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Pocket Watch – The OECD set out the skills challenge

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/68 Introduction If skills are to be the currency of the 21st century as many economic commentators suggest then perhaps this latest report from the OECD will help set the skills version of a global exchange rate mechanism. Based on a survey of some 166,000 adults across 24…

Pocket Watch – Progress on widening participation in HE

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To download the report please click here Introduction The Government claims that by 2015 it will be spending nearly £1bn a year trying to attract disadvantaged students into HE but according to Alan Milburn whose latest social mobility Report was published last week, “a new level of dogged determination is needed if progress is to…

HE Policy blog: global higher education issues

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I had the pleasure of attending the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) conference this week in Paris. A mouthful of acronyms I know (more on that later), but it was actually great. I was there to broaden my knowledge of higher education and to see what the…

Pocket Watch – What does the OECD’s latest Report tell us?

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To download please click here Introduction The OECD’s annual audit of education systems across its 30+ member countries, the latest version of which was published last week, has added importance this year as countries increasingly turn to education to help stimulate their languid economies. This year’s version highlights two trends that remain important: the growing…

Pocket Watch – OECD Report on Developing School Leaders and Teachers

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Introduction The knowledge economy is having a dramatic impact on the nature of learning and the role of teachers according to a new Report from the OECD. It’s having a big impact on learners who are becoming socially networked but individually intuitive: ‘a generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last for…

Pocket Watch – Messages for the Chancellor as he prepares for his latest Budget

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Introduction A week to go to the Budget and as ever the Chancellor has not been short of advice. Key areas of interest for those in the world of education and skills are likely to be any measures that stimulate growth and any that help ease unemployment particularly that of young people   Context The…

Pocket Watch – The CBI offer an action plan for jobs for young people

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Introduction In the second of its major reports on ‘Getting the UK Working,’ the CBI has turned its attention to the growing problem of youth unemployment and what to do about it. Based on a series of discussions and debates held over the summer, the CBI has developed an action plan involving nine steps grouped…

Pocket Watch – The standards debate kicks off

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Introduction Last week, Ofqual, the exams and qualifications regulator in England launched an important debate about standards. It comes as the Education Select Committee prepares to launch an inquiry into how exams for young people should be run and as the DfE Expert Group starts to draw together thinking on the first stage of the…

Pocket Watch – Growth forecasts provide a challenging context for education and skills

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Introduction The OECD two weeks ago, the IMF last week. Dire warnings from international organisations coupled with economic turmoil have put the pressure on economic growth and by implication the importance of education in raising skill levels and supporting the transition into work What are the current growth predictions? Growth predictions for the UK have…

Pocket Watch – The OECD’s Annual Education Report

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Introduction This week the OECD published its latest report on the state of education across the 34 OECD member countries. It’s an annual stock take that provides lots of rich data for researchers and politicians alike and normally attracts considerable media comment largely because it offers a unique opportunity to compare one country against another…