Articles from Alice Barnard

#FutureofEducation - Our century-old, rote-learning, exam factory approach to education is no longer not fit for purpose

Not run of the industrial mill Superficially there is an element of incongruity that many of the buildings which symbolise Britain’s industrial age have assumed a different monumentality as the homes of art in latter years.

In defence of the BTEC

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the Edge Foundation was writing about ‘the rise of the BTEC’ and how this qualification was gaining currency amongst universities on a par with A-levels.

Apprentices #BlazeATrail, but the government scheme is off track

There is definitely an air of pyromania in the National Apprenticeship Service’s latest campaigns to promote apprenticeships.

Santa's workshop hit by the skills shortage

With the festive season in mind, I recently read that for each of the world’s two billion children to receive one toy at Christmas, Santa’s elves would need to produce four toys per hour, 16 hours a day, 364 days a year and it would require a work force of around 85,851.

Educators need to be 'more pirate'

Henri Matisse said, ‘Creativity takes courage.’ As teachers are increasingly burdened with the demands of the EBacc, Progress 8 and a whole host of measures to record, resisting the pressure to ‘teach to the test’ and employ creative pedagogies, probably does take some courage.