Working with another group of young people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield this week reaffirmed my belief in people; their energy, passion, enthusiasm and commitment. It also made me realise how destructive the current accountability system is and the desperate need to develop learning leadership, beautiful systems and intelligent accountability as the drivers for change across the country.We must get back to building communities where learning matters: communities like the fantastic Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ group of schools, academies and colleges where…

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“Team work is the ability to work together with others towards a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”We must remember that teaching and learning is a team game and to develop world class learning critically depends on sharing, networking and collaboration. We must stop chasing accountability and focus instead on impact and outcomes. We must remember that all colleagues, and not just teachers, are part of the team. We must stop trying to do everything and systematically focus on the things that matter. We must learn that courses and events are…

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One of the things I have learnt over the last few months while I have been wrestling with the health and care systems is that problem solving is a key skill that we all need to develop.
Faced with all the challenges life and family throw at us we need to clearly identify the problem we are dealing with and develop a series of solutions. Then simply go through each solution and look at the advantages and disadvantages to select the best solution to the problem you are facing.  Then just get on and do it!

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I always think it’s interesting that so many people think that well-being is first and foremost a health issue to be dealt with by health professionals! Having spent so much of my time lately in hospitals it is clear that we all need to take responsibility for our own well being. Reading the research it is clear that there are five things we can all do to enhance our own well-being… so take responsibility and connect with these five ways to improve your well-being.
The Five Ways to Well-being1. Connect with people around you.

2. Be as active as you can.

3. Take notice of your surroundings…

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