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 →

Knowledge Management#3: Sir David on why the Common Good means Outstanding

At Norwich Research School's unmissable Slow-Burn Leadership conference at University of East Anglia, Sir David Carter's speech was ostensibly on "effective collaboration and system leadership in East Anglia." In reality, he spoke of ethical leadership, cultural shifts and courage. As such, he precisely mirrored the points made by big guns in business at the Knowledge... 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 →

Participatory Budgeting in Schools #2; Progressive Traditionalism?

At first glance, Participatory Budgeting would seem to fit snugly into the left-wing, child-empowering, progressive fold. At second glance, you might say that it sits equally well with the competition-driven Dragon's Den of standard neo-liberal Enterprise Education.  But, like Katharine Birbalsingh, Participatory Budgeting defies categorisation and, as such, could open a liminal space for a... Continue Reading →

Private or Comprehensive education; not either/or thanks to CL

The stranglehold former public-school pupils have on the UK’s top jobs were laid bare today in a hard-hitting report by the Sutton Trust education charity, shows that virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils snaffling the senior jobs.  From The Independent. Their grip on power is most noticeable in the judiciary, where 74... Continue Reading →

Being British | Being Muslim

Real safeguarding: A new tailored Cooperative Learning course directly to secondary pupils for one of the UK's leading Cultural Competency Trainers AKSAA are market leaders in Islamic Awareness and Cultural Competency Training. Since 2004 more than 17,500 delegates have undergone unique and insightful courses delivered in over 80 different Local Authority locations across the UK.... Continue Reading →

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