Burning2Learn Anniversary edition 2015
Motivating tomorrow â€™s adults today
The London Ski Show, Olympia
of motivating tomorrow’s adults by developing the talent within Anybody who works with young people will be able to tell you how rewarding it is to see that spark switch on when they feel motivated and energised about something new. We get to witness those moments at every event, seminar, conference, and show that we take our students to. There’s so much out there for young people to discover and our programmes offer students the opportunity to take that first look into the future.
our experiences and successes. Read case studies and testimonials from past students, members of staff and community stakeholders who have shared why they believe our programmes have been so effective with our students.
We aren’t only looking at the past however and this magazine will also explore possibilities and directions for future careers and job roles for young people. Burning2Learn want to spark the debate and This year, Burning2Learn celebrates ten years on encourage young people to explore the coming from when we first started out and through this world of 3D printers that can print a house in under magazine we’ll be taking a look back over some of a day and where the price of four cubes of chocolate
Founder’s Vision How it all started Event History Junior Media Team Real Impacts Empowerment and Choice Tommy Hill BSB Copperdale Trust Visit Boy to Man Where are they now? Testimonials Exploring Evolving Futures Bridging the Gap Out of the Silos One’s to watch Education Around the World Holistic Collaborators The Acorn Hub
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“The main things it will give you is experience and the confidence to express your talents – whether you’re a writer, photographer or designer, you get the chance to show what you can do.” is expected to have reached £10! There are endless possibilities out there waiting for you to dip your toes into and discover, are you brave enough to take the plunge and dive a little deeper? Whether you’re a student, teacher, parent, governor, business person, community leader or a member of the general public, join us as we take a look back to the very beginning of our journey and watch our story unfold through the eyes of those who took part in it. And if you’re interested in what we are talking about, if you think we’ve got some interesting ideas or would like to do something similar in your community, trust your instincts and get in touch. Today’s young people are getting caught up in a tumultuous economy that was not of their doing or design. They are clever and talented and strong enough to find their way in it, but they are going to need some help!
- Ben Mansfield, former B2L student
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reins so that they feel confident in leading their A Founder’s Vision own projects. By the end of the day, students feel empowered through our trust in them to go out there and talk to employers, directors, celebrities As Burning2Learn celebrates its tenth year of ‘motivating tomorrow’s adults today’ past student Maria Peters and whoever else walks onto the show floor!” catches up with founder and mentor Alan Dean. Taking a trip down memory lane, they discussed Burning2Learn’s unique approach to supporting young people in their transitions.
Alan has always believed that education should be about equipping young people with the skills they need to become employable. We’re not just talking about academic skills here; Alan also means things like having the right attitude, knowing right from wrong, being able to get up , being able to have a conversation with somebody new and even being able to get up and dressed on time!
“Respect, Responsibility, Reward.” From a young age, Alan was in charge of the Saturday workers in his father’s shop and used to try to encourage them to take on extra responsibilities in their work. In doing so, Alan saw a change in their attitudes, work ethic and the way that they performed the tasks that they were set. He noticed that by simply being trusted to take on that extra responsibility, they were really starting to take ownership in their work, and really began to flourish as employees. This was an opportunity for growth that Alan wanted to offer all young people that he came across - and that’s exactly what he went on to do.
As the discussion went on, Alan recalled an occasion when he had asked a student for their opinion at an event who then turned to him and responded, ‘Why are you asking me what I think? Why does that matter?” Hearing this was startling for Alan, and he couldn’t believe that the idea that their opinions were important was ‘totally alien’ to the student. The low self-esteem reflected in these sentiments is something that is common amongst many young people, and that’s where B2L comes in. Burning2Learn’s programmes take away that initial self-doubt and instill confidence in its place. There are always parts of our childhood that we remember, those significant moments that really stand out when you look back. Through programmes like this, young people are given opportunities for those moments to happen - and when they do, it can be life changing. You’ll always remember the day that you sat on the seat behind the Prime Minister in a room filled with world leaders from over 63 countries, when you bumped into Katie Melua at Silverstone when you were on your way to interview a World Champion Rider, or the day that the CEO of BT took half an hour out of his pressing schedule to have a cup of coffee and an interview lead by you - with questions that you wrote! I know this first hand because those are just a handful of the experiences that I had when I was a Burning2Learn student. And being part of incredible experiences like these are not just something that empowers you that day for that experience, it instills a confidence and self-belief that reemerges with every new challenge that you face.
“The change we see in young people when they are given that trust and responsibility to get the job done is incredible, and it’s a learning opportunity that I believe all youngsters This rebooted self-confidence is something which Alan should have a chance to experience.” has seen blossom time and time again.
For over a decade Burning2Learn has designed and delivered programmes that build self-esteem, confidence and motivation. For example, through the Junior Media Team Programme students are welcomed into the inquisitive worlds of over a hundred industries and given exclusive insights into the business world through industry professionals themselves! Whether it was an interview with a CEO or presenting to a room filled with MPs, the experiences that Burning2Learn’s programmes offer have had irreversible impacts on their students.
“The impacts of these experiences on the young people that we work with have been phenomenal. It’s not just taking them to events that does it - it’s being prepared to hand over the
“It’s all about getting them involved and showing them that they are valued. That’s what builds the self-esteem, that’s what makes them feel confident enough to aspire and chance their dreams.” This is just a glimpse of the incredible work that B2L has been involved in over the last few years. In this special anniversary edition, we’ll take a look back over the successes that the company has had, we’ll identify which areas have been most effective and why and we’ll discuss new approaches to preparing young people for the future ahead!
