RAF Museum Playground Design Challenge – Wednesday 18th December 2013

What a brilliant day today. My first inter-school event at the RAF Museum.

Schools Attended:

Aldridge School

Holly Lodge High School

Crestwood School

Bristnall Hall Academy

Sutherland Cooperative Academy

Teams were asked to design a children’s playground for the Museum. They were shown the potential area and were asked to created a design based on the Museum’s history, equipment and artefacts.

All five teams came up with great ideas and Phil Clayton, The Museum Education Manager, chose Bristnall Hall Academy as the winners.

We are planning to put a superteam together from all five teams to come up with costings and a final plan to present to the Museum Board of Directors. Hopefully we can turn pupils ideas into reality.

Winners of the RAF Museum Cosford Playground Design Challenge

Winners of the RAF Museum Cosford Playground Design Challenge

Pupil working with Caroline on their design project

Pupil working with Caroline on their design project

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Scrapheap Challenge 2013

Winners of the Scrapheap Challenge 2013

Winners of the Scrapheap Challenge 2013

Aldridge School

Runners up in the 2013 Scrapheap Challenge

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Police working with pupils at the 2013 Scrapheap Challenge

Police working with pupils at the 2013 Scrapheap Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Scrapheap Challenge took place on Friday at Aldridge School in Walsall. Nine teams took part in a challenge to design a work of art of a new product from end-of-life computer components.

They had to present their ideas on stage to a panel of business experts.

Bristnall Hall Academy were worthy winners and will host the challenge in 2014

One again, EBS Ltd recruited a number of businesses to support the event. These included AF Blakemore and Son Ltd, South Staffs Water, The Highways Agency, Bryant Construction, West Midlands Police and RePc Ltd. Thnak you all for making the event a success and sharing your knowledge and experience with the young people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBS Ltd Gains Matrix Quality Standard

I’m pleased to announce that Education Business Ltd has gained the national Matrix Quality Award for providing Information, Advice and Guidance to young people in schools. We passed the rigorous assessment process and look forward to continuing our work in local schools

EBS Ltd - Matrix Quality Standard

EBS Ltd gains Matrix Accreditation for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

STEM Design Skills in Action

Young people using engineering design skills

Young people using engineering design skills

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A great day at Blue Coat Academy with their Year 9 pupils today. We got them to use design skills to create their own ideas from K’nex kits. They only had half an hour and it was wonderful too see what they came up with.

Employers want more kids to have experience and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths so I would suggest they get more involved in school-based projects to give first-hand information and advice to our young people.

There was so much talent on show today that it was inspiring and gave me great hope for the future.

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.

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.

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.

EBS Ltd Careers Advice in action – Warren Lane gets Apprenticeship

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It’s great when you can have a positive impact on a young person’s life. Warren Lane attended one of my Business and Finance  Apprenticeship Careers Sessions and made contact with Matt Franks from Gordon Franks Training. Following an interview, he has secured an Apprenticeship with Hart Recruitment in Walsall.

Proper partnership working!

Pictured are Warren with Lisa Gething, Branch Manager of Hart Recruitment and Lorenzo Cosco, Managing Director  of Education Business Services Ltd

 

Spelling and Grammar test SATS

Spelling and grammar test for all 11-year-olds next week to tackle poor literacy

I know loads of adults who would struggle to spell some of the words in this article!

Up to 600,000 schoolchildren will be required to sit a new exam in spelling, punctuation and grammar amid fears that almost a quarter of pupils are starting secondary education with substandard literacy skills. This is from the Telegraph…

For the first time next week, all 11-year-olds in England will be tested on 20 commonly misspelt words such as “separate”, “preferred” and “necessary”, it was revealed.

The exam – part of the annual round of SATs tests – will also cover the correct use of punctuation, including colons and apostrophes, and ensure that pupils apply grammatical rules such as subordinate clauses and a range of connectives.

The move comes amid concerns that the basics were neglected under the last government, with too many pupils struggling to write accurate sentences and structure essays properly.

Some of the worst spelling mistakes from old-style writing exams – based on a piece of prose – have included “tareybul” for terrible, “unyoushil” for unusual, “rtecker” for article and “avelerbilltey” for availability.

England’s main classroom unions have attacked the test, insisting it will heap extra pressure on young children and force teachers to drill pupils to pass.

The National Union of Teachers is investigating the possibility of boycotting the exam altogether next year.

But Elizabeth Truss, the Education Minister, said too many children “struggle with the basics of the English language at primary school, then don’t catch up at secondary school”.

A sample writing test carried out last year found 23 per cent of 11-year-olds failed to reach the expected standard for their age group – equating to around 125,000 children.

She added: “That is why employers bemoan the poor literacy of so many school and college leavers.

“This new test will mean that children are again taught the skills they need to understand our language, and to use it properly, creatively and effectively.”

Previously under Labour, pupils were given a writing test covering a simple piece of prose, but it was scrapped because of concerns over poor marking.

Next week, pupils will take the new spelling and grammar test alongside a reading and maths exam.

It will be made up of a 45-minute grammar test and a separate 15-minute spelling exam covering 20 words.

Pupils will be expected to recognise the difference between formal and non-standard English, in response to concerns that too many youngsters rely on so-called “text speak”.

The exam will also focus on the grammatical functions of words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions and conjunctions.