Articles from Alice Barnard

Why now’s the best time to rethink our education system

Exam results day. This annual event is stressful enough at the best of times. Imagine then, how much more stressful it is when a global pandemic has prevented you from taking exams in the first place, and your fate is decided not by your proven track record or your teacher’s assessment but by a computer.

Facing up to skills shortages in the digital age

Before we had even heard the dreaded words ‘COVID-19’, the world and the labour market were already changing fast.

Education and skills policy is still stuck in the 1980s

The 1980s are back; shoulder pads, headbands, ruffle-neck blouses. It’s a well-rehearsed aphorism that fashions repeatedly ‘come round again’, and so if often feels with education policy.

#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.

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