James Toseland wins the WSBK Championship with his inspired nephew beaming up at him
They may come true
The Burning2Learn media team talking to an Italian WSBK team with French riders in Kawasaki’s hospitality suite
Motivating young people in their learning Burning2Learn originally started out as a programme within Alan Dean Associates, a construction company that also offered work related learning to young people through real construction projects. These projects included building reminiscence rooms and sensory gardens in old people’s homes, which reengaged them in their education by providing a tangible relevance to what they were studying for students who didn’t see the point in going to school. “At the time, the Prince’s Trust was looking to improve student attendance rates and identified our work as being very effective and useful. I put forward the ‘Two can challenge’ which developed our students’ understanding of how to work together and support each other with the skills that we all have,” Alan explained. Alan continued to explain how he was able to follow up the work with one student by helping him get a foot into the career he wanted. The student was interested in becoming
a landscape gardener and Alan supported him in writing to the jet garage about carrying out some gardening work for them. “The Jet Garage responded positively and we saw how a young lad had been connected to a career that he was interested in, and he developed the necessary skills for this profession through our programmes”. In 2004 Alan took a group of students from Furness School in Hextable to a race event at Silverstone as a reward for some work they had done in their community. The power of the media became apparent to me when Simon Bradley wrote an article on motorbike’s today on the transformation he had seen one of our students make; After reading Simon’s article, Alan realised that empowering young people through media was an effective way to build confidence and help his students to find a focus for their energy. So he decided to continue his work in schools and looked at different ways that he could inspire and motivate youngsters through
media. “We bought a couple of Macbooks and designed some programmes that were able to be tailored to the interests of the students. We started to look at ways that we could engage young people in new aspirations and encourage them to aim higher, whilst keeping the programmes relevant to their school work. We looked at language skills, graphic design, science and engineering etc and so, in 2005, Burning2Learn was formed”.
Grand Designs Live
Through their programmes, Burning2Learn started teaching young people personal skills, character strengths, motivation and self-esteem in ways that they wouldn’t usually get the opportunity to experience in the classroom. “We called it education by stealth, because the young people couldn’t see it coming, they just saw it as a day out of school!” Conscious that their programmes would only be associated with motorbikes and attract a predominantly male audience, Burning2Learn soon expanded to broader and more versatile events. They began taking students to events at London’s Excel, Birmingham’s NEC Arena, Earls Court, Olympia and many more, using the Junior Media Team model so that students could explore wide and vastly ranging career opportunities for themselves. As member of the Junior Media Team, students conducted interviews, learnt their way around a camera and built up the confidence to speak professionally and maturely to anyone they bumped into on at the shows. Whether it was Grammar School students or Special Needs students that took part in the events they had to step up to the plate and produce their own publications within a few hours! Publications were handed out hot-off-the-press to exhibition visitors as they left the events, so the students really had to respond to the pressures of real work!
BMW Hospitality, Silverstone Martin McColl’s Corporate Day at Upton Park
The London Ski and Snowboard Show
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We offer young people the chance to explore the world around them in a self-empowering educational way. Our programmes disguise the actual learning part by using media as a ‘hidden platform’ that encourages our students to take risks and find their place in the team. They’ll spend their day interviewing exhibitors, meeting new people and producing a high quality print ready publication that will be handed out to visitors at the end of the show. Many school subjects like Maths, English and Science crop up across our whole working lives and our programmes aim to tie the strands together so that young people can better understand the relevance of these subjects on their lives now and in the future.
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Autosport Live The Bett Show The Big Bang Fare One Year On, BIS British Superbikes, Brands Hatch British Touring Cars Buckmore Park TES Education Show The London Boat Show The London Car Show The Clothes Show Live Dianne Abbot MP’s LSBC Awards Eco Build National After The Riots Forum Formula Ford FutureFest The Gadget Show Live World Gaming Expo Grand Designs Live London Golf and Tennis Show Guardian Young Reporters Hampton Court Flower Show iDiscover, Nesta Iraq Ten Years On The Kent Disability Games The Kent Show Kent 2020 Sustainable Brands Live Moto GP, Silverstone New Designers OIECEC, Brussels Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit Red Bull Rookies Rockingham Boat Show The Scottish Referendum, A Campaigner’s View The Ski and Snowboard Show Skills North West TEDx, London Roundhouse Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy Conference, Switzerland World Superbikes Series
Unlock your Potential What is the Junior Media Team? The Junior Media Team is typically made up of students aged 14-16, but there’s plenty of scope for both older and younger students. This programme is all about developing motivation, self-esteem and confidence. Through creative project based experiences our students develop as a team and are able to identify their own roles to play as a valued member of that team. You might not be interested in We take students to events of all shapes and sizes writing a news story, but you may want to learn more to give them the opportunity to dig a little deeper about photography or design a front cover! into the world around them that they will one day enter. We try to encourage our students to take For some of our students, enhancing skills like risks and do this by building trust and showing them being able to speak to somebody new, having the that they are valued. We do this by engaging them confidence to stand up at the front or put your in the team briefing where the floor is open to their hand up in class are extremely important. Building suggestions about what news and reports can be self-esteem and motivation have huge impacts on a collected throughout the day, and by empowering child’s views about doing this; both in the classroom them to go out there and put their ideas into action. and in everyday life. Our human-centric approach allows us to tailor our programmes to each school’s need and gives young This experience is a unique opportunity for people the chance to learn about the things that transformations to take place and many of our really make them tick! students become mentors for their other classmates. By empowering them and showing them that they are valued, you release a fantastic energy that makes Kent County Show, Detling the them confident enough to give it a go and take a few risks. They may be scared at first, but that’s why developing trust in the beginning is key so that they can be reassured that whatever happens there’s a Burning2Learn shaped safety net waiting to catch them if something doesn’t go quite according to plan! The great thing about empowerment is getting to see a young person come to life and once that spark has been lit they’ll see for themselves that they have the ability to shine. Empowering young people is the first impact of a Junior Media Team Experience, and by the end of the day they’ll have discovered the of self-empowerment.
If you’re interested in bringing the Junior Media Team Experience to your school contact us at email@example.com or phone 01322 614000
â€œIt is very beneficial to young people, I guess it allows them to have different opportunities and to function in the real world by taking skills they have learnt in a theoretical environment and apply them to practical situations.â€? - Benjamin Viney, former Burning2Learn student
Autosport Show, NEC Birmingham
Real Impacts with proven results
Deputy Headteacher Tim South makes links with WSBK World Champion Rider Noriyuki Haga through B2L. Tim and his students designed and created flags to celebrate ‘Children’s Day’ on 5th May, bringing real links to interesting cultures into their learning.
Empowerment and personal choice As Children and Families Manager at Rowhill School Dave Sandford has been involved in supporting vulnerable children and young people for over thirteen years. Throughout his career in education Dave has seen his students take part in many early intervention and extra-curricular programmes facilitated by external providers.
