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1 Helping Our Children Learn To Succeed - “EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY” Understanding and Helping Young People Succeed In The 21st CenturyHelping Our Children Learn To Succeed - “EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY”Keef Feeley Learning ConsultantKey Stage 3 Strategy
2 What do our children need to learn to succeed? REFLECTION TIME“Learning” in the 21st Centuryis to be very different fromthat in the 20th century,and the parent in thisvideo clip agrees with this. But what do YOU think our children need to learn in order to succeed in adult life?Key Stage 3 Strategy
3 Both the UK and France reflected this What do our children need to learn to succeed?100 years ago achieving academic success inexams was thoughtto be key to overcoming difficulties and being successful.Both the UK and France reflected this
4 What do our children need to learn to succeed? 1902 Education Act in the UK introduced national secondary schools –’the intention was to preserve as much as possible the traditional grammar- and public-school emphasis and spirit’English, History, Geography, Foreign Language, Science and Mathematics all became compulsory.
5 What do our children need to learn to succeed? Alfred Binet, a gifted psychologist, was asked by the French Ministry of Education to discover the ‘dull and defective children’Binet posed many questions to youngsters of different ages which he believed predicted success or difficulties in school, the first ‘intelligence test’.
6 What do our children need to learn to succeed? However, in the 21st century there is a large range of ‘difficulties’ experienced by virtually all young people.The news each day, demonstrates they have NOT learnt to succeedKey Stage 3 Strategy
7 Ministers target depression in government policy shift Monday, 7th December 2009Ministers target depression in government policy shiftDepression or anxiety affectsone in six people at some pointSchools, employers and GPs allHave more of a role to play inmental-health care in the UK, ministers say.The new 10-year strategy calls for more emphasis on prevention and early intervention.Mental illness accounts for a greater burden of disease than any other condition.A fifth of early deaths are related to mental health problems, compared to under a sixth for both heart disease and cancer.
8 Depression looms as global crisis Wednesday, 2nd September 2009Depression looms as global crisisThe World Health Organization predicts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.According to the WHO, depression will be the biggest health burden on society both economically and sociologically.About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems Source: WHO
9 Third of girls 'have self-harmed' Friday, 25th April 2008Third of girls 'have self-harmed'A third of UK girls aged 11 to 19have tried to harm themselves,a survey for a mentalhealthcare provider suggests.More than half of the 800 young people said they knew someone who had self-harmed - either through cutting, burning or punching themselves.The main reason given was feeling depressed, with the results among boys being slightly lower at 22%.
10 In 2006 Self Harm UK reported - 1 in 15 young people in Britain have harmed themselves, there are probably two young people in every secondary school classroom who have done it at some time.Most young people who harm themselves are aged between 11 and 25. The age at which most people start is 12, some children as young as 7 have been known to do it.Young people start self-harming to cope with their problems and feelings, but it very soon creates other serious problems It can set up an addictive pattern of behaviour, from which it can be very hard to break free.Probably ‘the tip of the iceberg’ because self-harm is often hidden
11 In 2006 the National Centre for Social Research reported that 21% of year olds and 41% of 15 year olds had drunk alcohol in an average week9% of year olds and 25% of 15 year olds were regular smokers,17% of year olds had used ‘illegal drugs’OCTOBER 2007 –Between a quarter and a third of children are thought to be overweight, and doctors fear there will be an epidemic of poor health related to obesity in coming decades.
12 Teen male suicides hit 'crisis' levels Suicide is the most common cause of death in men aged under 35 (Men’s Health Forum, 2002)Teen male suicides hit 'crisis' levelsSuicide among the teenage male population has reached "crisis" point with a 72% increase in reported cases over 20 years.Health psychologist Dr Rory O'Connor believes the growing suicide rate reflects the urgent need for society to address the wider underlying issues.He said: "We place higher expectations on our young people and we are not training our young people with the skills needed in a changing society.Fifteen to 19 is a very vulnerable age and it is everyone's responsibility to help them.”
