Month: November 2013

A future with more freedom than people would wish for?

Ian Nash and Colin Forrest survey the real issues behind the speeches and breakout sessions at the 2013 AoC annual conference in Birmingham Leaders gathering at the Association of Colleges Annual Conference in Birmingham were more stoical than they have

Posted in Association of Colleges

Getting ready for next week’s PISA report

By Mike Cooper [Link to StatsLife piece by David Speigelhalter added on 2/12/2013] The new PISA report (analysis and tables) on comparative international educational attainment is due out next week. Here are interesting links to two contrasting pieces of general

Posted in OECD

Smoke, mirrors and Apprenticeship policy

Mick Fletcher and Seb Schmoller explore the mysteries of government policy on apprenticeships  Some aspects of government policy on apprenticeships are baffling. The confusion may however be explained by two big problems that confront politicians dealing with education and training.

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Self-improvement in an age of reduced resources

Andrew Morris, member of the Learning and Skills Research Network and the Policy Consortium, discusses the implications of self-improvement, not improvement, for new FE body the Education and Training Framework. Leaders of colleges judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors say it

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