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School to School Collaboration with Hwb in North Wales

This week, Gemma from Marketing & Communications at CDSM went up to North Wales to check out the GwE Consortium Conference on School to School Collaboration.

Gemma tells us how it went…                              

I’m happy to say that 6 hours on the train was worth it!

The conference was a great day – everyone there was on exactly the same page, wanting to develop school collaboration and improvement in North Wales. Alex Clewett, a Digital Leader from Welsh Government, and I were both at the event representing Hwb, and primarily showcasing Hwb Networks – a tool which specifically focuses on school-to-school collaboration in a simple and cost-effective way. So when the keynote speaker Professor Mel Ainscow CBE did a talk on ‘Moving Knowledge Around – A Strategy for Fostering Equity in Education’, this really resonated with us, as we were demonstrating the ideal tool.

HwbMel talked about the City Challenge Programme, an initiative which ran in London and Greater Manchester over a three year period between 2008 and 2011. The programme recognised that if schools are going to improve, they need to improve themselves. The Government appointed ‘Challenge Advisors’, who had been successful school leaders in challenging circumstances, and these Advisors would “bang the drum” for the programme. Quickly, the programme realised that the most disadvantaged schools were the keys to success, and rapid improvement of these schools would have a ripple effect across the system. Of course, each school is unique, so each had its own Challenge Advisor to help plan and support improvement. The programme’s real game changer was when schools started working together – in almost all cases, a partner school was carefully brokered from another local authority, matching the relevant strengths. Mel gave some fantastic examples of polar-opposite schools working together and thriving, with head teachers raving about the scheme’s benefits, which included improved attendance and higher exam results.

“Seeing what someone else does is a mirror on yourself”
                                                                             – Mel Ainscow

Mel also emphasised that collecting evidence and comparing data leads to successful collaboration. It creates an interruption in the school by making you stop and think, asking the question: “Are we missing something?” Using statistical data strategically will ultimately lead to improvements in results, attendance and behaviour. Therefore, there needs to be a shared responsibility!

Time is the currency we use in schools to find out if something’s important, and there is untapped potential in each school to improve themselves – this can be realised through school networking and collaboration, additional partnerships and the understanding of where best practices are being used. Leadership also has to come from schools, with the idea of engaging the wider community to bridge the disadvantaged gap. From the City Challenges Programme, relationships continued beyond the funding, with the sustainability element being the key to continued school improvement.
CaptureInspired by the North Wales school collaboration talks, and the plenary session given by Mel Ainscow at the end of the conference, teachers were asked what they would like to see in the area, as well as what they felt was needed, in order to improve collaboration. Apart from Alex and I just wanting to stand up and shout “Hwb Networks is free!”’ (Alex actually put it much more eloquently over the microphone), the main insights into what teachers felt was needed included:

  • Schools taking the lead
  • A plan to create enough time to achieve school goals
  • Being aware of other schools’ priorities
  • A leader to know where good practice is happening
  • The ability to see which schools in their authorities are using best practice
  • A regional database to clearly show where the schools are in improvement
  • Cut down on travelling time
  • Database of schools showing the best – a cross section of schools from green to red

I immediately had alarm bells ringing in my head – at CDSM, we’ve already made many of these things available in a digital platform: MySID (My School Improvement Dashboard). MySID was created with the intention of providing teachers with a collaborative and challenge-based environment, where school leaders are supported in making their improvement and planning decisions.

Mel then concluded by giving us the most important factor needed: the collective will to make it happen.

It was amazing to see that CDSM were ahead of the game in the school improvement narrative, and we can’t wait to start helping and developing collaboration and school improvement further across Wales and beyond.

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/184093/DFE-RR215.pdf

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3 Ways the UK Automotive Sector Can Become More Competitive – Infographic

There are currently over 30 million vehicles on the road in the UK, but – even as the 7th biggest automotive provider in the world – the UK is still falling short. So how can the UK improve its performance and climb the rankings?

Text only version available here

At CDSM, we have a lot of experience in helping companies within the automotive sector, and consequently are now in a position to have expertise to share. Check out the new CDSM Infographic to find out more:

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CDSM are offering you the chance to claim a FREE Roadmap Demo with one of our Digital Learning Experts. Sign up now and our knowledgeable staff will be in touch to arrange a consultation call

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3 Ways the UK Automotive Sector Can Become More Competitive – Text Only

There are currently over 30 million vehicles on the road in the UK, but – even as the 7th biggest automotive provider in the world – the UK is still falling short. So how can the UK improve its performance and climb the rankings?

At CDSM, we have a lot of experience in helping companies within the automotive sector, and consequently are now in a position to have expertise to share. Check out the new CDSM Infographic to find out more:

CDSM are offering you the chance to claim a FREE Roadmap Demo [http://marketing.cdsm.co.uk/acton/form/11389/001d:d-0001/0/index.htm] with one of our Digital Learning Experts. Sign up now and our knowledgeable staff will be in touch to arrange a consultation call.

