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Why Collaboration Needs To Start In School


Collaboration plays a major role in the modern workplace. From SMEs to giant corporations, businesses of all sizes make bigger things happen with a collaborative workforce. So it’s no surprise it ranks high on the list of skills employers desire most.

Which means collaboration must start in the classroom. Kids have to leave school ready to enter the working world – with the skills needed to land a job. With teamwork, feedback and hitting group targets all vital parts of the collaborative skill set.

It needs a drastic change of our approach to education in the UK. But a necessary change if we expect to produce graduates who can make it in modern business. We’re already behind the leading nations in education. And we’re in serious danger of producing a generation of unemployable, under-qualified youngsters.

Early start

We’ve covered the benefits of collaboration before – and there are plenty. But that doesn’t help explain why kids need to start in school. The trouble is that many of the group skills needed to collaborate effectively are quite unnatural.

It’s hard to take criticism. Difficult to accept your way isn’t the best. And nobody likes taking the blame for someone else’s mistake. But these are all vital habits of the collaborative workforce. So it’s important pupils develop these skills as early as possible.

Teach a pupil how to accept criticism and he will thrive off doing things better next time around. Teach her how to offer criticism and she can help those around her improve. Train a group of kids the art of critique and they’ll bounce ideas until they find the best solution between them.

There are no individuals in collaboration. You set your goals as a group, succeed and fail together, share the glory and shame alike. All that matters is the end result. And developing that group mentality needs to start at a young age.

Interactive technology

Collaboration is synonymous with technology. A wide range of collaborative tools help teams get more done, faster. Devices like tablets and SMART Boards are finding a bigger place in schools – making lessons more engaging. But interactive tech also leads the way in collaborative tools. Group work on multi-touch SMART Boards allows more pupils to contribute at the same time. While collaborative software shows the flexibility of interactive technology.

Pupils aren’t limited to teaming up with classmates. With cloud-hosted software, students can join or create collaborative groups with other pupils, classes or teachers around the world. And there are no rules to say collaboration takes place during school hours only. A Wi-Fi connection is all it takes for teams to tackle homework or extra-curricular tasks when they need to, where they need to.

This kind of flexibility is key to collaboration in the professional workplace. Just as remote working has freed businesses of rigid office hours and fixed locations, pupils can learn to get creative with time and place. By developing these skills early on, collaboration will be second nature by graduation – leaving graduates more employable and qualified to drive UK business forward.

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