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The crisis in secondary schools: where is it leading?

All kinds of schools in England are facing damaging budget cuts. Large meetings are being held all over the country where parents and teachers together are showing their opposition to Government cuts. Every concerned teacher or parent should join the … Continue reading

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Grim up north?

In his final report as Ofsted’s chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw chose to launch again into a polemic about the poor quality of schools in the North of England. The data he used needs more serious analysis. In recent months, Wilshaw has … Continue reading

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Voodoo sociology, unemployment and ‘the low-pay no-pay cycle’

by Rob MacDonald, Teesside University In many parts of the country there are plenty of ‘crap jobs’ – but what is missing are jobs that are rewarding, respectful and lasting. Too much contemporary employment is low-skilled, low paid and insecure; … Continue reading

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Low-level apprenticeships reflect Britain’s ‘coffee shop’ economy

by Martin Allen Ofsted’s hard hitting report on the quality of apprenticeship provision Apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity confirms what is increasingly becoming apparent. Large numbers of apprenticeships are poor quality, involve little real training and merely certify ‘existing … Continue reading

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The apprenticeship swindle

Apprenticeships used to be an esteemed form of skills training, leading to relatively secure and well paid careers. Now the government are trading on the word’s positive connotations while selling short millions of young people. Three years ago, this was … Continue reading

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The Techbacc and apprenticeships: as many questions as answers

by Martin Allen Claiming to offer a new alternative for young people at the upper end of secondary school and in Further Education, Labour’s election manifesto retains some old themes –particularly in its policies for vocational education where it wants … Continue reading

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A Welsh mining community 30 years on

It is 30 years to the day since the Miners Strike ended. The legacy remains in the poverty and loss experienced in many parts of Britain.  Gabrielle Ivinson’s research concerns the lives and feelings of young people living in the … Continue reading

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