Young People in State Education

The Department for Education published data showing what proportion of students in every state-funded mainstream school, college or local authority in England progressed into further or higher education or employment or training. Key findings include:
• In 1,394 schools, no student went to Oxbridge
• In the year after taking an A-level or equivalent, 62% of young people were in some form of sustained education with 48% at a higher education institution
• London local authorities dominate the table of councils sending the highest proportion to university, with Redbridge (66%) and Ealing and Enfield (both 64%) topping the list
• Fewer than a third of students in schools or colleges in Portsmouth, Southampton and Bristol go to university
• Reading (6%) and Bournemouth, Buckinghamshire and Sutton (all 3%) provided the highest proportion of Oxbridge students

Not in the office

Had fun visiting a church based community youth group last night and playing a madder than mad game of 3 aside!! football, hilarious Struck, as ever, by the wonderful volunteers who faithfully invest time and energy in the lives of young people.
This morning I’m on the way to visit a church and meet with the Vicar and the youth worker to learn a little more of what they are doing in the community they serve!
This also means some good thinking time whilst piloting the Skoda, Yellow Braces camp being the subject of my musing today. Two weeks to go!

Angus, thongs and perfect snogging

I finally got round to watching this tween movie at the weekend … part professional interest and part, well …. I just love tween and teen movies. There were definitely some ‘lift out’ clips for the training I run on ‘Ministry with Tweenagers’ but even better the were some genuine ‘laugh out loud’ (I know I could have written LOL but that felt a little bit WYS*) moments for Jo and I as parents.
I also have a whole new role model as slightly embarrassing dad in Alan Davies’s character, Bob!
*Wannabe Youth Syndrome

M.A Contemporary Ecclesiology

I’m very excited about possibly starting an M.A with KCL in “Contemporary Ecclesiology” in September. Just working through the details with the Diocese and hoping for a decision soon. What an opportunity!
For some reason writing about this brought the phrase,
“I learn!”
to my mind …. which in it’s context looks like this:


Musing on quite a number of christian camps I’ve been on (and those I’ve run), I’m musing on how we easily replicate a hierarchical model of leadership? How easily we fall into the mode of how it’s ‘always’ been done, and how this is often a pyramid top-down structure.
‘Yellow Braces’ (The Diocesan Camp) has become increasingly centred around family/community, and in many ways influenced by something quite monastic. I’m aware though that hierarchy may still be too inherent.
I’m therefore wondering about what ‘leadership’ looks like with a conscious decision to strip away some of the unconsciously replicated power and position practices that we easily default to.

Wild Dining

Last night the youth worker I am visiting Sweden with and myself were taken out for a meal at a wild dining venue in the countryside. By wild I don’t mean crazy, I mean wild food out in the wild (although we ate in the shed (yay!) that is pictured.
swedish dining room.jpg
There is no menu, you are brought whatever is the meat of the day (for us it was Wild Boar) cooked outside with a selection of potato and vegetables cooked in a nearby shack. The meat was incredibly rich and flavoursome, wonderful! Sitting and chatting and watching the lake was a great experience. Sometime later we were asked if we would like dessert. Again no menu, we wanted dessert so we were brought dessert. In this case a dish featuring local berries, delicious.
I think this is my favourite restaurant ever, weird given that it involved no menu, no choice … and eating in a shed *laughing*