Barely making national newspaper columns, the most recent labour market statistics from the ONS continue to provide a grim scenario for anyone seeking reliable employment in the early years of the 21st century. The slight fall in both Labour Force Survey and Claimant Count figures for unemployment merely masks the continued decline of those in … Continue reading Stuck generation
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
There is no sign of any pick up in the labour market. Though unemployment , as measured by the broader Labour Force Survey method has fallen by 8000, this is much lower than City analysts had predicted and still leaves joblessness at 7.8%. More significantly, the quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics show the ‘Claimant Count’ … Continue reading Youth unemployment rises again
Martin Allen Labour market statistics, published by the Office for National Statistics, for January to March 2010, continue to highlight the plight of young people and confirm many of the arguments in our book Lost Generation? The latest figure show unemployment levels, as measured by the Labour Force Survey method rising again - sounding alarm bells … Continue reading The real ‘lost generation’?
Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley Education Guardian 13/04/10 Another "lost generation" will emerge this summer as many graduates, school and college leavers are added to the 900,000 16- to 24-year-olds out of work, despite the recession having supposedly ended. With demand for university courses again reaching record levels, including from those re-applying after being … Continue reading Education is losing its legitimacy – time for staff and students to step in
'With wit and simplicity, insight and passion, Allen and Ainley illuminate how the promise of "education, education, education" has come to its miserable end- and what can be done to get us out of it' Ken Jones, Head of Education Department, Goldsmiths College, Univ of London www.continuumbooks.com Another ‘Lost Generation’ … Continue reading Lost Generation? New strategies for youth and education – New book by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley
Martin Allen Education for Liberation Journal of the Socialist Teachers' Alliance No 1 April 2010 If Ofsted, SATs, league tables, rising workloads, the never ending culture of target setting and performance management continue to be the most visible shortcomings of New Labour’s ‘standards agenda’, then official statistics showing 950 000 18-24 year olds out of … Continue reading ‘Gissa job’
Concern with promoting social mobility has been central to all Labour governments since the Second World War. However, rates of relative social mobility (when the chances of upward mobility improve for working-class children in relation to middle-/upper-class children who, as Roberts 2009 points out, only exceptionally move downwards) have remained low despite all the changes in education at all levels designed to promote it – not to mention society recently officially becoming a ‘meritocracy’.