Tag Archive: Skills

New data published on enterprise and entrepreneurship education

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Our extensive research with educators and employers reveals ten new insights about what activities are being delivered and the impact that they have. You can also explore our published data yourself to see what you can discover. 1. In terms of how it’s delivered, enterprise and entrepreneurship education is embedded across the curriculum in a…

Pocket Watch – Developing the computing skills of the future

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To download the PDF please click here 2013/79 Introduction There’s been considerable interest in IT and computing skills recently. First Ed Miliband announced the creation of an independent Digital Skills Taskforce to offer advice to future Governments on provision and training in this area and second, the Education Minister, Elizabeth Truss used a recent speech…

Pocket Watch – The OECD set out the skills challenge


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 – Making sense of the skills agenda


To download the PDF please click here 2013/54 Introduction Three days, three important announcements about the training and skills agenda. In order, first Lord Adonis announced the launch of a wide-scale growth review, re-focusing current activity to concentrate on continuing weaknesses in the system such as the case for youth apprenticeships. Second, Nick Clegg announced…

Pocket Watch – How are education and skill systems shaping up?


To download the PDF please click here 2013/49 Introduction Last week saw the publication of two set piece Reports on how education and skills systems are performing both here and abroad. One was the regular OECD ‘Education at a Glance’ Report, at 400+ pages more of a gawp than a glance perhaps but as ever…

Pocket Watch – What’s coming up for education and skills?

To download the PDF please click here 2013/48 Introduction Last week, Government Depts updated their Business Plans. Laid out in the form of simple to read progress reports, start date/end date/status and so on, they offer a useful guide to what Depts such as the DfE and BIS have in store from now up to…

Pocket Watch – A new model of FE?


Introduction Just what sort of FE and skills system do we need? It’s a question that politicians, providers and producers have been grappling with for some time leaving the system in an almost constant state of flux as a result. Last week a new contribution was added to the debate in the form of a…

Policy Watch – Six Big Education Policy Challenges for 2012

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Introduction At the start of a new year, Policy Watch identifies six key policy issues that may come to dominate the UK education and training agenda in 2012 and offers a synopsis of each. The six include: The question of standards The school curriculum Youth unemployment and disengagement Apprenticeships The (adult) skills system HE In…

Policy Tracker – ‘Keeping track of what happened in the world of education for December 2011’.

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Main talking points The year drew to a close with some significant announcements and reports. High up on the list for schools was two announcements by Michael Gove, one on funding provision for 2012/13 and the other granting more time for the National Curriculum Review. For young people, there was the YPLA Funding Statement for…

A conversation with Bob Schwartz


Harvard Professor and leading author of the Pathways to Prosperity Report, Robert “Bob” Schwartz discusses social mobility, education and the skills that young people need to succeed in the future. Filmed at the 2nd Education and Employer’s Taskforce Research Conference at Warwick University in conversation with Ronley Kirwan of the PCPL. Tweet