• Technical Education Reform

    In late 2015 David Sainsbury was asked by government to chair a panel of experts that would provide clear recommendations for measures that would not only improve, but transform, technical education in England. The panel’s report was published alongside the government’s Post-16 Skills Plan in July 2016.

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  • Good Career Guidance

    Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them. In 2013 we commissioned Sir John Holman to research what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

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  • STEM Skills in the Workforce

    Technicians are the linchpins of the UK economy. They are skilled people who use their science, engineering or technology knowledge to identify and solve practical problems. They are the electricians and plumbers that we all rely on, but they are also crucial to the success of many of our country’s future-growth areas, including the aerospace, chemical, digital, engineering and manufacturing industries.

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  • Science and maths in schools

    Once in secondary education, exposure to effective science and maths teaching delivered by teachers that are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject can be transformative. That is why we care about the supply and training of specialist teachers in these subjects.

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Maths in technical education – an international view

21 July 2017 Hannah Stanwix

Research, commissioned by Gatsby to inform the Smith Review of post-16 mathematics, explores the mathematics in technical education systems internationally.

The research, carried out by Jeremy Hodgen, Geoff Wake and Diane Dalby at the University of Nottingham, focusses on six countries: four European countries known to have strong vocational educational systems and well-documented STEM apprenticeship pathways (Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland), and two Pacific Rim countries which are known to produce a strong cadre of STEM technicians (Sin

New technical education reform timetable announced

20 July 2017 Hannah Stanwix

The pushback of the introduction of the first T-levels - the new qualifications that will sit within one of the 15 technical education routes set out in the Sainsbury Review - to September 2020 was today announced by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Rt Hon Anne Milton, in a letter to the further education (FE) sector.

Originally proposed for September 2019, the introduction of the first of the new technical education routes will now commence in September 2020, with all 15 routes and the associated T-levels still planned to be available by the original deadline of September 2022. This means that there is additional time to design the new T-level qualifications and ensure that the FE sector has the right faciliti

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