You give certain people the confidence to do what they want to do and empower them to make a decision that is right for them.”
Furthermore, Dave then described how influential building that confidence in the students is, as it makes them feel valued. Children as young as 5 years old are being identified using terms and conditions Ten years on from when Dave first encountered as labels, and when these children aren’t offered Burning2Learn he is still supportive of our support in the right way, this very often leads to social programmes, as he has seen the impacts they breakdowns. Burning2Learn’s programmes reverse these social breakdowns, Dave explained, as they have had on his students first-hand. give young people a purpose. Having a purpose “Your impact was from day one - I felt - because it instills a desire to learn as they start to understand was different. Your programmes give trust and create the relevance of different topics and how it can help independence that enables young people to try some- them in their own lives; thing new.” “I think it was the practical side of the learning that We asked Dave what made our programmes stand was different as you gave them that confidence to out and why he believed they were effective on see that there are things out there that they can do. the lives of his students, to which he responded by They may not be the best writer or good at Maths, saying, “Burning2Learn is child and young person but you opened their eyes to the other skill sets focused, rather than being done for your own ends.” that they didn’t even know they had, like catering, landscape gardening and ICT.” Dave went on to explain why he believes the Burning2Learn approach was particularly effective Dave’s continued support has been overwhelming for Burning2Learn and reinforces the strengths with more isolated students; in this approach to learning and personal “Your programmes had the most impact with the development of young people as individuals. students that were isolated with the lives they had.
Tommy Hill with Burning2Learn star of 2009
BSB Champion becomes B2L Ambassador One of the Burning2Learn mottoes that any of our students would recognise is ‘never give up’, which has a big association with British Superbike Rider, Tommy Hill. Tommy has been a great supporter of Burning2Learn, and his story has also been a real inspiration for our students over the years. At the age of 6, Tommy started to compete in motorcycle races and progressed through to high level schoolboy motocross until he had a near fatal accident which caused him to retire from the sport. Still having the ambition to race and a bug for motorcycles, Tommy soon returned making his first debut in the British Championship in 2001.
highly motivated professional racer. But even when he has just stepped off the track, Tommy has always managed to find time for the Burning2Learn students because he is passionate about sharing the essential life lessons that he has learnt: “I’m Tommy Hill, this is a message to all the Burning2Learn kids; stay strong, keep fighting, never give up - I’ve pushed all my life, had ups and downs and jumped over many hurdles - and they’re there to be knocked down. So keep pushing, keep trying and succeed!” Tommy has been a pleasure to work with over the years, and such a strong role model for our students. He always puts aside time for an interview with our team and uses it as an opportunity to spread positive messages. He often talks about how he always stayed out of trouble as a kid, because he knew how important having a good track record was to becoming a professional sportsman - there are no words for how influential hearing messages like that from somebody like him can be on a young person’s life!
He went on to become the youngest rider to win a Superbike race, the youngest rider to qualify in pole position at World Superbikes, and has now won numerous British Superbike events. In 2011 he was crowned British Superbike Champion and raced to victory in one of the most talked about races in motorcycle history. Tommy has been on an unforgettable journey that has shaped his look on life and made him a strong minded, determined and 14
A whole community Following the First Official National After the Riots Forum in February 2012, Burning2Learn were invited to join a Sustainable Communities Network made up of other individuals and organisations who are all working with young people in communities.
We carried on talking to Phil and tried to show him that not everybody thinks like he has been treated in the past and that it’s ok to ask for help when you need it. It was then that he said, “You’re the first person to speak to me that hasn’t given me a label”.
The Copperdale Trust, based in Wythenshawe, belongs to this network and invited our steering group to visit them in Manchester. Founders of the Trust, Anne and Terry Panks are a married couple who have devoted their lives to supporting young people. In 2010, they set up the Copperdale Trust as a family home for up to ten young single men who need time to recoup and make a fresh start or a new beginning. Whilst staying at Copperdale, there is the opportunity to brush up on life skills and become independent. Everybody is encouraged to make the very best of themselves and Anne and Terry help them to find training and employment which will eventually enable them to move on.
We also spoke with Matthew, another ex-prisoner staying at Copperdale, about his ambitions and hopes for the future. Once we had left, Matthew said to Anne, “They’ll (Burning2Learn) be ringing me next week”. Anne was totally gob-smacked because, as she said, “that boy said that in his whole life he hasn’t trusted a single people, and yet he believes that you’re going to call back, that speaks volumes!”
“You’re the first person to speak to me that hasn’t given me a label”
There’s no secret to how Phil was able to ask for help for the first time or how Matthew was able to trust us, all we did was talk to them. Taking the time to talk to young people and ask them what they need allows them to see that they are valued. The proof is in this visit when just one conversation left two boys feeling more valued than ever before in their lives. They felt valued because the people they were speaking to had the empathy and ability to listen to their story.
For Burning2Learn, this visit really reinforced the impact that our approach to supporting young people can have and demonstrated that even with 20-24 year olds the same human centric approach When we visited the trust we met two of the young does work. By simply taking the time to build trust in men staying there who opened up about how they our relationships with young people first, we are able had ended up in prison and their experiences since: to achieve so much more. And the results speak for themselves; Phil went from sitting around the house What started out as a polite chat ended up unmotivated to becoming proactive, getting down doing the world of good to the first of two young the gym every day and doing his community service. men that we met at Copperdale. Phil admitted that he wouldn’t usually talk to anybody about himself, but shared that he felt comfortable talking to us because we ‘didn’t make any assumptions’. He said that Burning2Learn made him feel trusted and like his story mattered. Phil admitted that all he wanted was for people to give him a chance to turn his life around, but that he didn’t see the point in asking for help because he was so used to being judged by his criminal record. Since he went to prison people had stopped seeing Phil as a person and saw him only as an ‘ex-offender’, which meant that he couldn’t shake the label no matter how much he wanted to change. Copperdale Trust, Benchill Manchester
“I learnt that when somebody gives you the opportunity to believe in yourself you’ve got to prove them right and make the most of it.”
