In April the hospitality industry gathered for the Edge Hotel School preview event, the first hotel school of its kind in the UK where students will be “learning by doing” as they study for fast track Foundation and BA (Hons.) degrees in Hotel Management and Culinary Management. Progress on the building and restoration of Wivenhoe House, due to be completed in July 2012, was unveiled in front of the cream of the hospitality industry at The Ritz, London.
On 16th November, the first-ever Edge Research Conference took place at the NEC in Birmingham, alongside the Skills Show, the UK's biggest skills and careers event. The conference was a great success, showcasing research into many aspects of technical, practical and vocational education in Britain and around the world. The keynote speech was made by American expert, Professor Nancy Hoffman, based on her book “Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World’s Leading Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life”. Seminars were also presented by a range of organisations including AQA, the Education and Employers Taskforce and the University of Warwick.
With only a month to go until GCSE and A Level results hit the headlines once more, there has been much debate surrounding the topic of academic qualifications and their value. Michael Gove has announced his plans to introduce tougher exams for 16 year olds, and the possibility of more “straightforward” exams for less academic pupils, causing great discussion over whether this is the way forward for the country’s education system or not.
Edge continues to support the Studio Schools Trust as the first Studio Schools open their doors to pupils. A joint venture between Edge and the Young Foundation, the Trust aims to drive forward innovation in the education system. Studio Schools are a new concept designed for 14-19 year olds of all abilities, with a focus on personalisation, practical hands-on learning and real work.