I'd like to strongly recommend that anyone who wants to be inspired by some of the new, excellent initiatives available to inspire, develop and motivate students attend one of these briefing days if they can. If you're unable to attend please do feel free to ask me questions here.
For those whole don't know ASDAN are a wrap around charity who work to support and formally accredit work students do which isn't recognised through traditional qualifications.
I was at their briefing day in York yesterday which started with the detailed academic research which has been done into the clearly substantial benefits for students doing ASDAN's own qualification - CoPE, the results of which were perfectly in line with my own experience and expectations of working with this qualification.
Then we had a presentation about the legacy 2012 education charity founded by Dr David Hemmery CBE
which has developed programs to motivate and inspire students in conjunction with the Olympic games and future major events.
(David Hemmery himself will be doing the presentation himself at the next 2 events).
That was followed by a presentation about the low cost wrap around Modern Baccalaureate qualification
which creates a single certificate which shows students' academic qualifications, wider experience and work related skills. Certificates can be printed for 40p and an employer can scan them with their mobile to check their authenticity online. There are substantial online resources to support students and centres participating and awarding bodies are audited by TLM.
That session finished at 1:45 and there there was a presentation which focused in detail on support services available to head teacher to improve their results and more time for networking with the heads, senior teachers and other individuals from inspirational charitable bodies which make a direct different to students lives.
It was an absolute privilege to be there - back in the world of education which actually makes sense to me. It was painfully obvious how unsupported those people are by all three political parties. I was the only person there associated with a political party and I would strongly recommend anyone from any party to go and show your support for the excellent work these people are doing by taking the time to understand what it is.
To attend either event please get in touch with ASDAN