When we consider what makes the best work colleagues what do we consider?
Certainly, there will be some context related body of knowledge that it will be vital to understand, although, in many cases, this will be less than might be anticipated.
More germane will be the attitudes, behaviours and competences with this your colleague addresses their work, interacts effectively with colleagues and clients, it an effective manager of time and resources and delivers solutions on time, on cost and with integrity.
Unfortunately, these qualities are not always recognised or developed in a school context which is why there is a perceived mismatch between school and work based learning.
Schools need to consider how these attitudes, behaviours and competences can be developed in students in more systematic ways so that the ways they work in teams, problem solve and communicate in school more accurately mirrors life beyond school.
Here are some pretty basic ideas which go beyond the pursuit of academic excellence and into core competences…