The Best of Both Worlds: 5 Ideas for Teachers and Adult Trainers
Taking part in SSE’s Scale Up programme has been great for me. SSE’s approach has been carefully developed: it involves self-discovery, peer support and a lot of learning from failure. My wife jokes that it’s like Alcoholics Anonymous, but for social entrepreneurs (‘Hi, I’m Tom and I have a work problem…’). As a teacher, I can’t help but think how different it is to what generally takes place in schools.
While we spend plenty of time in the early years focussing on a child’s social skills and emotional development, this generally ebbs away as they reach secondary school. Too often, our school system prioritises exam results to the exclusion of almost everything else. Yet when employers are asked what they want, they are looking for well-rounded individuals. They want to employ staff with strong communication and social skills, a positive work ethic, and the ability to apply their knowledge – of maths or IT, for example – in practice. Furthermore, this is the kind of training that adults typically get sent on – courses on leadership, customer service or presentation skills.
Before he became CEO, Alastair was a student on the very first cohort of School for Social Entrepreneurs back in 1998, as a result of attending SSE he set up his own social enterprise which he ran for 3 years.
These first-hand experiences have shaped his leadership style, here he gives his top 5 leadership lessons for social entrepreneurs:
Whether you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not (in SSE HQ most seem to be fairly scathing!) we thought it would be nice to profile some of our fabulous fellows who are doing wonderful things in their communities.
We’ve picked 9 fellows to profile here- but of course we wish a happy valentines to everyone who has been through the SSE programme. If any of the enterprises below take your interest then you can find out more by visiting their websites.
We’ll leave it to you to work out how we’ve tediously tied this into February 14th
Mermaid Gala, Image by Lizzie Coombes
Lucy Meredith is currently a student on Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme in Leeds. Lucy set up ‘Yorkshire Life Aquatic‘ to promote health, well-being and positive body image. Yorkshire Life Aquatic uses creative performance to encourage people to use their local leisure facilities without feeling intimidated or embarrassed about wearing a swimming costume in public.