Monday, 19 October 2009

"Intelligence plus character - that is the true goal of education"
Martin Luther King
I met with Kathryn Burns, Chief Executive of '360 People' this morning...

"It is not that young people do not have aspirations. It is not that they do not have talent. To coin a phrase, Britain's got talent - lots of it. It is not ability that is unevenly distributed in our society. It is opportunity."
'Unleashing Aspiration' Alan Milburn

360 People was established by Mick Waters supported by Tim Brighouse and aims to support young people, organisations and communities by establishing a structure for promoting individual responsibility and accomplishment for all young people. The scheme aims to empower young people and challenge the stereotype that experience equals effective individuals and leadership.The 360 People team have worked with young people to identify the characteristics required to develop 'active citizens':


  • Belief;
  • Courage;
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Prepared;
  • Leading;
  • Choices.


  • Relate;
  • Balance;
  • Co-operation.


  • Consistent;
  • Flexible;
  • Completing.

Kathryn wants to come to Leeds to run a session to show how this model works in practice. I'll be talking to colleagues about how we can do this. If you want to know more you can visit their website at www.


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