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Shakira Martin, Gordon Marsden and Christina Hughes join Villiers Park

@VilliersPark Educational Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of three high-profile new trustees. Former National Union of Students president Shakira Martin, former shadow education minister Gordon Marsden and senior HE leader Professor Christina Hughes join the board of trustees this month.

One-off tutoring programmes available to all will do nothing to close gaps between the least and most disadvantaged

The government’s pandemic “catch up” programme is a kick in the teeth for school and college students across the country given the scale of the enormous challenges they face navigating learning in a post-pandemic world.

The Augar Review: What’s missing and why?

Over the last three years, there have been enough pivots, swivels and pirouettes in ministers’ attitudes to the #Augar review to fill a series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Villiers Park launches FE research community of practice

A national community of practice has been launched to showcase and share practitioner-led research in the FE sector (@VilliersPark) The project has been developed by Villiers Park Educational Trust, a national social mobility charity which works with college and school students aged 14-19 from disadvantaged backgrounds. The aim of the initiative is to raise the profile of FE research, build new connections between practitioner-researchers and promote the sharing of effective practice across the sector.

Marcus Rashford’s food poverty campaign must inspire us to tackle education inequality

Why #EndChildFoodPoverty should be a wake up call for everyone in education  It’s both inspiring and profoundly depressing that a 22-year-old footballer has done more to raise public awareness of poverty than a generation of politicians has managed in living memory.

Disadvantaged students have the most to lose from school and college closures

During the first lockdown, the attainment gap between young people from less advantaged backgrounds and their peers widened; preventing this from happening further during the current lockdown by ensuring that high-quality online learning is available to all must be a national priority.

The GCSE and A-levels fiasco exposes inequalities in our education system

After a turbulent fortnight of unprecedented examination awards, GCSE results day went relatively smoothly. But make no mistake: the whole process has been shambolic, and has exposed major challenges and unanswered questions which need to be urgently addressed.

The A-level fiasco is an assault on social mobility. Here’s how to fix it

“Is this the biggest education f***-up ever?” asked TES editor Ann Mroz, after watching a barrage of heartbreak, fury and frustration erupt on social media in the wake of this year’s A-level results. “Can anyone think of anything worse?” I’ve tried, and I can’t.

Building a diverse workforce for Cambridge: Networking event launches

The role of employers and education in addressing the inequalities and deep social divides within Cambridge is the subject of a networking event taking place later this month.

Young people must be given the opportunity to find roles that offer more than a paycheque

#Kickstart has the potential to put young people on a career path that fulfils their purpose, and revives the UK economy  The impact of the pandemic has not been felt equally across the UK. Some of those most affected have been young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who we know have been significantly put back in terms of educational outcomes, and are now at greatest risk of unemployment.

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