BARNSLEY, DONCASTER AND ROTHERHAM BLBW SCHOOLS VISIT THE LIFEWISE CENTRE | Chris Edwards

I had a great day yesterday, at the Lifewise Centre just off the M18, working with a fantastic group of Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ Ambassadors from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham!

The Lifewise Centre is an interactive learning centre for South Yorkshire communities. Featuring a purpose-built film-set, it is used to educate visitors about safety and citizenship with the ultimate aim of reducing crime and improving quality of life. It is an amazing place with three multi-function modern classrooms, the largest of which can seat 85 people, houses, shops, a transport…

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OUR VISION! | Chris Edwards

We need an SCR Vision which commits to a skills entitlement for all young people and which delivers high quality experiences of the world of work, business mentoring and careers and enterprise provision… elements that we know improve attendance, behaviour and attainment. 
 We need to create a coherent, strategic, sustainable and value for money approach which brings business and education together and one which connects with the SCR/LEP Skills Strategy! This could be Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programmes! However, whatever it is called, there is a real opportunity to start…

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BLBW GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH! | Chris Edwards

We are rapidly reaching the end of another year in the life of the Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programme and what a year it has been! 

The programme gets bigger each year, and is now reaching 30 schools, training 600 ambassadors and with an additional 1000 students piloting our WOW Factor enrichment programme, which we developed as part of the work we are doing with the Careers and Enterprise Company. We are also further developing our BLBW ‘Arts and Culture’ programme working with Cape UK and the Arts Council England. Exciting times! The challenge, as always, is to continue…

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SHARE, NETWORK AND LEARN! | Chris Edwards

The solutions to all the problems facing educators the world over are out there somewhere. No one is wrestling with a challenge, an opportunity or a problem that someone somewhere hasn’t already solved.

In schools and colleges across the globe talented colleagues are releasing the magic, sharing their passion and inspiring future generations of teachers, classroom assistants, doctors, nurses, cleaners, accountants, lawyers, administrators, entrepreneurs, cashiers, bankers, journalists, academics, politicians and every other job and profession you can think of! The future of our world sits in…

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WHAT WORKS! | Chris Edwards

I am over in Sheffield again looking at how we continue to support and develop the Cutlers ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programme which is currently working with 29 secondary schools and colleges across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It’s a brilliant scheme rooted in research, evidence and data about what works!

Importantly, the programme is led and supported by a rapidly growing group of businesses and employers who are passionate about what we are trying to do and the skills we are developing in our young people… the skills employers need. To find out more contact me!

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GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE THE WOW FACTOR! | Chris Edwards

We know that young people are struggling to secure first-hand experiences of the world of work (WOW) and far too many have no real awareness or knowledge of the world of work, career pathways or future job prospects. We also know from research, evidence and some innovative projects like the Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programmes in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, that experiences of the world of work can be a major catalyst for change among young people, particularly those who are underachieving, disadvantaged and harder to reach.
Introducing young people to…

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WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH… | Chris Edwards

Grit is a positive trait that involves perseverance of effort to accomplish a long term goal no matter what challenges lie in the way and research shows that people who have grit are more likely to be successful than those with high IQ or those who were simply conscientious..
Angela Duckworth defines grit as perseverance, determination, purpose and passion… skills and attributes we have at the heart of the Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ programmes operating across the Sheffield City Region. Her research has found that as a trait, people who had grit were more likely to be…

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