NO ONE ACHIEVES ANYTHING ON THEIR OWN… TEAMWORK MATTERS! | Chris Edwards

In an increasingly complex world where colleagues, families, schools and businesses are facing relentless pressure, facing higher and higher expectations and facing increased and increasing demands to do things more efficiently and more effectively, we need to remember that teamwork matters!We are struggling with productivity, inflation is rising and with prices everywhere increasing as the value of the pound continues to fall, we must continue to help people secure improved performance and better outcomes… whatever it takes! The real challenge is how do we maintain the momentum and stay…

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DARTON COLLEGE AND ‘BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS: MADE IN BARNSLEY’ WORKING TOGETHER! | Chris Edwards

I was at Darton College again this morning… I was there to meet Dave Bond who had managed to get a group of Y9 students together who were interested in finding out more about the ‘Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley’ programme, after the introductory assembly Sarah Ward and I ran for the whole yeargroup.  I  talked to the students and explained the approach, the programme and the opportunities and challenges ahead for any students interested in working with us over the next two years. And once again, the young people were a real credit to Darton College; they listened well and…

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IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP US? | Chris Edwards

Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) is now working with 30 schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield… and importantly we are working with over 500 ambassadors in key employment sectors. We now need new funding to help us take Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) to the next stage…

Currently all our schools offer all their students at least three varied and high quality experiences of the world of work and in addition a carefully targeted group of student ambassadors are offered the full BLBW programme. Unlike most employability schemes, while we charge schools…

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BLBW GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH! | Chris Edwards

Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) has reached its targets as agreed with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)… we are now working with 30 schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield… and importantly we are working with over 500 ambassadors in key employment sectors… and we are constantly looking for ways to improve and further develop the programmes. As part of this development, our new materials… a new ambassador handbook, a new ambassador skills booklet… will be available next week.

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MEETING WITH EDGE FOUNDATION! | Chris Edwards

I had great meeting this morning with Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research, at the Edge Foundation and my colleague Rob Walker from Sheffield City Council.

It was an opportunity to talk about the ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ (BLBW) programme and the work we are doing in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield on skills, careers and employability.  Olly told us about the Nashville ‘Career Academy’ and the pilot work Edge are doing with Newcastle and Nottingham! As always we are happy to share any of our materials and ideas and we agreed that it would be good to work with a…

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FACT: OFSTED IS NOT A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TOOL!! | Chris Edwards

If it was we would have a brilliant education system here in England since we are the most checked up on and observed school system on the planet… and the latest OECD/PISA evidence shows that we are still struggling to build brilliant teaching and learning. Clearly, we need to improve teaching and learning in every classroom and develop a coaching culture where practice and hard work builds success but ‘you don’t fatten the pig by constantly weighing it’!! We need to remember that OFSTED observed about 150,000 brief lessons last year out of a total of 100,000,000 teacher days and I am not…

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