Mind the crevice

In recent months, I began to feel - so acutely - the distance between me and what Further Education is really all about, widening. I could no longer put my finger on what we were doing - what was it really all about? What was I here for? What impact was I having? These spreadsheets, …

Meetings Kits

Earlier on this year, as I sat twiddling my thumbs and checking my emails in yet another meeting, I began to wonder if there was another way. The problems with meetings are variable and for me, can be summed up with a few Dilbert cartoons: Once I entered management, I soon realised the way in which …

#LearningFirst How can the system develop assessment practice that supports principled leadership?

Carolyn Robson @CaroDunelm We all work too much in isolation at present. Primary and secondary work in silos and they don't need to- teachers are teachers and learners are learners. Sean Harford @HarfordSean Examine our own principles of assessment- we are the ones making the decisions. Why are we doing it and what are we …

How Google Works: Part 1- Culture, Strategy, Talent

As I have become more and more involved in learning and development it has become increasingly obvious to me that roles in this area are so closely tied to organisational development, leading change, as well as establishing, and maintaining or refreshing an organisation's culture. I've always believed that there's no better way to achieve a …

Next Steps

'I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.' Steve Jobs, 2006 I recall sitting with the most fabulous careers advisor at Gateshead College in 2009, working through my application form for …

#lsgwebinar- Revealed: the truth about the learning lives of managers

Managers are crucial to learning in organisations. They decide who has time to learn and when, and their attitude towards the L&D department can determine how entire departments approach it. But how do managers themselves learn and how can L&D influence them? Recently GoodPractice engaged with ComRes to ask 500 UK managers what they get …

1 Year in…reflections

It's almost 1 year into my leadership journey and I feel that calls for a reflective blog. Or perhaps the real reasons are that I had an end of transformational leaders programme presentation to prepare for last Friday and final reflections with my coach tomorrow? I was incredibly nervous about my presentation to fellow leaders. I have …

Career Colleges- Ruth Gilbert

Their portal contains best practice from the Colleges. Employer endorsement on everything! Guaranteed interviews etc. Preparing for the future involves qualifications but much more besides: Workplace practices in education- incl. embedded maths,English and STEM Future industry needs are understood- even if they change career pathway Creative & critical thinking and independence are well-developed Meaningful work …