Festival of Education 2015- Day 2

If you enjoyed or perhaps missed the Festival of Education and you're free on Saturday 27th June, then you might be interested in attending #ReadTL15 at Reading College. It's free, there are prizes to be won, bags to be got and free lunch! My track-record with the Festival of Education, as you can tell from... Continue Reading →

Sir Ken Robinson- Creative Schools

I apologise for the soundbite style for this and most of my other posts,. They're really just my notes but hopefully they'll give you an idea of what issues were raised and thinking will be provoked. The TED talk got his message out there but he was trying to change education long before that! If... Continue Reading →

Professional Development: what works?

Working in a development role at College, this debate would be more than relevant for me. The debate was shared by Rod Bristow, from Pearson, who shared a couple of videos from John Hattie to stimulate conversation. Fergal Roche Government have been obsessed with choice and autonomy. Choice came about from Tony Blair's government. Encouraging... Continue Reading →

The wonderful Hywel Roberts!

Hywel is someone I have seen speak before but I felt I needed an injection of his positivity and enthusiasm. I feel like many of my days could do with this. I am no good with small children but being with Hywel makes me think like Primary Education might be an awful lot of fun! The... Continue Reading →

Festival of Education 2015- Day 1

If you enjoyed or perhaps missed the Festival of Education and you're free on Saturday 27th June, then you might be interested in attending #ReadTL15 at Reading College. It's free, there are prizes to be won, bags to be got and free lunch! So the day had finally arrived. If I'm perfectly honest, booking tickets... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Gillian Bridge-Resilience

Positive thinking Self-esteem Happiness Enriched environment Oxytocin Stimulation Feelings Sensitivity Mindfulness Empowerment All of these go in the bin! But she's not setting fire to them. Resilience is far more complex than any of these things might suggest. It is a construct of the brain. Sherlock's mind palace- being able to move through memories is... Continue Reading →

Dame Stella Rimington

Young people today are being pushed to work out their career pathway and start on it. She suggests that this leads to an unnecessary high level of stress. She became an archivist and she enjoyed her job but she was relaxed about it- her jobs provided her interest and excitement, which young people don't have... Continue Reading →

Are you a Festival of Education Virgin?

If you are popping your Festival of Education cherry this year then please heed the advice of an experienced lady to maximise your enjoyment of the experience: Losing your way 1- Don't book train tickets for 'Wellington' train station. Wellington College is not in Wellington, it's in Crowthorne. Yes, this actually happened. You can find... Continue Reading →

#TESFEAwards and #LFE15

At the end of an incredibly long week way back in February (!) came the #tesfeawards. It was a wonderful night to celebrate all that further education does for learners: Young and old(er) alike. I think it is perhaps the only time in my life so far that I have been to an event that... Continue Reading →

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