Ross’ story Ross is a former Burning2Learn student and his story respect… and I learnt that you don’t have to act like really personifies the positive impacts that our an idiot to get respect”. programmes can have on the lives of young people. Ross really transformed through his experiences As a young lad Ross had always thought that being with Burning2Learn. He was inspired by all the riders in and out of prison was ‘just a fact of life’ and he that he had seen and interviewed, and he was also didn’t see it as an option. He freely admits, “Up until inspired by Burning2Learn’s belief in him as person, year nine I was your typical mouthy, vile, abusive, “You’ve got to have believe in somebody when they believe in you.” aggressive school kid”. When asked what changed, Ross explained that ‘after year nine I learnt to respect through working with Alan. School weren’t expecting me to get anything and I wanted to prove them wrong. Alan said if you carry on like this you’re not gonna get any
During a WSBK trip, Alan approached World Superbike Champion, James Toesland and shared Ross’ story with him and explained how James had inspired Ross to step up and sort his behaviour out.
Ross meeting WSBK CEO Paolo Flammini in Valencia
In response, James personally wrote Ross a letter expressing how pleased he was that winning the World Championship had influenced Ross’ life, and finished by saying, “I’m proud of you for being strong and determined to do well now with whatever challenges are put your way. Keep up the good work mate!! Your friend, James Toseland”.
“If a World Champion can respect me then I can respect myself.”
As a result of the Burning2Learn programmes, Ross developed a changed attitude and now believes that ‘when somebody gives you the opportunity to believe in yourself you have to prove them right’. Ross says that working with Burning2Learn has made him more confident in himself, he is no longer abusive or aggressive and he has many experiences to take with him in his future.
Kent students join Burning2Learn and take part in Kent County Councilâ€™s Transition engagement Programme
Where are they now? At Burning2Learn we work hard to maintain the trust that we build with our students, and we reinforce the confident momentum that comes off the back of our programmes with continued positive communication. Students often keep in touch and let us know what theyâ€™re up to in their careers, here are some examples:
Copywriter Social Sciences Degree Painter & Decorator Radio Presenter Fine Artist Cruise ship Photographer
“Katie believes that Burning2Learn has built her confidence through making her responsible. She was given tasks within a working environment that she followed through and was able to complete by herself. Also learning life skills like traveling in and out of London and learning to use the tube added to her confidence. She is now up in London doing a work placement in fashion and we’re just seeing a more confident Katie!”
Katie Guyver awarded Star of 2009 Award by Tommy Hill
- Mr Guyver, Katie’s father
“I have been meaning for some time to write to you to formally thank you for the work you have personally done with this young man and also to your colleagues who have also made a positive contribution. Without going into the details you will be aware that John has suffered extreme trauma during his young life and his learning and self esteem have suffered as an obvious consequence. I have known John since he was a year 6 and he is now nearing his end at Rowhill as a year 11. I would doubt if anyone knows him better than me, and on this basis I wish to express my sincere thanks for your input in helping this young man develop his confidence and self worth. It is a joy to see him looking so well and being confident in what he attempts. On behalf of John, Rowhill School and myself, thank you!” Rowhill student invited to meet Beijing Paralympians on their way home
PGA Tournament Director Politics Degree Underwriter Graphics Designer Fashion Student Brick Layer
Entrepreneur Teaching Degree Journalist Retail Actor Roofer Wedding Photographer
- David Sandford, Children and Families Manager
Travel Agent Insurance Broker Digital Interactive Designer Branding & Marketing Dental Nurse Advertising Executive
Recycling Officer ICT Support Estate Agent Banking Sports Coach Event Organiser
Testimonials “Having attended the Friday morning session at Donington Park with twelve of our students, I was very pleased to see how well they dealt with being in an adult, working environment. The students we see in the context of the classroom were given a fantastic opportunity to put some of their skills into practice under expert guidance. It was amazing to see how they took it all in their stride and how enthusiastic they were to try new ideas. Of particular note was the confidence showed in communicating with a whole range of personnel either employed by or visiting Donington Park.” - English Teacher
“On behalf of the pupils and staff of Beckmead School may I show our appreciation of your generosity in supporting the “Burning2Learn” programme at Silverstone. My boys have never had an experience like it. They have all been statemented as having ‘severe emotional and behavioural difficulties’. On the day they were simply school pupils with no labels. Your generosity in providing such a wonderful base gave them a sense of pride and self-worth that is immeasurable. I am a great believer in the work Mr. Alan Dean is promoting. The whole experience was greatly heightened by your wonderful ICW facility. Thank you for caring.” - Terry Ellis, Deputy Headteacher
Harris Academy students taking part in a Burning2Learn Project as part of Nesta’s iDiscover programme, 2011
“I would like to write and personally thank you for your help and co-operation in this year’s Swanley in Bloom. Congratulations on winning the Chairman’s Trophy for outstanding community presentation and effort for the planting at the Jet Garage. The project is just the type of community involvement which supports the In Bloom message and it was deservedly rewarded. I hope that we can continue working on similar projects to further enhance our community in the future; perhaps the 1st place will be ours next year. Thank you again for your help in securing 2nd place for Swanley in this year’s South East in Bloom competition.”
“What a wonderful achievement! Eight hours of careful purposeful planning and subsequent endeavor and electric light is supplied to the French Café. We thank all involved for their commitment, enthusiasm and tolerance in achieving a minor miracle of Anneka Rice proportion. From all at Parkwood, we wish to send our extreme gratitude to everyone from The Swanley Chamber of Commerce. Long may this link with Parkwood flourish. Here’s to the future.” - R T Lane Headteacher
- Mrs Barbara Killick, Chairman
“50% of primary school children will end up in jobs that haven’t even been created yet.” - The Works Foundation Technological advances are growing at exponential rates which are leading the world into continuous and sometimes unpredictable - change. People have been saying it for a while, but I think now, more than ever, we are starting to wake up to the realisation that the 21st century really is where everything changes. Bio Factories, big data and driverless - well, everything - are just a few examples of the confident strides towards newer and crisper innovations that are beginning to be taken all over the world. And as a result, the routes and choices that lay before the feet of young people are more turbulent than ever. A recent article in The Economist quoted Bill Gates as saying at least a dozen job types will be taken over by robots and automation in the next two decades, and these jobs cover both high-paying and low-skilled workers. Some of the positions he mentioned were commercial pilots, legal work, technical writing, telemarketers, accountants, retail workers, and real estate sales agents. So what does this mean for young people?
