The Better Learners Better Workers Annual Conference | Chris Edwards

Headteachers, Senior Leadership Team and Work Experience and Careers Staff… You are warmly invited to The Better Learners Better Workers Annual Conference
10.30am-3.00pm, Wednesday 28th February 2018
The Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, S1 1HG

The NEW DfE Careers Strategy: Making the Most of Everyone’s Skills and Talents
Requires schools to provide all young people: with an offer which will help them understand the full range of opportunities available to them to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace to have first-hand experience of the workplace “We…

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‘Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World’ | Chris Edwards

I was re-reading Tony Wagner’s book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” which confirms the importance of the work we are doing with the Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers’ approach in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Tony Wagner describes himself as “a translator between two hostile tribes” — the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. It is interesting that Tony Wagner’s argument in his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World”…

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Education and Employers has published another important piece of research. Their Drawing the Future report shows that the difference between children’s career aspirations from age seven to 17 are marginal, and too often based on gender stereotypes, socio-economic backgrounds and the media. The report which looked at 20,000 primary school children has significant implications for social mobility and gender equality and also shows that some sectors vital for economic health look set to be badly under-resourced in future.
UK findings
Most popular jobs
• The most popular job for children…

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The literature suggests that effective delivery of employer engagement in education should be:

Authentic. enabling first-hand encounters between children and young people and workplaces and individuals from the world of work.Recurrent. the more the better…a number of studies highlight the importance of at least four memorable encounters across schooling.Valued.young people themselves saying that episodes of employer engagement were of value to them, the evidence suggests that they were right and better outcomes followed. Varied. employer engagement activities…

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