13 UK ranked low on youth wellbeing Monday, 20th April 2009UK ranked low on youth wellbeingA table of young people's wellbeing in 29 European states - the EU plus Norway and Iceland - has ranked Britain 24th.The Netherlands was top while only Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta came lower than the UK.The table, about youngsters aged up to 19, was compiled by York University researchers for the Child Poverty Action Group using mostly 2006 data.1 Netherlands 2 Sweden 3 Norway 4 Iceland 5 Finland 6 Denmark 7 Slovenia 8 Germany 9 Ireland 10 Luxembourg 11 Austria 12 Cyprus 13 Spain 14 Belgium15 France 16 Czech Republic 17 Slovakia 18 Estonia 19 Italy 20 Poland 21 Portugal 22 Hungary 23 Greece 24 United Kingdom 25 Romania 26 Bulgaria 27 Latvia 28 Lithuania 29 Malta
14 Heads' ballot backs Sats boycott Friday, 16 April 2010Heads' ballot backs Sats boycottHead teachers have voted for a boycott ofthis year's Sats tests due to be taken by11-year-olds in England in a few weeks' time.Union leaders say they are pleased but willtake a final decision on whether the actiongoes ahead next week.These national tests, in Maths and English, are only taken in England.The unions say the tests are bad for children's education - because teachers are forced to "teach to the test" and concentrate so much on the "three Rs" that other subjects are squeezed out of the curriculum.They are also deeply opposed to the league tables drawn up from the results of the tests.
15 Playing politics with the 3Rs Saturday, 17 April 2010Playing politics with the 3RsAt every election we hear- standards are too low, schools are failing children. A frequently cited statistic is the proportion of children who leave primary school in England unable to read, write and add up properly, but what are the facts?Last year's KS2 Sats show that the % of pupils achieving the expected level 4 in English was 80% and 79% in Maths, a 49% and 45% rise from 1995Some argue this is down easier tests and more teaching-to-the-test.BUT a pupil who attains Level 3, is very far from being unable to read, write or add-up.In Maths, for example, a pupil must be able to do mental arithmetic with two digit numbers and solve written addition and subtraction problems using three digit numbers.The same is true in English. A child who reaches Level 3 but not Level 4 is still able to read a range of texts "independently" and "fluently and accurately".So how did we get to the idea that failure to reach Level 4 amounts to a failure to read and add-up properly?
16 “Well Being”"a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.(The World Health Organisation)
17 What do children need to learn to succeed? “We want everyone to havethe best chance of a happy childhood, and to develop the skills and abilities you’ll need to succeed in life.You need the confidence, learning and thinking skills to understand the world around you, and be able to adapt to change – or make change happen.”Key Stage 3 Strategy
18 What do children need to learn to succeed? “The challenge to oureducation system is clear:that it should prepare not just most children but every child to make a success of their life, developing the broader skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for this future world.” (page 6)Key Stage 3 Strategy
19 School underachievement Poor Skills & Well Being Criminal behaviourHomelessAntisocial behaviourSchool exclusionSubstance abuseSchool underachievementFamily disruptionAlcohol abuseSchool truancyPoor Skills & Well BeingSpendaholics(huge debts)SmokingGamblingDepressionHigh risk (extreme)activitiessuicideTeenage pregnanciesS.T.D.s(Promiscuity)Self-harm
20 THIS VIDEO SHOWS ONE OF ‘THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED’ “the broader skills, they will need for this future world.”THIS VIDEO SHOWS ONE OF ‘THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED’(MANAGING FEELINGS)
21 “the broader skills, they will need for this future world.” 2005 National Employers Skills Survey- the Learning Skills CouncilSkills Lacking - in order of importance1 TeamworkCustomer-handlingskillsTechnical & Practical4 Oral communication5 Problem-solving skillsWrittencommunication7 Management skills8 General IT user skills9 Literacy skills10 Numeracy skills
22 Graduates 'need work experience' Thursday 26th March 2009Graduates 'need work experience'The head of the CBI, Richard Lambert says students must get skills and first-hand experience of work while still at university.EMPLOYABILITY SKILLSSelf-managementTeam workingBusiness and customer awarenessProblem solvingCommunication & literacyApplication of numeracyApplication of information technology
23 “the broader skills, they will need for this future world.” ‘In the 2004 Enterprise survey of 20,000 employers in the UK, employers were most worried about lack of skills such as customer handling, problem solving and teamworking.In fact, research has shown that social and emotional skills had more correlation with success in the labour market than cognitive skills, IQ and formal qualifications’ (Cunha et al., 2005).
