a number of reasons. A team of, I counted 61 on the noticeboard in the reception area, experienced and committed staff who understand the youngsters individual needs, deliver a curriculum which promotes both their academic achievement and their personal development and prepares them for a return to mainstream/special school…

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WESTFIELD SCHOOL CELEBRATION EVENT! | Chris Edwards

I was at Westfield School last night to celebrate the achievements of their Year 11 students who had completed the Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programmes.
We know that BLBW is one of the most successful employability and world of work programmes in the country and the wonderful young people receiving their passport certificates last night demonstrate why it is so successful and why it is important to extend and further develop it to reach even more young people.
33 talented young people had completed programmes in the Digital, Engineering, NHS and Sport sectors and these young…

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SCR VISION: A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER NEWSLETTER | Chris Edwards

Last year, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust brought together colleagues from across the region to present how, with determination and collective endeavour, we can maximise the economic and social potential of the Sheffield City Region (SCR).The launch was the start of a journey towards an SCR Vision. The group have now produced a newsletter, describing some of the positive developments there have been in some of the six areas highlighted as critical, including the Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’…

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