An unknown future Futurists believe that young people are expected to have four careers, live in at least two different countries and to be employed in jobs that have not even been created yet, throughout the course of their working lives. More and more breakthroughs in innovation are reshaping the world of work as we know it. We’ve all heard of 3D printing by now - but what about 3D printed houses? It is believed that we are approaching an era where 3D printers will have the capabilities of printing an entire house in less than a day! It is also believed that we are heading towards a ‘trillion sensor future’ as industry experts are now projecting that we will reach 1 trillion sensors in the world by 2024, and 100 trillion by 2036! It goes without saying that big data has already created jobs and career paths that didn’t even exist ten years ago through social media, blogs, web browsing and company’s security systems. All of these are generating
enormous quantities of data; which all needs to be stored, managed, analyzed and protected. Big data is a clear example of how technological advancement can and does come with job roles (even if we can’t be sure on what exactly future roles will entail yet!) So between the decline in job roles that we’ve expected to have to fill for centuries, to jobs that haven’t even been created yet, we are all going to need to start thinking differently about how to prepare young people for the evolving world of work. These are not doom and gloom sentiments, rather a wakeup call for parents, teachers and community leaders who are each faced with a unique challenge ahead in preparing young people for tomorrow’s evolving future.
How do we prepare our young people? B2L believe that in order to prepare young people for the turbulent world of work we must develop young people as human beings; by enhancing personal and social interaction skills, restoring self-esteem and confidence and igniting motivation. In doing so we can help young people build up a bank of skills that will give them a kick start into any industry. It’s about showing them how to be employable and developing the strength of mind to be resilient. There are lots of ways to build up these skills and Burning2Learn believe that more emphasis should be put into encouraging young people to think as creatively, independently and perceptively as possible. Creativity is especially important as the solutions to tomorrow’s problems are in the minds of our young people today. For us, opportunities to learn and grow these types of skills need to be embedded into the national curriculum. The rate of change may be unparalleled to that of any other time in human history, but this is not something to fear. Supporting young people as individuals will give them a fighting chance - regardless of which industry they go into!
Exploring evolving futures We can help you kick start the debate in your school to open up the coming world and help you figure out your place in it! There’s a whole host of topics waiting to be discussed...
University student, Alex Burnett, shares what B2L students share their own he’d like to see in 2050 at FutureFest 2013 ideas at FutureFest 2013
Over 6,700 languages spoken today are expected to be lost in the next 30 years.
In the next 40 years we need to produce as much food as we did in the last 8000 years
Is learning to drive becoming a redundant skill? As driverless cars come in will driving instructors go out? The arrival of robots - we’ve seen them in Sci-Fi films for decades but they’re well and truly here! How will robots change your life? Why is the price of future foods so different? How can chocolate lovers keep it accessible?
Very few people succeed in business without a degree of confidence. Yet everyone, from young people in their first real jobs to seasoned leaders in the upper ranks of organisations, has moments — or days, weeks, or even years — when they are unsure of their ability to tackle challenges. None of us are immune to these bouts of insecurity, but we also don’t have to be held back by them!
Don’t just muddle through it As previously stated, Burning2Learn passionately believe that young people will be better equipped heading into the world of work if a stronger focus on personal development and building self-esteem is incorporated into their weekly learning. Tony Schwartz, the President and CEO of The Energy Project and Author of Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live stated that, “Insecurity plagues consciously or subconsciously every human being I’ve met.” As such, he suggests that overcoming self-doubt starts with honestly assessing our abilities (and our failings) and then learning to get the most out of (and correct) them. We believe that Schwartz’s views reinforce the need for anybody with a vested interest in the wellbeing of young people must play their part in helping them to weigh up their many and varied character strengths. Many young people muddle through school without concrete affirmation of how broadly they are skilled or the areas in which they need to improve on (besides talking less in class or understanding percentages better). Therefore, there is a huge part that we, as adults, role models and stakeholders can play in helping them to better identify their character strengths. For example; in the case of parents, enrolling children into extracurricular activities and other clubs are excellent ways to get the ball rolling in helping them to determine where their skills lie early on.
Practice really does make perfect Just like teachers up and down the country find themselves saying every day, practice really does make perfect. This view is reinforced by Schwartz, who says, “The best way to build confidence in a given area is to invest energy in it and work hard at it”. Many young people give up when they think they are not good at a particular task. A parent can play a catalysing role here by reinforcing their child’s motivation towards what they are working on and recognising and emphasising their progress along the way.
In addition, practice also tends to improve quality. Even people who are confident in their abilities can become more confident with better preparation. Schwartz argues that deliberate practice will almost always trump natural aptitude, so providing opportunities for young people who are unsure about their ability to do something where they can start trying out their skills in a safe setting is crucial. Community leaders can provide these opportunities to try something new through different groups and activities in the local area. Engaging in new environments encourages young people to push through their nerves and test out their skills, whilst building self-esteem, motivation and confidence along the way. Further still, when younger kids take part in these sorts of activities it helps to reduce how susceptible they are to taunts and Once they’ve figured out what they can and can’t negative social interactions later on, as they build a do to a healthy measure, the next step is all about strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness early practice and repetition. on.
Bridging the gaps
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None of us can know everything Confident people aren’t only willing to practice, they are also willing to acknowledge that they don’t — and can’t — know everything. “It’s better to know when you need help, than not. A certain degree of confidence — specifically, confidence in your ability to learn — is required to be willing to admit that you need guidance or support,” says Deborah H Gruenfeld, the Moghadam Family Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. It can be very difficult for a young person to ask for help, particularly when the schools environment starts to overwhelm them with peer pressure and social insecurities. In the case of teenagers, experiencing new emotions and feelings for the first time is tough and it can be very difficult trying to make sense of them on your own. They may find themselves shorter fused and lashing out more, or conversely they may go the other way and become more reserved and shy in class. It’s important for them to know why these changes are happening and that don’t have to deal with it alone. But one of the biggest things that young people struggle with is asking for help. Growing up is hard, and it effects us all in different ways. Some people need more support than others, so it’s key that young people don’t feel too shy about asking for it. “The White House Project finds, for example, that many women need to be told they should run for office before deciding to do so. Men do not show this pattern of needing others’ validation or encouragement,” says Gruenfeld. Consequently, parents, teachers and community leaders can reinforce the message that it is ok to ask for help and to need praise through positive reassurance.
