• 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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Gatsby at the AoC Conference – “Planning for technical education reforms: a local approach”

9 November 2017 Natasha Watkinson

On Wednesday 15 November the Gatsby technical education team will be hosting a breakout session at the AoC Annual conference at the ICC in Birmingham.

Alongside the team the panel will include DfE representatives and skills teams from Sheffield City Region and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Technical education reform is underway, with new T Levels beginning to be phased in from 2020. This is wider than qualification reform, aiming to build resilience and stability in the national skills base. To meet local needs, colleges in several loc

Gatsby Technical Education PhD studentship at Cambridge

25 October 2017 Jennifer Allen

Gatsby values the role that research plays in improving the quality of technical education and are keen to support high-quality research in this area. We believe that investing in the training and development of new researchers is one way in which to cultivate policy-relevant research about technical education.

Beginning in October 2018, Gatsby plans to sponsor one fully funded PhD studentship based in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and linked to the Cambridge Big Data Science Research Initiative. The successful applicant for this studentship will use large scale data to research the role of technical skills in the labour market and be supervised by Professor Anna Vignoles. For more i

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