Young people actively discouraged from choosing apprenticeships

Young people actively discouraged from choosing apprenticeships

12 February 2014 – 5:28 pm

On the same day as Suffolk County Council announces £1.5m of spending on a series of targeted efforts to promote the importance of apprenticeships...

The cost of Higher Education: is up the only way?

The cost of Higher Education: is up the only way?

13 January 2014 – 1:27 pm

Many argue that higher education finance is unsustainable. After an initial boost from higher fees, real university incomes are falling, capital has been cut,...

Send out the child-catchers

Send out the child-catchers

21 December 2013 – 1:03 am

Two messages popped up in my inbox just now. Nothing unusual about that but their juxtaposition seemed significant. The first alerted me to a story...

Maths and English sentences increased

Maths and English sentences increased

3 September 2013 – 3:16 pm

There is widespread agreement that Maths and English GCSEs are vital qualifications in that they are the two essentials that employers most often ask...

  • Send out the child-catchers

    21 December 2013 – 1:03 am

    Send out the child-catchers Two messages popped up in my inbox just now. Nothing unusual about that but their juxtaposition...

  • Maths and English sentences increased

    3 September 2013 – 3:16 pm

    Maths and English sentences increased There is widespread agreement that Maths and English GCSEs are vital qualifications in that they are...

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Young people actively discouraged from choosing apprenticeships

Young people actively discouraged from choosing apprenticeships

On the same day as Suffolk County Council announces £1.5m of spending on a series of targeted efforts to promote the importance of apprenticeships and drive greater take up by businesses and young people, we hear, again, that young people are being diverted away from …

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The cost of Higher Education: is up the only way?

The cost of Higher Education: is up the only way?

Many argue that higher education finance is unsustainable. After an initial boost from higher fees, real university incomes are falling, capital has been cut, and research funding is shrinking.
Budget constraints are affecting every aspect of public services and yet the obsessive pursuit of academic achievement …

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Send out the child-catchers

Send out the child-catchers

Two messages popped up in my inbox just now. Nothing unusual about that but their juxtaposition seemed significant.
The first alerted me to a story in the East Anglian Daily Times headed “Over 200 parents prosecuted last year for failing to get children to school”. This …

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Maths and English sentences increased

Maths and English sentences increased

There is widespread agreement that Maths and English GCSEs are vital qualifications in that they are the two essentials that employers most often ask for.
Education Secretary Michael Gove obviously agrees too. In fact, he agrees so strongly that from next week, ALL 16 year olds …

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The Pressure Pyramid

The Pressure Pyramid

The students at a perfectly normal, local, secondary school have recently set up a project, “Who Asks Us? to help understand the pressure and consequential stress that teenagers face under the school system.
Last night they presented the results of five month research in the form …

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Young Apprenticeship programme closes

Young Apprenticeship programme closes

DfE have decided to close the Young Apprenticeship (YA) programme to new starts.  No great surprise there then but such a shame.
When I did the field review of YA programmes for People 1st a couple of years ago – OK, it was more than that …

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Competent vs. qualified

Competent vs. qualified

It is said that “things are the way they are because they got that way”. So please, step back with me, into the mists of time …. time … time …
Once upon a time, not so many years ago … the UK was swamped by …

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Taste and fear of structured learning

Taste and fear of structured learning

Most of my learning over the past quite a few years has been through on-line interaction with fellow travellers on this road through life, well, that or frantically scanning “help” files to find the magic bullet that will solve my problem.
I guess the big difference …

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A hammer for an uncertain world

A hammer for an uncertain world

I’m just starting on a consultancy contract to completely update the national occupational standards for the UK travel and tourism industries. Those standards will become the new basis for the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in the industry so it is important to get them right …

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The froth on the burger

The froth on the burger

There has been much UK press excitement this week about McDonald’s (yes, that McDonald’s) being approved as an “awarding body” so that they can offer, assess and moderate their own in-house management and supervisory qualifications.
The extent of coverage came as something of a surprise. No …

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