Finding your purpose People often get too wrapped up in what others will think to focus on what they have to offer, but we mustn’t let modesty hold us back, says Katie Orenstein, founder and director of The OpEd Project. “When you realise your value to others, confidence is no longer about self-promotion,” she explains. “In fact, confidence is no longer the right word. It’s about purpose.” Instead of agonizing about what others might think of you or your work, concentrate on the unique perspective you bring. In order for young people to identify their purpose in education, they must first understand the relevance of what they are learning. We believe that the role of a teacher is to help their students to do so and to also reinforce why they are in school. This is critical for young people, because without developing a deep sense of purpose and context as to why they are sitting through chemistry class, it is extremely difficult to motivate the majority of students. Trying to justify how learning the way molecular bonds form will help them in real life is not an easy task, but teacher’s can help their students to feel reassured, self-confident and motivated in their work if they make them feel like they are learning it for a purpose (other than just to pass exams!)
Find your path
and see what you can do “Kids any age start to realise that it isn’t just about grades, it’s about you and your experiences too. Burning2learn is one of a kind and it inspires you to be confident in yourself.” - Alex Burnett, former Burning2Learn student
Ask for feedback and don’t be afraid to take risks Whilst young people shouldn’t completely rely on others’ opinions to boost their ego, validation can also be very effective in building confidence. Gruenfeld suggests asking someone who cares about your development as well as the quality of your performance to tell you what he/she thinks, being sure to pick people whose feedback will be entirely truthful. There is a huge responsibility here for parents and stakeholders when giving young people feedback. It’s not just about giving an honest balanced critique, it’s also about speaking to them at a time and place that suits them, as you don’t want what you are saying to fall on deaf ears! Positive encouragement from figures of authority or idols goes a long long way, this is certainly something that we have seen firsthand. When a business professional comes into school suited and booted, everybody wants to know who he/she is and why they are here. They are captivated - and it’s very effective to praise while you’ve got that engagement, and it will stay with them for a long time to come.
Out of the silos Encouraging young people to play to their strengths is a smart tactic, but not if it means they hesitate to take on new challenges. Many young people don’t know what they are capable of until they are truly tested, so as their biggest support network, we all have roles to play in giving them opportunities to take risks and push their boundaries. “Try things you don’t think you can do. Failure can be very useful for building confidence,” says Gruenfeld. This is of course often easier said than done, “It feels bad to not be good at something. There’s a leap of faith with getting better at anything,” says Schwartz. But it’s also important that young people don’t assume they should feel good all the time and that they realise that with every failure comes a learning experience that they can use to move on and grow from in the future. By providing opportunities for them to experiment with new initiatives or skills when the stakes are relatively low and then supporting them as they tackle those challenges, you are giving them a chance to grow. These are just a few examples of how any stakeholder in a child’s life can play a supportive role in their personal development. Burning2Learn hopes that this article will act as a timely reminder that the key to helping our young people become more successful lies in schools, parents, communities and organisations working in partnership, not in silos.
Students showcase their designs and talent at the Kent Fashion Show
Empowering young people
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Ones To Watch Best Behaviours
Education provider Best Behaviours helps to eliminate classroom behaviour problems with simple systems that directly address the concerns of OFSTED and increase teaching productivity. OFSTED recently reported that low-level classroom disruptions are a leading problem for the academic progress in primary schools. So Best Behaviour’s programme is extremely beneficial in a child’s learning as they lead to healthier learning environments, quickly and harmoniously stops classroom disruptions and reduces parental concerns. It’s well worth checking out their website and learning more about the fantastic work that they are doing: www.bestbehaviours.co.uk
FARE Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse is a grassroots charity operating from Easterhouse, Glasgow that was established in 1989 by local people in response to the lack of support and opportunities in the community, especially for families and young people. The charity aims to improve life in the community by offering activities to lift people’s inspirations, enhance their standard of living, and tackle territorialism and anti-social behaviour. Through clubs, sport and art activities, family support groups, holidays and adult mentors, FARE engages with children, young people and adults to make a difference in their community. The community has flourished as FARE has expanded its services, not just for the youth in the area, but the community as a whole. A cafe was set up in the building which quickly became a popular meeting place for many of the locals willing to get involved with FARE’s services. www.fare-scotland.org
Challenger Troop CIC Over the past eight years award winning youth organisation Challenger Troop CIC has run military inspired programmes in schools that encourage young people to become more self-reliant, respectful and resilient. Each programme lasts between 6-12 weeks during the school term and each team is made up of groups of young people from the same school. Challenger Troop CIC programmes utilise military ethos to improve young people’s life chances by addressing factors which are directly impacting on their educational attainment and future employability prospects including; addressing and correcting poor attitudes and negative learnt behaviours, building resilience and coping strategies to deal with negative pressures and influences, improving the quality of engagement in the classroom by raising confidence and self-esteem and developing citizenship (social conscience, social responsibility) and community engagement. Funding from the Department for Education has enabled Challenger Troop to work with a greater number of schools and young people across the South East and South London. www.challengertroop.org
The Children’s University The Children’s University gives 7-14 year olds the chance to try something they’ve never done before and raises aspirations through high quality learning. Through their Passport for Learning Scheme, the Children’s university offers children a huge range of engaging, entertaining and diverse learning experiences. The scheme encourages students to collect learning credits which can be attained through; extracurricular activities, visiting National Tourist destinations (Leeds Castle, Chatham Dockyard) and taking part in sessions lead by individual organisations (football coaches, drama schools, holiday provisions). The Children’s university give schools the tools to train and engage in the passport scheme with their students to keep up the momentum all year round from their very first stamp to their graduation. The Children’s University also engages with wider community and encouraging communities to take on more responsibility in educating young people. A lot of businesses getting involved as well and parents are also welcome to become ambassadors to plan activities. The whole scheme is about getting every child engaged and involved in their learning and you all are celebrated and rewarded for who you are. The Children’s University embodies an individualistic approach to teaching and learning that is open to suggestion; “We have something for everyone and we work with our partners to make things happen and share resources within the community,” Emma Jenkins.
