National Apprenticeship Week : but do employers really want them?

As part of  national apprenticeship week, David Cameron has called for apprenticeships to become the  "new norm" for school leavers who decide against going to university -wanting work-based training to sit "at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy"  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21734560) Wanting the UK to emulate Germany –or at least post-war Germany! – Cameron … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week : but do employers really want them?

Here comes the Baker-laureate

Lord (Ken) Baker who, in another life as Margaret Thatcher’s education minister brought us the National Curriculum and more recently the University Technical Colleges (UTCs); has been busy again – this time upstaging Ed Miliband, (https://radicaled.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/milibands-proposals-for-training-without-jobs/) by announcing plans for a new Technical Baccalaureate and also warning that Michael Gove’s English Baccalaureate  is a ‘huge … Continue reading Here comes the Baker-laureate

‘Hard Times for education in England’ (Educational Futures, BESA Journal)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'Hard Times for education in England' Patrick Ainley & Martin Allen, Educational  Futures  Journal of the British Educational Studies Association,                                                                                 http://www.educationstudies.org.uk/journal/ef_vol_51 “Unrealistic hopes have been repeatedly invested in English education. First, that selective state secondary schooling would sustain traditional industry in the 1940s and '50s and then in the 1960s and '70s that comprehensive … Continue reading ‘Hard Times for education in England’ (Educational Futures, BESA Journal)

Education in a declining economy

Martin Allen Many assumptions about education continue to be unchallenged. Most education policy makers still operate with a ‘human capital’ model of education. This assumes the higher the level of education enjoyed by the population, the greater the national economic benefit. During the early post-war period, the content of education was largely left to teachers, … Continue reading Education in a declining economy

Running up a downwards escalator…..

Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen Paper to British Sociology Association  Youth Study Group Seminar  November 4th Widening participation to higher education has approached New Labour’s target of 50% of 18-30s (for women at least). Presented as a professionalisation of the proletariat, in reality it represents a disguised proletarianisation of the professions – for which HE … Continue reading Running up a downwards escalator…..

Wolf Review of Vocational Education

Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley Education minister    Michael Gove has commissioned Professor Alison Wolf to carry out a review of vocational education. As Wolf notes in her letter ‘calling for evidence’ the review is part of a new government   approach   to qualifications, but it won’t be examining the detailed content of vocational qualifications but on … Continue reading Wolf Review of Vocational Education

What should we teach young people about work and economy?

    Education for Liberation conference   November 14th 2009 : Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley   Most schools now provide ‘vocational alternatives’ to conventional academic courses but, even in FE colleges, these are largely classroom and textbook based ‘applied’ courses which, with a few notable exceptions, develop little in the way of any practical skills … Continue reading What should we teach young people about work and economy?

Education in and after the recession

              Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley NUT  Conference April 2009   With no end to the recession and unemployment rising, what of New Labour’s promises of increased opportunities for those prepared to become more qualified?   The current generation of young people is not only the most highly educated … Continue reading Education in and after the recession

MERDS paper Institute of Education 07/02/09

                                                                                                                                            From jobs without education to education without jobs. Education, economy and young people  and society -an overview Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley     Summary Though many Marxist writers continue to theorise the relationship between education and the workplace ‘needs’ of capital, we have argued in Education make you fick, … Continue reading MERDS paper Institute of Education 07/02/09