THIS is about the last couple of years where I have had the pleasure of working for ASDAN, an educational awarding body and registered charity. It is with the regret that I now leave ASDAN to pursue other opportunities in education and my passion for teaching and learning.
My role has been as a National Development Co-ordinator working with schools to develop curriculum’s and resources for teachers across the UK. The main part of this role was to develop and deliver training events for the professional development of school and further education practitioners. Comments from delegates can be found here. I have loved my time working with ASDAN for several reasons, but when I reflect upon my experiences these are the two main reasons why ASDAN stands out as a #GreatEducation organisation with real positive vision, values and #EduPurpose.
Firstly, you can follow ASDAN on twitter @asdaneducation. If you work in education and care about equipping young people with the skills for lifelong learning in the 21st Century, I would highly recommend that you do this. One of ASDAN’s main aims is to make learning relevant and transferable & to reward a range of learning styles. Through doing this they recognise that young people do genuinely have different learning needs! With the very narrow curriculum focus in the current educational landscape it is important to keep in mind that ASDAN are still sticking to their educational values of creating varied learning experiences for ALL learners, while celebrating the diversity that exists in young people. I have found it really refreshing to work with teaching professionals across the UK who also believe in this. I feel that my work has given me the opportunity to provide advice and guidance to improve the life chances of so many young people.
Secondly, working at the central office in Bristol with such a talented group of people (including those based around the UK) has given me the opportunity to grow professionally as a teacher. If are interested in education and you ever have the opportunity to work for ASDAN you should seriously consider it. The leadership style is that of empowering people to manage their time, contribute and share their own ideas. The directors are supportive and encourage a collegiate approach to achieving the organisations vision and values. In my opinion this is exactly how any organisation should be run and it makes the individual feel valued. My experience has been that the directors do not constantly check or monitor progress but trust employees as professionals in their individual field/specialism. I hope that I have repaid the faith placed in me as I think that I have been pro-active in meeting the needs of the organisation? I believe my colleagues would agree with me that this leadership style makes employees feel motivated to go the extra mile to be the best that they can be for the organisation.
THIS is therefore the end of a hugely enjoyable and rewarding professional chapter in my life. I want to thank every one of my colleagues at ASDAN (and those recently moved on) for contributing to a great experience. Over the past week or so, the comments that I have received from so many colleagues have been overwhelming. The comments have also given me the extra bit of confidence to know that how I conduct myself, how I interact with others and my work ethic are positive personal traits that should help me in the future as a teacher or as a school leader. Those people know who they are, so thank you so much. You will never truly know what that means to me!
It would however be remiss of me to not thank the following people individually who I have worked very closely with;
Maggie and Kath for ALL your support as line managers, as colleagues and I hope now as friends.
Kath and Sally for hiring me in the first place!
Jemma for your continuous offer of coffee, who will make it now? Oh… and sorry if the logo does not meet requirements! 😉
Julia for being a critical friend… your help in the early days was really useful. 🙂
Rob for your computing/coding/on-line teachings.
Kiel for introducing me to Minecraft and simply for being the only other Yorkshireman in the office!
Finally, Simon for making the early morning coffee to make us feel alive at 7:30am when we start work. Also for being a great guy to share a workspace (and lately a car) with on a daily basis… thanks for putting up with me!
Goodbye all at ASDAN! 🙂
Featured Image: Gained from ASDAN Design.