At present, there are 119 Children’s Universities worldwide in Malaysia, China, Australia and the Netherlands, the Children’s University has 61 schools in Kent that are involved in the passport scheme and nearly 300 children that are home-schooled. “You’re doing a small thing to make things a little bit better for them.” www.childrensuniveristy.co.uk
Humanutopia Humanutopia create and run inspirational courses for young people and adults in school and their wider community. Their courses raise aspirations, motivate and unlock potential. “They came to our school and ran an equality day, it was brilliant, and they really made us all think. I was heading in the wrong direction and I got in with the wrong crowd. Humanuptopia showed me a new way of being, improved my confidence and got me on the right path,” student. Humanutopia directly addresses the achievement of pupils at the school, the quality of teaching at the school, the quality of leadership and management, the behaviour and safety of pupils, the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the extent to which the education provided meets the needs of the range of pupils. www.humanutopia.com
The United Estates of Wythenshawe As teenage gun crime continues to make headlines, a unique community-run project in the north of England is offering another way out for disaffected children. Greg Davis, Founder of the United Estates of Wythenshawe saw all that was good in his home town slowly ebbing away. The chapel in the middle of the Benchill Estate in Wythenshawe, which he had attended since he was a boy, had become the haunt of drug dealers and teenage street gangs. It was being vandalised, the bills weren’t being paid, and it faced closure. Greg had a vision of creating something else that would bring people together, focus on the community’s problems and tackle them head-on. So he signed the lease to the vandalised Methodist Chapel and set about converting the building into a large scale and totally unique community-led enterprise.
Today, the building is known as The United Estates of Wythenshawe, a vibrant community and small business centre serving 1,000 people, from mothers and toddlers to teenagers and pensioners. In addition to hosting a small weekly Methodist service, the chapel is home to a gym with 500 members, therapy rooms, a cinema and dance studio and twenty other small businesses all run by local people from the Wythenshawe estate. ‘We can reach the naughty kids that no one else can, but we don’t exclude nice kids And we also run a community shop that sells old catalogue stock, so you will even see old ladies that attend church in here,’ Davis says.
Target Your Potential Target Your Potential is a new company that can help businesses get the type of highly motivated, skilled and inspired young employees that they are looking for. Specialising in ‘work preparation’, TYP offers a range of services in three different areas; business, schools and colleges and young people who are in work.
people who can bring new skills and working with them.
Managing Director of TYP, Gillian Humble believes that the economy is in need of a ‘kick start’ and aims to encourage business leaders to recruit work ready young people in order to achieve this. Gill and her team ask the professions ‘why let the talent of tomorrow go to your competitor when you can employ them today?’ and work with them to recruit young
In September 2014, TYP teamed up with Burning2Learn to run a week long event gearing the Tunbridge Wells community up for employment opportunities in their area. You can find our more about this event by visiting:
Target Your potential also offers a variety of courses for young people to better equip them for the world of work through better preparation and stronger motivation.
OIECEC An international organisation of conscious entrepreneurial community schools which proposes a modern, inclusive, responsible and humanist educational path. The Conscious Entrepreneurial Community School, also known as ECEC, proposes a modern, inclusive, responsible and humanist educational path. It is a new school which operates in synergy with the community; allowing children and the adults to learn differently, more in depth and globally. It allows everyone to discover the best of themselves, to become aware of their self worth, their skills and to bring out their passions. It invites the community stakeholders – as much the immediate educational community as the surrounding and widened communities – to work together in order to meet the needs, in a holistic education perspective, to contribute to a new social, economic and environmentally friendly equilibrium.
The ECEC educates and trains learners in a perspective of conscious entrepreneurship according to two developmental aspects: personal development and social development. The culture of conscious entrepreneurship is an open door to harmonious human environments, a viable economy and the respect of its natural equilibrium, which regulate life. The conscious dimension defines entrepreneurship as being first and foremost an interaction method from oneself to another. It questions the impact of each person towards themselves, their community, society and the environment.
Kent 20/20 Business Show
During our time in Caux we connected with Phillip Koenig, a Swiss consultant who became an associate and friend of Burning2Learn. Phillip is now working with collaborative enterprise, Praneo who aim to promote a society beneficial for people, for profit and for planet. Philip believes that the 21st century needs both leaders and followers to have a different mindset.
A mind apart A mind apart is a Yorkshire based performing arts company that delivers educational services to young people. They specialize in working with young people not in education and with students that struggle with the every day school environment. A mind apart also delivers performing arts classes and children’s dance and drama classes. Through their programmes, they aim to enable opportunities for young people to learn new skills, meet new people and try new things in a non-judgmental environment that allows them to feel trusted and safe. “I think drama really releases your inner self and makes you feel nice inside.” Each programme is on an individualistic basis and incorporates performing arts techniques that very few theatre companies do. The projects always vary and there’s something different every day! www.a-mind-apart.org.uk
Students from Dartford Grammar School interview business professionals at the Kent 20/20 Business Show
â€œYou are never too young to lead. You are never too young to do whatever it is that you actually believe in. We keep saying that the future belongs to the young - well it only belongs to you if you take it... From what I have seen, you young people are going to change the world.â€? - Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of The United Nations speaking at the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy Conference, Caux Switzerland 2013.
Initiatives of Change UK Following the London Riots in August 2011 Burning2Learn was invited to attend the first official National After the Riots Forum at Greencoat Place, London Victoria. We were amongst other youth engagement project providers and community stakeholders from all over the country. Greencoat Place is home to Initiatives of Change (UK), a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own. IofC recognised the work that we had been doing with inner city youths and invited a group of our students to present at the forum. www.uk.iofc.org
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This photo was taken by a Burning2Learn young reporter who attended Initiative of Change’s ‘Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy Conference’ in 2012. The following year our team were invited back again to design and create the official conference report for TIGE 2013, Caux Switzerland.
Dean’s Desire to look at education around the world...
“Educating youngsters beyond the grade.”
