Articles from The National Extension College (NEC)

Publish the exam results of A level and GCSE candidates studying independently, says national not-for-profit distance learning college

Now this year’s A level and GCSE results have been published and the detailed analysis of grade trends is well underway, education charity the National Extension College (NEC) is calling on all the exam boards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to publish the exam results of candidates studying independently alongside the results of young people at school or college.

What can we learn from Finland?

A Finnish Education  No inspections, no tests, no uniforms and no fees. A valued teaching profession, shorter school days and starting school at seven. Do all these elements add-up to a world-leading education system? In Finland, it appears they do.

The scandal of off-rolling students

The National Extension College, through online distance learning and educational charity, has supported and continues to support a diverse range of students. Although the majority remains adults who wish to return to education, in recent years we have also seen a steady rise in home educating families using our service. Still, within this group too, their backgrounds and reasons for using NEC vary. It may be they enrol with us in order to guarantee an exam place for their child. Some may take all their GCSEs and A levels with us, while others only take one or two subjects.

Adult Education Budget (AEB) devolution from ESFA to 7 mayoral combined authorities

A parliamentary debate on the subject of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) devolution, which is planned for launch later this year, is happening later today in the House of Commons.

See things from a new perspective and learn your way to better wellbeing #StartSomethingNew

Learning new things has a multitude of benefits. There are the benefits you can see, like helping you to get in to university or to get a new job, and the benefits you can’t see.

Government proposals to bar students achieving less than 3 Ds at A level from receiving student loan

With all that has been going on lately in Westminster, you would be forgiven if this story had passed you by. However due to the enormity of its potential impact - particularly in the current climate of Brexit uncertainty - NEC did not want it to go by without comment.

Lord John Bird presents National Extension College bursaries to Big Issue vendors past and present

Big Issue vendor, Mark Siequien and ex Big Issue vendor, Harry Bowyer, have been presented with education bursaries by Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue and Ros Morpeth, Chief Executive of the National Extension College (NEC) in Trinity Square, Cambridge, to mark a unique partnership between the two organisations.

Second chance learning to address skills shortages and nursing and teaching recruitment

The government’s industrial strategy green paper, published in January this year, acknowledges the UK’s significant adult basic skills problem, and the challenge for lifelong learning in responding to the accelerating pace of technological change by enabling people to acquire new skills throughout their working lives.

OPEN UNIVERSITY RENEWS MOU WITH NATIONAL EXTENSION COLLEGE

The Open University (OU) and the National Extension College (NEC) have agreed a memorandum of understanding to campaign jointly to reverse the fall in the number of adults entering higher education.

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