With the arrival of the levy now looming, this short blog offers some reflections on both the process issues raised by the apprenticeship reform programme, and also on some underlying questions that it leaves hanging. I start with policy process. As I have observed in oral evidence to the House of Commons joint BIS/DfE select […]
Toward the end of last year I attended a conference on education and employer engagement. One session in particular interested me and I sat in the audience of a panel session discussing employer engagement and governance. The session actually revolved around multi-academy trusts and employer engagement. It was heavily schools focussed, particularly on the children […]
This comment piece offers some initial reactions to the Government’s Post-16 Skills Plan (BIS, 2016a). It does not try to cover every aspect of what is being recommended, it simply focuses on those areas that the author deems most important or contentious. Although references to the Sainsbury Review of technical education (Sainsbury et al, 2016) are made in what follows, since the Skills Plan is the government’s response to the Review, a detailed analysis of Sainsbury is a much bigger exercise and not one that is being attempted here.