He’s proved his ethos works in education for UK Students, and now B2L front-man Alan Dean is setting his sights further afield. Over the years, many familiar faces have backed Dean’s approach to learning, whether it’s been World Champion Sports Men or Royalty itself. Dean was given a Royal blessing for his efforts in changing the lives of young people by The Prince of Wales. HRH Prince Charles showed his support when Alan ran his popular ‘Two Can’ Challenge with a group of students in Swanley. “Two Can was a great experience for all of us, it changed the way I looked at myself and thought about my education. Alan was the first person to ever get me properly engaged in school, and I just hope that my daughter gets the same opportunities that I was given when she is at school.” - Former Student, John Law. This year, Alan met John’s daughter and worked with her through the summer holidays to improve her confidence in the classroom. She is making great progress and her parents say that she is a changed girl!
Connecting to Collaborate
GRENADA Consultant Vall Gordon is developing a new school in Grenada called the Phoenix School. Val believes that the B2L mantra mirrors the ethos of her new school and is interested in collaborating.
CANADA Integrating alternative curriculums developed in Canada to UK schools. Founder of the OIECEC platform that enables students and staff to become conscious entrepreneurs. USA
Connecting with Bill McKenna Ph.D to develop education materials designed to re-engage US students in their learning. Bill was impressed by B2L’s track record of case studies, as it parallels his theoretical studies.
B2L have connected with Dean of Business School Lausanne and Program Director of the DBA Diploma in Sustainable Business, Dr Katrin Muff. We are interested in her work concerning business students of the future. INDIA
Exploring project new based learning experiences in the classroom for school pupils in Delhi, India. Can the B2L approach be applied in India? How will students respond?
Swiss Strategist, Philip Koenig, connected B2L to the Brussels Business School and it’s associates to discuss and develop integration strategies for new holistic systems in business and education.
UK We recently connected with Founder of The Ecological Sequestration Trust, Professor Peter Head. Prof Head is working on ‘Moving from agreeing global frameworks and visionary goals to changing the way we live’, and was a key contributor to Global Goal No.11 ‘Sustainable cities and communities’.
Consultancy Organisation, Quora, are aiming to bring more of the next generation to their unique Smartworking Summits; to add another dimension of energy and to include more young people in the decision making.
Global community, Sustainable Brands, gathers innovators and leaders who are shaping the future of commerce world wide. Inspiring and engaging with today’s leading brands to encourage and enable short and long term sustainability.
Holistic Collaboratories “Some of us look down at what’s in front of us, some of us look up at what’s ahead of us. Both types of viewpoints will need to merge in order for today to realign with tomorrow.”
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A holistic platform to align society by leverage people change; leading to organisational change; leading to global transformation Burning2Learn has created 5 unique models to develop a fundamental network of holistic collaborators. The models will be delivered by Burning2Learn in partnership with the Acorn Hub Initiative. The network will be made up of key societal stakeholders and will actively interpret the contributing factors to long-term sustainability, happiness and prosperity in society. The ethos of each model is people-centred and will include a particular focus on coaching the next generation and advancing societal priorities to enabling their smooth transitions into employment on the whole.
Five Models: 1: GroupThink Forum for Business Innovation 2: On-Track to Employment Roadshow 3: Showcase Your Talent Programme 4: Think-Dif Educator Summit 5: Canvas Room Initiative
Burning2Learn is also supporting the United Nations Global Goals For Sustainable Development. We have been sharing stories of positive action and will continue to spread positive messages in 2016.
“A holistic platform that builds self-esteem, motivation and confidence in young people and helps bridge the gap between education and the world of work.” Our young people are in a state of flux; every day they stumble over chinks in society’s chain that is supposed to link education and employment together smoothly. The links are there but they are shrouded by the smog of our society’s apparent loss of direction. Furthermore the rate of NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) is seemingly ever rising as it has now hit 900,000 in the UK. Further still, they are not unmotivated; just as they are not lacking in talent, determination or promise; young people are, however, on pause. All over the UK our young people are waiting; high achievers are attaining excellent results and young entrepreneurs, apprentices and leaders are ready. They are equipped with ideas and
16-25 year olds together to share, create and transform their own ideas. The Acorn Hub is a launch pad that has been designed to develop employment opportunities for young people and to reboot communities by identifying and supporting startup businesses that address the intergenerational needs specific each community. As the rejuvenation process begins, those hidden links will become clearer as the hub firmly bridges the, suddenly not so scary, gap between education and the world of work.
We are looking to present groups of talented young people with a platform within their own community that empowers them to create something tangible, sustainable and profitable. Each hub building will be seeded at the heart of the young people’s own suggestions, they have the right mind sets and the communities and will give them only one imperative: passion is there to execute their ambitions with each business born from the hub must directly confidence and drive. The only thing that young provide a product or service that supports a need people do lack is a stable base to start turning their illustrated by the community, for the community. conversations into actions - and that’s what we are proposing. Young people are our planet’s greatest From inception to delivery, the hub is connected with resource and they are needed - now - while the the community and it is our objective to create an confidence, passion and imagination is fresh and effective, efficient framework that can be introduced into communities of ranging needs. Young people are untampered with. the key to the hub’s success. They are stirring from We are looking to create a hub framework that will their hesitance and are ready to turn their ideas into be introduced into communities across the UK. Each the regenerated reality that is needed. hub will act as that base for young people by bringing
“If you could make decisions from a more honest and authentic place, you would make better decisions.” - Frank Buchman, Founder of Initiatives of Change
For more information please visit our website: www.theacornhub.com or follow us on Twitter for more updates at: www.twitter.com/ theacornhub
Target Your Potential and Burning2Learn bring route to employment event ‘Make it Happen’ to Tunbridge Wells.
Empowering young people through a platform which builds self-esteem, motivation and confidence.
Having worked in education for some 20 plus years, Burning2Learn MD, Alan Dean, has pulled together a creative team to develop The Acorn Hub. The hub embodies the human centric ethos of B2L and has been created by B2L stars of the past and other professional associates.
A holistic platform that empowers young people and connects communities. Working with people in communities on every level to reboot the local economy and kick-start new initiatives designed by the community for the community. www.twitter.com/theacornhub www.theacornhub.com
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Burning2Learn celebrates ten years on from when we first started out and through this magazine we’ll be taking a look back over some of our...
Published on Dec 22, 2015
Burning2Learn celebrates ten years on from when we first started out and through this magazine we’ll be taking a look back over some of our...