Special School Business People of the Future

It was great to run a business challenge at Castle School with their primary pupils.

They had to invent and present a range of brand new businesses in only two hours. All of them came up with great ideas and faced their fears by standing in front of everyone to make their presentations.

They may not be academically-gifted but they can certainly hold their own in terms of ideas and communication.

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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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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.

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!

Literacy and Numeracy in schools – Michael Gove

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Michael Gove makes some good points about raising Literacy and Numeracy standards in schools. It won’t hurt to push the kids a bit harder on these subjects but we can’t have schools turned into sausage factories of kids learning stuff they won’t need in future.

Back in the Fifties we needed to teach young people to go into factories or administration jobs. The new world economy demands a lot more creativity and self-starters. I don’t see why the two things can’t go hand in hand. Showing kids visions of the future and making them see for themselves the need for world class reading, writing and maths skills is going to have a greater effect than yet another raft of targets and inspection rules that just result in demoralising the teaching profession.

What is going to make our political leaders create an education system fit for it’s purpose?