Articles from Stephen Lambert

A RADICAL HOUSING PROGRAMME NEEDED TO ALLEVIATE HOMELESSNESS AND BOOST PARTICIPATION IN FURTHER EDUCATION

HAVING a home is a basic human need. It should also be a human right. For those without a home life is barely tolerable. For a rich society like ours the problem of homelessness is an indictment of its ability to meet one of its citizens’ key welfare needs.

THE GOVERNMENT'S 'KICKSTART' SCHEME RESEMBLES ONE PREVIOUS JOB CREATION PROJECT - THE YOUTH TRAINING SCHEME

JUST THE JOB YOUTH unemployment has been a big social problem in the UK for 40 years. Whilst it's lower than after the financial crash of 2008, the number of young people out of work remains higher than comparable economies. 

COULD A GENERATION OF TEACHERS BE LOCKED OUT OF THE PROPERTY MARKET FOR EVER?

In 1914 90 per cent of British householders rented their homes from private landlords. Today two-thirds own them. Home ownership grew from the 1930s and expanded rapidly after the war. In 1951, 3 out ten people were home-owners. By 2000 this had risen to 7 out of 10. Today it has slumped to under 65% with thousands of teachers unable to get a foothold on the property ladder. How and why?

Ageing Population: Do employers and the FE sector do enough to give older workers a chance?

ALTHOUGH UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen again across the country with more people in full-time and part-time paid work, one group that has been ignored is the over-50s – a growing demographic in Britain.

NEWCASTLE CITY STUDENTS SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS

THIS summer once again saw a rise in the number of Newcastle students achieving respectable AS/A-level results, BTEC First and national awards and GCSE results. Given the many months lost in face-to-face learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic city students should be proud of their achievements.

Who Runs Our Colleges In The North East And What Can Be Done About It?

AMONGST several commentators there remains a debate as to where real power lies with unelected public services across the North East of England – known as the quango-state.

NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO UNDERMINE THE GOVERNMENT’S PREVENT STRATEGY

THE FAR RIGHT POSES A BIG EXTREMIST THREAT TO THE NORTH OF ENGLAND PREVENT, part of the Government’s revised annual £40m counter terrorism strategy, seeks to challenge the impact of extremism and radicalisation by ‘’encouraging debate’ in local communities, schools, colleges and universities.

Grammar schools in England: A new analysis of social segregation and academic outcomes

Durham University recently (27 Mar) published research on grammar schools and on the attainment of pupils at selective schools comparative to non-selective schools. Amongst its key points, the report "Grammar schools in England: a new analysis of social segregation and academic outcomes", claims that social mobility is hampered by grammar schools. 

UTCs GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILLS TO DO THE JOB: OVERCOMING THE ACADEMIC-VOCATIONAL DIVIDE

“If we are to overcome the divisions in society, all need to feel valued. We should stop talking about social mobility as a way of 'rescuing' people from working-class backgrounds and place more emphasis on valuing the full range of worthwhile occupations.” - Barnaby Lenon ‘Other People’s Children’ (2018.)

WHAT NOW FOR PREVENT? ANTI-RADICALISATION STRATEGY MUST BE REFORMED NOT SCRAPPED

PREVENT, part of the Government’s annual £40m counter terrorism strategy, seeks to challenge the impact of extremism and radicalisation by “encouraging debate’ in local communities, schools, colleges and universities. In June 2018 central government revised its national counter- terrorism strategy commonly knowns as CONTEST.

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