Out of the classroom and into the world: the changing face of teaching in higher education

Since 2017, the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) has assessed the quality of undergraduate teaching in England’s higher education providers. The TEF rates universities as Gold, Silver or Bronze, and was introduced by the government which felt that universities were too focused on research. It’s still too soon to say what the impact […]

UK slipping to third place in international higher education – are UK universities losing their competitive edge?

By Steven McGinty Last year, Professor Simon Marginson published a report that would have worried university chiefs more than a BBC investigation into their eye-watering salaries. The concern? That UK universities are no longer able to compete with the world’s elite universities and have slipped from second to third in the international higher education rankings. […]

Five current challenges facing Further Education

As well as developing the careers of school-leavers and adults and contributing to the economy, further education (FE) also plays a crucial, but unsung role in our daily lives. As one college chief executive has observed: “Over the past 25 years, we have quietly gone about our work producing the people that matter most to […]

Addressing social mobility through education – is it enough?

We looked at the issue of social mobility and education last October, highlighting that although there has been continued investment by successive governments, the rate of progress is slow: “it has been estimated that at the current rate of progress it will take 50 years to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils in England.” […]

Technical education – reformed for whose benefit?

by Stacey Dingwall The expansion of grammar schools may not have made it into this year’s delayed and reduced Queen’s Speech but another education policy did – the government’s planned ‘major’ reform of technical education. As Her Majesty set out, the government’s plan is to ensure that people “have the skills they need” for high-skilled, […]

What’s happening in the English education system and how does it compare to Singapore’s system?

by Stacey Dingwall At the end of last year, we looked at the state of the Scottish education system following the publication of some disappointing Pisa results for the country. In this blog, we focus on some of the issues recently highlighted within the English education system, and how the system compares to that of […]

Talking to children about poverty: why education needs to get in on the act

1 in 5 children in poverty Scotland has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK. The latest figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty, with the figure rising to 1 in 3 in the urban centre of Glasgow. With more and […]

What state is the Scottish education system in?

by Stacey Dingwall On Tuesday, the Scottish Government published new statistics on the country’s education system, contained in the evidence report for the National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education. The report outlines progress made against each of the four priorities set by the Scottish Government in January when it first published the Framework: Improvement in […]

Education Bill scrapped: the local government impact

by Stacey Dingwall This week saw the UK government officially drop plans for the Education Bill it announced during the Queen’s Speech earlier this year. Initially announced by then Chancellor George Osborne during last year’s Autumn Statement, the Bill would have seen all state schools in England removed from local authority control and forced to […]

Why do more girls than boys go on to higher education?

by Stacey Dingwall In February of this year, ministerial guidance was issued to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) on doing more to widen the participation of disadvantaged groups in higher education. This was accompanied by the issuing of new access agreement guidance to universities and colleges which, for the first time, specified that they […]