If you were to pause and think of the imagery conjured up by the word ‘Oxbridge’, it is certainly not that of an ethnically diverse, multicultural student community living in complete harmony.
In fact, the ideas associated with the UK’s top two universities stand in stark contrast to this. We think of the Bullingdon Club; rich, white post-Etonians and foreign secretaries in waiting, traversing the dreaming spires and hallowed halls.
Unfortunately, this ...
Higher education has become a hot topic.
Recently, we’ve witnessed politicians, students and educational leaders alike engage in spirited debate over the value of universities.
However, it’s extremely hard to argue with the data. Statistical analysis has shown that graduates are employed at a greater rate, and earn roughly £10,000 more annually than the average non-graduate.
A good University education often acts as the vehicle to better opportunity, and as a result there ...
UVAC was established 20 years ago by the HE sector to champion higher-level vocational learning.
Today we have 93 HEI members that support our agenda.
T levels are new and design specifications haven’t been fully determined (but are being piloted and primed for first delivery in 2020/21) so if HEIs don’t have a full understanding of T levels it would be understandable.
What, however, is concerning is that HE awareness is negligible. For policy ...
The Privately Educated Retain their Grip on the Top Jobs as ‘Old Etonian’ Boris Johnson prepares to be PM.
AS Britain prepares for the selection of the Old Etonian Boris Johnson as Prime Minister policy wonks from both sides of the political spectrum have re-focused their attention on the role of fee-paying schools in the educational system.
For Francis Green and David Kynaston in their book, “Engines of Privilege” 2018 the nation’s ...
Careers provision in England has improved over the last two years, according to a major survey of schools released last week.
That research "Careers Leaders in Secondary Schools" carried out by The Careers & Enterprise Company in partnership with The Gatsby Foundation, finds that:
94% of Careers Leaders believe that the Gatsby Benchmark have helped to improve careers guidance
88% say their role is having a positive impact on young peoples’ outcomes
81% feel ...
Arts for the economy's sake
I spend a lot of time promoting STEM subjects, especially when it comes to encouraging girls and women to study them.
With that in mind, it might seem a bit contrary for me to be making the case for the Arts, but the economy really does need a significant portion of both.
First there’s the direct benefit; a study for Arts Council England released in April put the ...
Hot on the heels of Augar, Ofsted’s updated common inspection framework (CIF) and the long awaited 2019/20 Apprenticeship funding rules the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships (APPG) 2018/19 has published its latest review and recommendations (as have the AELP) and the ESFA has updated its Apprenticeship Service ‘roadmap’
So no-one should be short of summer reading material.
But how well do these documents align?
Are there any areas of consensus on Apprenticeship policy emerging ...
Focussing on lifelong learning will be crucial to reduce the divide between the country and make a success of life after #Brexit
Whether it will be Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, the next Prime Minister will have a burning issue to grapple with.
No, I am not talking about Brexit, rather our skills and education system.
At such a critical point in time, with the world of work rapidly changing and the chances ...
Nesta is launching an ‘EdTech Innovation Testbed’, in partnership with the Department for Education, to help colleges and schools to try out technology products and support EdTech tools to generate more robust evidence in real settings.
Trying out new technology in colleges and schools is hard. Of course, there are many hundreds of logistical and resourcing constraints.
But there is often a deeper uncertainty in the minds of education leaders: Will this actually ...
The nature of work and the type of jobs in the economy have been changing for the last 40 years. And this rate of change is set to increase.
The intense pressure created by rapid and unprecedented technology advances are resulting in significant changes in the skills needed to drive a successful and sociality inclusive economy.
One of the other big challenges facing the UK future prosperity is the apparent inability to ...
Prior to the announcement of the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Anne Milton resigned as Skills and Apprenticeship Minister. Anne Milton has held the post since June 2017 and explained in a Tweet earlier today.