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Top academicians’ report on educational research: will teachers feel the benefit? The Policy Consortium’s Andrew Morris considers a report on the educational research system from the Royal Society and British Academy published last October, highlighting those aspects of greatest relevance …

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The Policy Consortium’s Andrew Morris, a former physics teacher, and currently President of the Education Section of the British Science Association, responds to recent media coverage of gender and physics by exploring the shortcomings of physics education more broadly. Women …

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Policy Consortium member Colin Forrest presented a paper at the July 2018 Windsor conference of BELMAS (British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society). Entitled: The evolution of the Learning and Skills Research Network it explored LSRN’s 20 years of fostering …

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The FE & Skills System: a study by the Policy Consortium In 2017, The Policy Consortium set out to study one fundamental question: Are the Further Education and Skills policy makers and stakeholders creating the conditions for success or failure? …

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In a recent piece for FE News, the Policy Consortium’s Nick Warren draws on his experience, in numerous colleges, of the amazing stories told by the amazing people who staff them. “Powerful stories can have a big impact on prospective …

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Andrew Morris, a member of the Policy Consortium and co-organiser of the Learning & Skills Research Network, celebrates the 20th anniversary of LSRN. He reports on plans for an overarching structure to link together the various networks involved with research …

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The Policy Consortium’s Mick Fletcher puzzles over an odd feature of T-Levels: it seems that some of Sainsbury’s technical  routes are more equal than others.  There are many mysteries about the governments approach to developing ‘T’ levels, the most fundamental …

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The Policy Consortium’s Mick Fletcher casts his eye over the current Government’s skills policy. The core problem with government skills policy is that it is ultimately founded on a deceit.  The claim is that employers are in the driving seat.  …

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Policy Consortium member Mick Fletcher discusses some of the risks of creating a ‘pseudo-market’ in FE. This article first appeared as a blog on the NCFE website.  Two big stories have surfaced in the FE press in recent weeks. One …

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14 June 2017 Tony Davis, member of the Policy Consortium asks: should the Department for Education be set free from government control?   Depending on where you draw your line in history, you could argue that we’ve been providing formal …

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