In 2011, Macquarie University in Australia debated whether to get rid of exams completely. They argued that exams fail to develop questioning, independent learners and instead promotes a superficial and inauthentic understanding of subjects.
Published: 5 May 2019
Less than a quarter of Maths re-takers passing and school leavers are the biggest losers from crash in apprenticeship opportunities, so the government must respond. AELP says that the government is letting a generation of young people down by blindly persisting with its damaging compulsory GCSE resits policy for English and maths.
Published: 24 August 2018
Across British politics, there is a recognition that technical and vocational education has been badly neglected. The Government has recently made this one of its core priorities, via the introduction of T-levels for students aged 16 and over and new Institutes of Technology. This is particularly urgent, given our imminent departure from the European Union.
Published: 17 August 2018
Thousands of young people receiving their A-level results on Thursday will be disappointed to find that the debt-free choice of a higher or degree level apprenticeship may not be available to them. This comes five years after former Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted it to ‘to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship’.
Published: 16 August 2018
Research by Chase de Vere, the independent financial and corporate advisers, in conjunction with Lightbulb, an independent research company, shows that an increasing number of employers believe that their employees should be responsible for their own financial education.
Published: 6 July 2018
The great inventor Henry Ford once said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty” 1, and it’s a message millennials appear to be taking on board, with nearly three quarters saying its likely they’ll return to education later in life. Contributor Dr Nick Smith.
Published: 16 June 2018
With only two years to go until T Levels become part of the education curriculum, new research published by City & Guilds and AELP reveals that just 17 percent of UK employers feel that they have a good understanding of the new qualifications, with almost half (49 percent) rating their understanding as poor.
Published: 31 May 2018
More than three quarters (79 percent) of school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) leaders in England believe that the skills shortage in teaching will become more severe over the next three years, and 84 percent believe that a culture of ‘recruitment compromise’ is undermining overall performance within their schools.
Published: 4 May 2018
The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) annual Development Survey found that graduates who have undertaken an internship are more likely to have honed the skills businesses need. The report, launched at the ISE Student Development Conference, found that 63 percent of employers believed graduates who had undertaken work experience had the required soft skills, yet less than half (48 percent) thought this of graduates in general.
Published: 6 April 2018
Vodafone has announced the launch of a ground-breaking international future jobs programme “What will you be?” to provide career guidance and access to training content in the digital economy for up to 10 million young people across 18 countries. The Vodafone digital skills and jobs initiative is the largest of its kind in the world.
Published: 3 April 2018