On this page you will find the latest news from Heading for Success partnerships. Included will be national initiatives concerning the project; competitions and incentive schemes; stories of successful students who have been involved with Heading for Success courses and anything else Heading for Success partners wish to let you know about.
Read the latest news stories below.
July 1st 2009
Education and football seminar
An education and football seminar was held at the Institute of Education on June 23rd. As well as NRDC as hosts, there were representatives from League Football Education, the Football League Trust, Premier League Education, the Professional Footballers Association, League Football Education, NIACE, the Learning & Skills Council, and the Learning & Skills Improvement Service. The seminar was organised to begin a process of sharing information about the many different educational initiatives run by the organisations represented.
It was clear that everyone round the table learned a great deal from the meeting, and much was shared between the two sectors. There was a strong view that educational ideas/initiatives would be strengthened if the football organisation were consulted in advance. Potentially they could also help promote an initiative to the right people within football. Regional networking events were discussed, as was the potential of a 'directory' of useful contacts. A pooling of knowledge would be a continuing important objective for any further cooperative meetings.
May 29th 2009
Heading for Success 'Good Practice' Event
All those participating in Heading for Success partnerships are invited to an event at the Stadiummk, Milton Keynes on June 12th.
The purpose is to share ideas of good practice which will assist both current HfS partnerships and those planning to start a new one.
To book your place at this meeting, please contact Megan on email@example.com.
May 13th 2009
Is Heading for Success Good for your Football?
In the best traditions of NRDC research, I have been analysing the (almost) final league tables to see if there is any relationship between success on the field and involvement with Heading for Success. Initial results are very positive indeed. If we look at the premiership, currently leading are Manchester Utd, one of the first supporters of the HfS project. Leading the way into the Premiership next year as Championship Champions are Wolverhampton Wanderers, again great supporters of the project while the champions of Division 2 are Brentford, again HfS participants. League 1 is a slight disappointment, as Milton Keynes Dons finished only third and have to scrap it out in the play-offs to get promotion.
I think the message is unmistakeable. Forming a partnership with a dynamic local college to deliver Skills for Life courses to adults clearly has a beneficial effect on a club's footballing prowess!
Note: this research has not been peer-reviewed.
April 20th 2009
HfS Resources available.
DIUS are very keen to distribute their remaining Coachwise resources to the sector. They still have stocks of the following:
Entry level 3 Coachwise Tutor Pack
Level 1 Coachwise Tutor Pack
Level 2 Coachwise Tutor Pack
Entry level 3 Numeracy Coachwise Learner Material
Level 1 Numeracy Coachwise Learner Material
Level 2 Numeracy Coachwise Learner Material
Entry level 3 Literacy Coachwise Learner Material
Level 1 Literacy Coachwise Learner Material
Level 2 Literacy Coachwise Learner Material
If you would like to order any of these resources, you can:
Telephone: 0845-602 8032
Fax: 01375 484556
Or go to http://www.dius.gov.uk/publications/index.html
Using the website, I recommend you use the Search facility, add the code number and select the URN search button.
There is only a limited amount of time to order this material, so if you use the Coachwise materials or think that you might like to, don't delay.
March 12th 2009
Jan 7th 2009
The Milton Keynes resources are now available and will be presented by Sue Burns at the Heading for Success networking events. The entire work pack can be accessed here: www.talent.ac.uk/hfsworkpacks or each topic can be downloaded separately:
• Pack 1 Team Spirit - A newsletter that links to a number of the activities below (is attached to each of the relevant activities below)
• Pack 2 All about words http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfswords
• Pack 3 Spelling strategies http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfsspelling
• Pack 4 Getting started with punctuation: http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfspunctuation
• Pack 5 Types of text http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfstext
• Pack 6 Asking the right questions http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfsquestions
• Pack 7 Reading detail http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfsreading
• Pack 8 Using the personal badge http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfsbadge
• Pack 9 Skills and personal qualities http://www.talent.ac.uk/hfsskills
Heading for Success Networking Events
In order to support local Heading for Success partnerships, we are announcing two 'Networking Events' in January 2009:
- January 29th, Boundary Park Oldham
- February 3rd, Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
Speakers will include:
- Lucy Oakley from Talent
- Sue Burns from Milton Keynes College presenting their football contextualised resources
- Gill Biel and Andy Morgan from Wolverhampton (Wanderers and College) on how their projects fits with Wolves community involvement
- Ray Hill from Greenwich Community College on teaching and learning lessons from the project
The purpose of these events is to share your thoughts and experiences about Heading for Success, your achievements, problems and frustrations and see how your experience compares with other HfS partnerships.
We would like to invite all Football Club, College and other educations providers to join us at these free events.
They will also be an opportunity for any other clubs or providers who may be thinking of starting a Heading for Success partnership to come along and talk to the organisations which have already 'been there and done it.
There is no cost to attending so if you would like to join us at Milton Keynes or Oldham, just let Megan know: M.Farquharson-Roberts@ioe.ac.uk or 020 7612 6476
Nov 17th 2008
Towards the end of January the Get On team will be teaming up with some famous football personalities to launch a national competition to get the nation writing new football chants. Football fans are being linguistically creative without even realising it when they create football chants, and Get On want to tap into this enthusiasm for language.
To get in touch with Get On by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 3rd 2008
- Heading for Success was represented at the recent national Skills for Life conference in London
At the national Skills for Life conference held in London on October 31st there was a Heading for Success workshop. The background to the project was outlined, and delegates also heard from Andy Alexander and Alan Sanders from Brighton and Hove Albion, and Teresa Cambell from Greenwich Community College. It was clear from subsequent discussions that there is continuing interest from many providers in investigating how Heading for Success might work within their own Skills for Life provision.
Download here the NRDC and Brighton and Hove Albion presentations.
Oct 24th 2008
- The Heading for Success project is running a workshop at the DIUS Skills for Life Conference in London on October 31st. At these workshops there will be an opportunity to hear from both football clubs and providers as they explain how their HfS projects have brought success for learners, football in the community and for educational providers.