3 Ways the UK Automotive Sector can become more competitive

 £59.3 billion turnover each year

30 million vehicles on the road

UK is the 7th best place to do business in the world

2350 automotive suppliers in the UK (majority SME)

731,000 people employed in UK Automotive sector

18,000 apprentices working in automotive retail

BUT…

UK’s International Performance on Workforce Skills are currently not strong enough:

  • UK: 2.76
  • France, Germany, Italy, Spain: 3.88
  • Central, Eastern Europe: 3.07
  • Brazil, Russia, India, China: 3.07

Having more skilled workers is urgent –

3 things you can do…

1. Create on-boarding e-learning…

–          Demonstrate lucrative opportunities

–          Develop a better recruitment process

–          Train staff from the get-go with your expertise

–          Attract top STEM subject graduates

2. Design high quality learning…

–          Training currently lacks coherence and traction

–          Inspire employees to learn on the job

–          Develop achievable and effective framework’s

–          Blended learning is proven to be the most effective

3. Pathways for leadership and management…

–          To maintain supply chain development

–          Create long term employees and retain their skills

–          Improves UK knowledge and creates a stronger skill set internationally

CDSM have proved that Digital Learning is the way forward:

10,000 employees – 32 countries – 14 languages – 9 modules – 731 pages of e-learning content – 79 activities – 48 assessments – 25 videos = GOLD e-learning award!

Honda Results:

81% Average Satisfaction

92% wanted more e-learning in that format

88% felt the e-learning objectives were met

Sales Advisor:

  • “The format and layout made it easier to stay focused.”

Sales Manager:

  • “The content is delivered in bite sized sections – perfect for real world time management.”

Sales Advisor:

  • “Information nice and succinct. No Fluff.”

Service Manager:

  • “Very simple to follow and user friendly.

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Aggregating and Creating…Hwb just got easier

In the best traditions of agile software development, we have updated and improved Playlists just two weeks after its initial release.

Playlists (so simple to use that 400 playlists have been created by teachers on Hwb already) offers teachers in Wales a perfect solution for the creation of rich, attractive and contemporary web-ready teaching and learning content. The latest release includes eight new authoring blocks that seamlessly blend the use of instructional text and supporting imagery.

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Teachers across Wales can create teaching resources for use in their classrooms by digitising their own knowledge and experience. They can also blend them with resources from Hwb, Encyclopaedia Britannica, ImageQuest & Google Safe Search.

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At CDSM, we passionately believe that teachers are best placed to change and adapt to a new and demanding curriculum. Teachers know where teaching and learning resources are required and they have the skills and experience to fill those gaps. That is why we have created Playlists to hand the power of knowledge creation and distribution to those who work so tirelessly for the education of our young people.

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We are proud to be a Welsh company and we are constantly trying to improve the tools and experiences for teachers and learners alike. Through the Hwb project we have the opportunity to do just that. We’re always interested to hear about the dynamic and inspiring ways that you are using Playlists in your classroom, so feel free to get in touch and let us know what you think.

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Cronni a chreu…Mae Hwb newydd ddod yn haws

Fel sy’n aml yn digwydd ym maes datblygu meddalwedd hyblyg, rydym wedi diweddaru a gwella’r Rhestri Chwarae gwta bythefnos ar ôl eu cyhoeddi yn y lle cyntaf.

Mae Rhestri Chwarae mor hawdd eu defnyddio mae athrawon eisoes wedi creu 400 ohonynt ar Hwb. Mae’n cynnig ateb perffaith i athrawon yng Nghymru ar gyfer creu cynnwys addysgu a dysgu cyfoethog, deniadol a chyfoes ar y we. Mae’r fersiwn diweddaraf yn cynnwys wyth o flociau awduro sy’n darparu ffordd syml ar gyfer defnyddio testun cyfarwyddol a lluniau atodol.

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Gall athrawon ledled Cymru greu adnoddau addysgu i’w defnyddio yn eu hystafelloedd dosbarth drwy ddigido eu gwybodaeth a’u profiadau eu hunain. Gallant hefyd eu cyfuno ag adnoddau o Hwb, Encyclopaedia Britannica, ImageQuest a Google Safe Search.

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Mae CDSM yn credu’n gryf bod athrawon yn y sefyllfa orau i newid ac addasu i gwricwlwm newydd a thrwm. Mae athrawon yn gwybod pryd mae angen adnoddau addysgu a dysgu arnynt ac mae ganddynt y sgiliau a’r profiad i lenwi’r bylchau hynny. Dyna pam ein bod wedi creu Rhestri Chwarae – er mwyn sicrhau bod y broses o greu gwybodaeth a’i dosbarthu yn nwylo’r rheini sy’n gweithio mor ddiflino er mwyn addysg ein pobl ifanc.

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Rydym yn falch o fod yn gwmni o Gymru ac rydym bob amser yn ceisio gwella adnoddau a phrofiadau i athrawon a dysgwyr fel ei gilydd. Mae gennym gyfle i wneud hynny drwy’r prosiect Hwb. Rydym bob amser eisiau clywed am y ffyrdd dynamig ac ysbrydoledig rydych yn defnyddio Rhestri Chwarae yn eich ystafell ddosbarth felly mae croeso i chi gysylltu â ni i roi eich barn.

Cofrestrwch i gael ein rhestr bostio sy’n cynnwys y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ein prosiectau cyffrous yn CDSM!

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