GCSEs *and* Confidence; (Re-)considering our yardstick of success

Working on the HeppSy+ programme has made me ponder connections between a happy life and the ‘confidence and resilience’ strand also found in the new Character Education framework. [6 minute read] The importance of building confidence and resilience in young adults cannot be overestimated. In a recent mental health survey, the largest ever conducted on... Continue Reading →

Widening Participation; How Cooperative Learning can put Possible Selves into practice

We are an enterprise educator and a Cooperative Learning specialist developing a set of ‘confidence and resilience’ building activities for a Higher Education Progression Partnership. This post shares our experiences with putting the concept of "Possible Selves" to work for the Widening Participation agenda.  [5 minute read] Since embarking on our work for HeppSY+, Catherine... Continue Reading →

HeppSY+ …Cooperative Learning adds value to HE access programme

I am partnering with a leading specialist in Enterprise Education to help challenged young people in South Yorkshire progress in HE. The latest success story of Henderson Green Primary Academy (formerly known as “The worst school in Norwich”) achieving 90% combined after only 2 years of sustained application of Cooperative Learning is a reminder that... Continue Reading →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools #10: Q&A with Sean Harford Pt.1

A big thank you to the National Director for taking the time to see me yesterday at Ofsted's Birmingham HQ, where he helped formulate the two key challenges to a Participatory Budgeting programme in schools. This is the answer to his first question on the puzzle of mapping PB to the curriculum. [4 minutes to read]... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Management#2: From Sparks to Wildfire; Education’s first Route Maps

By divine providence, yesterday’s education conference #rEdRugby19 flagged up the important, and grossly underreported, work being done on Knowledge Management in education. This interlude on yesterday's education conference in Rugby builds on Knowledge Management: What business can offer education in the year of the Platypus. Although I stand by my comments that education is decades behind... Continue Reading →

“Don’t worry, Dad… Now I can teach you maths!” – The success of the Gender Gap SSIF

I had no doubts the Sheringham SSIF project would succeed when I signed up in 2017. But only when Robert Brewster presented me with the final analysis did I realise just how astounding that success really was. In the excitement of my current forays into the realm of Knowledge Management, Participatory Budgeting and Character Education,... Continue Reading →

Knowledge Management: What business can offer education in the year of the Platypus

When it comes to knowledge and knowledge production, the education sector outguns Big Data and all traditional industries, combined. Here is a call for us to take ownership of that fact. Enter Knowledge Management. This week, I attended the ARK Group’s annual Knowledge Management Summit in London, eagerly attended by some of the largest corporations... Continue Reading →

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