24 Skills To Learn Effectively Skills We Need To Succeed In the 21st century life is very complex and continually changingOnly Successful Learners will adapt to these new life conditionsCognitive skillsIf we are to succeed we have to learn to make good decisions with long term positive consequences.Analytical thinking –detect the key information for our decision.Conceptual thinking-understand and relate this information to overcome our difficultiesMotivationTo learn we must experience setbacks and we need to learn to stay hopeful despite these setbacks so that we become RESILIENT, otherwise we avoid attempting to overcome our difficultiesCommunication skillsWe need to learn to improve our:Concentration and increase ourAttention span to receive information.Verbal skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) andNon-verbal skills (visual gestures, body language, touch) to understand and convey informationEmpathyWe are dependent on others to help us survive, and we need to learn to become sensitive to others emotions, and appreciate others‘ feelings in order to overcome our difficultiesSkills We Need To SucceedManaging feelingsWe are born unable to control our impulses, to learn how to manage our emotions and ‘delay gratification’ is essential for our successSocial skillsOur need for attachment with others means we have a desire to be popular, so we need to learn to deal effectively with others.Learning to avoid following other people’s poor decisions to become an effective leader.Self-awarenessLearning to understand our emotions and discover our strengths and weaknesses is vital in both developing self- esteem and success
25 LEARNING THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED So why haven’t our children learnt these skills and how can we help them develop these key skills?Learning skills takes time, this video clip may help to understand how this occurs.
26 LEARNING THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED The Learning PyramidTrying to learn using this often presents many ‘barriers’Effective Learning requires a great deal of this
27 What is required to achieve success at this? LEARNING THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEEDWhat is required to achieve success at this?Fold your arms across your chestStudy which hand is ‘on top’Fold your arms ‘the other way round’Put your arms out straight in front of youQUICKLY fold your arms ‘the other way round’
28 LEARNING THE SKILLS WE NEED TO SUCCEED REFLECTION TIMEWhat activities do you think caused you to develop the skills you needed to succeed?Attempting the activity ‘Growing Up Learning To Succeed ’ may help with this question!
29 Rearing Children In Captivity Monday 4th June 2007Rearing Children In CaptivityWalking to schoolWhat has happened in the last 30 yearsor so? The risk of abduction remains tiny.In 1970, 80% of primary school-agechildren made the journey from home toschool on their own.We are rearing our children in captivity – their habitat shrinking almost daily.In 1970 the average nine-year-old girl would have been free to wander 840 metres from her front door.By 1997 it was 280 metres.Now the limit appears to have come down to the front doorstep.
30 The Incapable Generation (page 2) “Freedom’s Orphans” Raising Youth In A Changing World – IPPR Research (Nov 2006)The Incapable Generation (page 2)‘many young people today are left simply incapable of succeeding in the current socio-economic climate.’‘in just over a decade, personal and social skills or “capabilities” became times more important in determining relative life chances’
31 A Curriculum for the future The new Secondary Curriculum provides an improved focus on achieving the five outcomes of ECM to enable all young people to become: successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizensIt’s attitude not aptitude that causes failure We want many more young people who are engaged, motivated and committed to their learning because they are excited and inspired by learning and want to get involved with it are successful learners in that they know how to learn
33 so helping our children grow up successfully has Helping children learn to succeed‘The skills we need to succeed in the 21st century are unlikely to be learnt by chance,so helping our children grow up successfully hasprobably become the most difficult and important job of our lives!’
34 Helping children learn to succeed Show repeatedly (model) what you want them to learnChildren learn by copying, especially in their early years, and their behaviour will reflect what they’ve learnt.2.Demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and don’t do too much for them –Children are born keen to learn, they just need to be encouraged continually.
35 Helping children learn to succeed 3. Play and talk to them as much as possible –Children are motivated to learn by interacting with people.4. Try to read, do puzzles and challenges with them –Children need to learn to concentrate and solve problems, but they are not born able to do them.
36 Helping children learn to succeed 5. Try to avoid ‘giving in to your children’ –Children need to learn to ‘appreciate what they need’ and not ‘expect what they want’.6. Try to praise their EFFORT as much as possible –Children will learn that resilience and persistence are essential to success, not the ‘short term rewards’.
37 Helping children learn to succeed 7. Talk frequently about your feelings openly and honestly –Children need to learn to become aware of their emotions and to empathise with others for effective relationships.8. Encourage discussions that help them reflect on their actions and the consequences of them –Children need to learn to manage their emotions and understand the consequences of their actions in order to make good decisions.
38 Helping children learn to succeed 9. Try to avoid giving them ‘lots of things’, especially expensive ones –Children need to learn to value ‘learning skills more’ and ‘things less’ to avoid depression and poor mental health.10. Help them develop accurate self –assessment –Children need to learn to become experts in identifying their strengths and weaknesses in the skills they need to succeed to avoid having low self esteem.
39 Helping Our Children Learn To Succeed GIVE a man a fishHe has food for a dayTEACH a man how to fishHe has food for lifeTEACH a man HOW TO LEARN to overcome his difficultiesHe has SUCCESS for LIFE