Guest Blog – David Peers, English Teacher, Newland School For Girls

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Posted on June 14, 2013.

Blogging is kind of new to me. It probably shouldn’t be, being an English Teacher, but it is one of those areas of technology that seems to have bypassed me somewhat. However, thanks to a work placement at Esteem I have now not only blogged but I have come away with an impressive amount of information and ideas about how to incorporate new technology and functional skills into the school curriculum. In fact, lots of new ideas about how to include the necessary skills from the whole Employability Charter into lessons.

The Employability Charter, which, as you are probably already aware if you are reading this, actually lists the seven most valuable skills that employers look for in young people.

The Charter is another pointer suggesting to schools that the way forward has got to be practical. The curriculum for all subjects is inevitably moving toward functionality and, within that, real world application.

For example, just from today, I have been able to incorporate a film pitch into a unit of work, not only involving real world costings and budgeting but also with the potential for a local company to deliver guidance on making a pitch and to possibly come in and judge them too. This, surely should be the direction that school curriculums have to take in order to meet the needs of a constantly evolving workplace.

Most of the ideas and technology we are using now will be out of date in next to no time – remember that even blogs were not used extensively until the late 1990s, 10 years ago there was no Facebook, 8 years ago there was no Twitter…. Subsequently, pupils must be equipped with the skills necessary to adapt and succeed in this ever-changing world of work.

These skills are common sense, but employers are constantly surprised by how many young people don’t have them. It has to be our job, as schools, businesses and communities to make sure they do.

After all, that’s the whole point isn’t it?