Seth Grodin on Education

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Check out this TED Talk from Seth Grodin on the future of education.

It’s hard-hitting and thought-provoking and questions the way we’re teaching our kids, especially in terms of getting them ready for the real world.

Michael Gove should take notice of this.

Watch it HERE

Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School

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It’s great when we get some celebrities into schools. Melody Hossaini has been a supporter for a while and always inspires the young people with her energy and commitment. Check this video of her in action at our recent Social Enterprise Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School.

Melody at Cheslyn Hay High School

Information Technolgy Careers Advice at Aldridge School, Walsall

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Mandy and Mark from NITP delivering an Information Technology Apprenticeship Careers Session at Aldridge School today.

A brilliant workshop at all levels; they learned about Apprenticeships, found out about professional qualifications and know how to apply for an IT Apprenticeship training programme. Top class careers advice in action.

Social Enterprise and Skills development for Young People

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Top class presenting skills at the Cheslyn Hay High School Year 10 Social Enterprise Challenge.

Melody Hossaini from inspirEngage attended to add her expert knowledge as the young people came up with ideas and turned them into presentations. She also kindly joined the judging panel to choose the winners.

A great Skills Development day as the kids learned Teamwork, Communication and Presentation Skills.

A top class school with excellent young people.

Petition Michael Gove to Teach in a School!

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Here’s a good one. Maria Rudden has started a petition to get Michael Gove to teach for a term in a school.

He’ll never do it but it’s got to be worth signing the petition to put a bit of pressure on.

I think all Government ministers should be required to work in the area they are managing. Perhaps some real world decisions could be made based on experience instead of meetings with the great and not so good.

Careers Advice in Schools

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It’s great doing Careers Interviews at Aldridge School. Putting young people on the right path is a great feeling, even if it’s just printing out some qualification or Apprenticeship information they didn’t know.

I also bring local business people in to give careers advice talks direct to pupils who have chosen that career path. At Aldridge School we are a village raising a child.

Meet Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School – 24th April 2013

Melody Hossaini, contestant on BBC TVs The Apprentice, will be appearing at our Year 10 Business Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School on Wednesday 24th April 2013.

We are delivering a Social Enterprise Challenge and Melody will be there to explain what SE is and judge pupil presentations to help choose the winning team.

Volunteers from the local business community are more than welcome to attend. Go here to register!

Welfare payments and school grades

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An interesting article in today’s Times about Tennessee discussing the link between school grades and welfare payments. They are suggesting cutting payments to families of kids with low grades.

I can see what they’re trying to do but families on low incomes tend to be the worst educated, so how are they supposed to help their kids do better at school?

Perhaps they could encourage their kids to go to school more often, encourage them to do their best, help them to identify future careers.

Maybe cutting benefits is the only way to make this happen. There again, it’s another way for governments to save money by pushing more people into poverty.

Good intention but bad idea!  Try again Tennessee

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/americas/article3732416.ece