• 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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  • 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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  • 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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Education Latest

Technical education reform progresses

27 May 2018 Michelle Rea

The government has today (27 May) announced the first 52 colleges and post-16 providers to teach T-levels. Courses in construction, digital, and education & childcare will be first taught from September 2020. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover sectors such as finance & accounting, engineering & manufacturing, and creative & design.

David Sainsbury, who chaired the Independent Panel on Technical Education, whose 2016 report led to the current reforms said: “I am delighted with the excellent progress being made with the implementation of T-levels.  For too long the only educational opportunity that many young people have had is to take technical qualifications that fail to equip them with the knowledge an

Recruitment begins for Further Forces mentorship programme

24 May 2018 Natasha Watkinson

The University of Brighton is recruiting to build a national network of high-quality subject specialist mentors to support armed services leavers training to enter Further Education (FE) teaching.

The Further Forces programme is designed to support service leavers with technical expertise to enter FE to teach technical areas where there are teacher shortages. Research by the University of Brighton has indicated the value of subject-specialist mentoring for trainee teachers in these fields[1]. The programme therefore aims to provide strong and relevant mentoring to help the Further Forces FE

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