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Ambition and Education

I had an interesting conversation recently with a friend who is a teacher. It started with her saying that the difference between us is that I am ambitious and she is not. My response was that it is impossible to be in education and without being ambitious - or rather it should be impossible. She had of course linked the concept of ambition exclusively to the practice of seeking a promoted post in a school - ambition as the desire for personal power and status rather than as the desire to make a difference. I know for a fact that she.
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Work Experience

The highlight of last week was having my 15 year old daughter on work experience with me. Apart from exposing her to a couple of very long days commuting between Broughty Ferry and Glasgow I think she really enjoyed it (but probably not half as much as I did). Her week included: * Meeting my boss, LTS Chief Executive Bernard McLeary to get an overview of the work of LTS. * Software testing/quality assurance for a virtual work experience product we are working on with Careers Scotland (now part of Skills Development Scotland). .
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Stephen Heppell

Started yesterday morning by running to catch the 0636 train from Broughty Ferry to Glasgow and ended it back at Broughty Ferry station on the 1730 train from Edinburgh. Rather then feeling tired at the end of a busy day I felt full of energy and even more enthusiastic about the future of education than usual. It had been a pretty good day with lots of progress across a number of fronts - finances, documenting systems, project milestones, recruitment etc (important to get this stuff right if you want to deliver anything). I had also had a good 30 minute.
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Last Week/This Week 13 May 208

It's 1645 and doing a blog post has been sitting on my to do list all day. I'm in Dundee on the 9th floor of City House and the view across the docks towards Broughty Ferry and the firth of Tay is really spectacular. The highlight of last week was a presentation to a group of visitors from The Hanban (The Office of Chinese Language Council International). My CEO, Bernard, and our Head of International Education Prof Kay Livingston had recently visited China with The Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hislop and this was a follow-up meeting to look at what we are.
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Last week (and a bit) 28 April 2008

I have been out and about a lot over the last couple of weeks and not found much time to post – so time for a bit of a catch-up. I spent 24 hours in Belfast a couple of weeks ago with my counterparts from Wales and Northern Ireland. Looking back over my almost seven years at LTS it’s been interesting to see how the four education systems of the UK have evolved and the very different approaches that have been taken to solving common problems and modernising schooling. One thing we all have in common is a changing public sector.
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More ‘Global 6’ Press Coverage

The press coverage of the George Lucas Education Foundation Award has been really amazing. My inbox has full of emails from former colleagues, friends and relatives. Must try to win awards more often as it's a great way to re-connect with the past :) Anyway I really liked this article in the Sunday Times last week (just in case you missed it) and thought it captured a little bit of what we are trying to do at LTS..
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‘Edutopia’ Article for Global 6 Award

As part of the award I was asked to answer a few question for 'Edutopia' the front-end of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Starts: O'Donnell describes the ups and downs of the Glow roll-out in his blog but his main lesson learned is about the importance of patience and good-faith collaboration: "The time it takes to take people with you is an investment for the future." Read the Q&A

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George Lucas Educational Foundation: Global 6

It must be a quiet news day because I found myself featured in the newspapers this morning. The Scotsman newspaper had me joining the Global Elite and the Dundee Courier had an article claiming that ‘The Force is with Former Teacher’. I am used to reading about, seeing and hearing my ultra-high profile colleagues Derek Robertson (who I thought was just brilliant on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, BBC Manchester, BBC Scotland and Reporting Scotland last week) and the ubiquitous Ewan McIntosh (who has the energy.
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Last Week/This Week 24.3.08

Started last week at a Scottish Government Glow Programme Board in Edinburgh. Glow continues to progress according to plan - slow and steady but supportable and sustainable. The publicity continues to be positive and the most important advocates of Glow, our pupils and teachers, seem to like what is in offer and see the potential for the future. On Tuesday a student teacher from Canada started on work placement with LTS. She looked on the web and decided that Scotland was the place to be to learn about innovation in education (: I also met with Frank Crawford, Chief HMIe, to discuss.
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This Week 6.3.08

This week started in Glasgow with a LTS Corporate Management Team and a Glow Programme Board. Tuesday was back in Glasgow for a meeting with Andy Torrance, formerly BT now with TLG (The Learning Game). I then had a very useful leadership coaching session with Martyn Sakol of ER Consulting. The value of having someone from outside to bounce ideas off and get an objective perspective is great. The day finished with the LTS ICT Programme Board which covers more than our ICT work - from the LTS Online Service to the Scottish Learning Festival. At this time of year our.
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