Business people help pupils develop practical craft skills

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I love my job. This session was to help develop Year 6 pupil’s Teamwork, Communication and Creativity skills. They were tasked with designing jewellery and devising a marketing campaign to sell it.

I had support from Jacqui Pountney MBE, Bernie Craze and Steve Markham from West Midlands Police and Helen Gelsthopre-Smith from Henn and Westwood.

As usual, the kids rose to the challenge and created some great pieces. On Monday they will be setting up their stalls for a panel of judges to choose the winning team.

These are our business people of the future, learning business skills in a school environment.

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Gifted and Talented pupils develop Business Skills

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Working with Gifted and Talented pupils is always a pleasure.  They are willing to learn, have skills and can take a joke (and dish it out in return!).

Today I was at Aldridge School in Walsall delivering a Business Challenge. It was in two parts. Firstly they did a mini-challenge which was judged at their table and then they had to get up on stage for the main presentation.

Ann Glaze from DWP and Brian Coldicutt from South Staffs water kindly gave up their day to work with the teams and judge their presentations.

It’s great to give business the opportunity to come and see the calibre of young people. Some of these are ready to go into the workplace and do a great job. They will ace their exams and go on to great futures. Hopefully the Skills Development I offer through these activities will help on the way.

It was an inspiring end to the week.

Careers Advice in Schools

A great article today on the BBC News Website about Careers in Schools. Check it out here.

I run a careers Advice programme at Aldridge School in Walsall. My way is to bring in a range of Industry specialists to talk to targeted groups of pupils.

It works very well and I’ve had some great feedback from an independent audit, which gauged young people’s responses and remarks.

Anyone delivering careers without involving the local business community should not be doing the job.

G8 Tax evasion funds to pay for more war

_68241799_68239621The G8 Leaders have once again taken the world for mugs. They want to ‘clamp down’ on legal tax evasion to raise more funds. What for? To help the poor? To create jobs? To stop the potential £1 billion cut in Education funding in the UK?

No. They want to send arms to Syrian rebels i.e. religious fundamentalists who want to turn Syria into an Islamist state.

I’d be interested to know if their own advisers have ever helped them personally save on taxes.

They want to take money off major companies who employ people, develop new products and are researching new technologies.

And what’s with the open neck shirts? Put a tie on! We’re trying to get kids in school to look smart and our leaders look like a bunch of out-on-the-town bankers

Sir Michael Wilshaw considers resigning

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The news about Michael Wilshaw considering his future isn’t surprising. The Head of Ofsted is a poisoned chalice for anyone with an interest in the future of our young people. Being a Gove mouthpiece is not a role for anyone with experience in education who would put a child ahead of some government target or lame initiative.

I work in schools every day (not as a teacher) and see them trying every way they can to inspire and motivate pupils to achieve their best. As has always been the case, the kids who can pass exams will, those who can’t won’t. I appreciate there’s a grey area where some borderline kids can go up or down a grade but it’s not a benchmark for a good school to judge them on how many kids can sit and regurgitate a range of facts at a certain time on a certain date. I thought we were preparing them for a future in work. I also work with local business and no-one has asked for this skill. They want fully-rounded individuals ready to do a day’s work and achieve great things for their company.

Schools who try to give their pupils the full experience have to do it with reduced funding and Ofsted slamming them for not turning out automatons, not allowing for ability, family background and the efforts our fantastic schools put in to keeping them on track.

Yes Mr Wilshaw, it’s a crap, pointless job and will be over when the Conservatives lose the next election because they continue to get every key decision wrong. Putting you in place was one of them.

 

10 year olds interview Business People

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Now that was a brilliant session. Day Three of my Get Real programme.

Year 6 pupils interviewed a selection of local Business People.  Thank you to:

Craig Vincent – MD of Azalea Event Management

Ron Betts – Education Consultant

Mel Wilson – Walsall Council

Jayne Howarth – Freelance Journalist

Sarah Mills – Department of Work and Pensions

They then helped the kids write and deliver presentations and then gave a Careers Advice workshop about their job roles and backgrounds. Top class Skills Development to set up the young people for their transition to secondary education.

Police give Careers Advice

Bernie at Leamore primary School supporting Lorenzo Cosco from Education Business Services Ltd

Bernie at Leamore Primary School supporting Lorenzo Cosco from Education Business Services Ltd

I love delivering my Get Real programme. The latest is at Leamore Primary School in Walsall.

Day One: Dream Jobs – Business and Social Skills – CV Writing

Day Two: Jobs in School – Apprentice Challenge – Employer Feedback

Day Three: Interview Skills – ICT Challenge

Pictured is PCSO Bernie Craze of West Midlands Police delivering a talk on her career. Year 6 loved it and gained in insight into law enforcement and possible consequences for getting into trouble.

A lot packed into a short time but very rewarding.