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News story: New Regional Schools Commissioner appointed for the West Midlands

first_imgInterim National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington said: I’m very excited about the opportunities and potential of this new role as Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands. I have been a headteacher and system leader in this region since 1994 and I am really looking forward to working with my RSC team and school leaders to ensure that every child goes to a great school. That was my aim as a teacher, a headteacher, Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, and now soon to be RSC. I will miss my inspirational colleagues from Manor Primary and the Teaching Schools Council from whom I have learnt so much and I wish them all the very best as they continue to raise the bar for our children and young people. Regional Schools Commissioners’ responsibilities include: I am really pleased to confirm that Andrew is joining my team as the new Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands. Andrew was selected from a field of strong applicants and will bring a wealth of experience to the role, having spent his career working hard to improve the life chances of young people in schools across the region – he is a very capable replacement for Christine Quinn and I’m looking forward to working with him. taking decisions on the creation of new academies; monitoring their performance and improving underperforming academies; ensuring there is a strong supply of excellent sponsors to work with underperforming schools in the region; and encouraging and supporting high-quality applications for new free schools. Andrew Warren, Chair of the Teaching Schools Council and Executive Director of Manor Teaching School in Wolverhampton, has been named as the new Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the West Midlands.He will be responsible for overseeing academies in the region – using his local expertise to monitor their performance to ensure children receive the best possible education. He is taking over from Christine Quinn who will retire at the end of the year.Andrew Warren will start in early 2019, working with interim National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington to help raise standards in the growing number of academies in the West Midlands.Andrew Warren said: The West Midlands commissioner oversees over 1,000 academies and free schools across the region.Andrew Warren will be advised by a board of headteachers of outstanding-rated academies or experienced educational leaders. The board challenges and supports the work of the commissioner, bringing additional educational insight and local intelligence to decision-making.last_img read more

Trail Mix – June 2015

first_img 5:12 3:22 2:36 Black Motel Chubby Knuckle Choir Please Baby Please The Revelers The Light Uncle Lucius Parade Nyx 3:55 2:54 I’ve Got To Leave You Now Darrell Scott Mind the Gap Instant Empire Black Rat Woody Pines Gates of Dawn Heartless Bastards Oh Darlin’ Kaia Kater 4:21 Violin Amos Lee Never Heard The Storm Jesse Terry 3:21 Danger The Railsplitters 3:53 4:20 Fair Share Blues The Honey Dewdrops 3:28 Baby Please Don’t Go Grant Dermody Little Bitty Dreams Will Hoge Audio PlayerWoody PinesBlack RatUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:01 2:57 4:30 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Will Hoge makes his Trail Mix debut with yet another tune determined to make you cry.Not too many musicians make me cry on a regular basis, but Will Hoge sure does.A couple years ago, a good friend of mine shared with me this video of Will singing “Trying To Be A Man.” Being a father of three, this tune crawled inside me and turned my innards upside down. With no shame, I share that was a puddled mess by the end, and even now the sheer emotion of the tune brings a gasp or two each time I listen.Will Hoge makes his first appearance on Trail Mix this month with “Little Bitty Dreams,” yet another yank-at-your-heart-strings ditty about balancing big time love with big time aspirations.This month’s mix is just rich with amazing tunes. Amos Lee makes his Trail Mix debut with a song recorded at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony, as do mother and son duo Madisen Ward & Mama Bear. Darrell Scott releases a record of tunes written by a good friend (and songwriting buddy) who died way too young after fighting pancreatic cancer. Chris Robinson, one of my favorite front men ever, arrives with a brand new track with his band, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The Revelers – one of the best Cajun bands out there – is featured, as are Woody Pines, Tellico, and The Honey Dewdrops, three bands with Asheville roots. The mix gets gritty with Heartless Bastards, grassy with The Railsplitters, jazzy with the Charlie Hunter Trio, and funky with Turkuaz.Where else can you find this kind of music for free?Be sure to check out brand new tracks from Annabelle’s Curse, Sour Bridges, Instant Empire, Rhett Miller, Jamie Lin Wilson of The Trishas, Nyx, Grant Demody, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Barna Howard, Round Eye, The Budrows, Jami Lynn, Jesse Terry, Kaia Kater, Reina Del Cid, and Earnest Lovers.Be sure to pay attention to the Trail Mix blog this month. Chats with Darrell Scott, Jerry Lawson, Woody Pines, and Uncle Lucius are on tap. Also, if you are on Twitter, make sure to follow Trail Mix @BRO_trailmix. And, as always, get out and buy some of the great music these artists are sharing with you for free. Thank them for supporting Trail Mix by throwing some money your way. These great independent artists surely appreciate it. Indiana Rose Barna Howard 3:01 5:28 4:32 Sweet Annie Reina Del Cid 4:38 3:52 2:36 Tiptoe Through The Crypto Turkuaz 4:21 No Bad Whiskey The Budrows 3:36 Wine Jerry Lawson 2:37 Fine Life Sour Bridges 4:30 Just Some Things (Featuring Wade Bowen) Jamie Lin Wilson 4:48 Can’t Go Home Again Tellico 5:13 5:21 3:03 Still Missing You Earnest Lovers 3:25 5:18 Silent Movies Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear City Livin’ Round Eye 5:00 Lovedrunk Desperadoes Annabelle’s Curse Most In The Summertime Rhett Miller 3:44 Shore Power Chris Robinson Brotherhood Coyote, Why Ya Been Lookin’ so Thin? Jami Lynn Embed These People? Charlie Hunter Trio (Featuring Bobby Previte & Curtis Fowlkes) 3:38last_img read more

Bowl Mania

first_imgWith the 40+ college football bowls we had this year, preliminary numbers indicate that fewer people watched most of the bowls this year than they have in the past.  With so many bowls, most of the scores were very lopsided.  Even the bowl games on New Years Eve and New Years Day were lopsided.  These were supposed to be the major match ups.When you put teams with losing records (or barely above 500 records) in a bowl, it is hard to anticipate good match ups.  I don’t advocate going back to just 5 major bowls, but how about cutting this year’s number in half?  Maybe then people would start watching them again and colleges would actually make a profit by getting into a bowl game.  As it is now, only television is assured of making money.You can bet that the powers to be will not do this.  Every college president wants to brag to his friends that his school was in a bowl game.  Every coach who goes out to recruit wants to say “we were in a bowl”.  Next year we will probably see more bowl games, more blow outs, and poor TV ratings.last_img read more