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‘We’re preparing our army for the last war’: why the academic-vocational divide must fall

IOE Events.  Vocational education suffers from its second class status – variously seen as a ‘consolation prize’ and ‘for other people’s children’. It deserves better – for its own sake and for the sake of social justice, but also, as

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Britain’s endless skills problems: why academics and policy wonks need to communicate

Francis Green.  The OECD and the Institute for Public Policy Research came together this week to launch complementary reports on Britain’s long-term skills problem and what should be done about it. The event unfurled in august surroundings, at the offices

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How unions secure better work-life balance for employees

Alex Bryson and John Forth.  New research we have conducted for the TUC finds Britain’s trade unions play a vital role in securing a work-life balance for employees. According to the most authoritative workplace survey in Britain, three-quarters of workplace managers

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We need to have a big conversation about the nature and purposes of a university or college education

Francis Green.  Especially since the surge in university and college enrolments around 1990, Britain’s workforce has become very much more educated. The proportion with tertiary (post-school) qualifications has been rising very fast – at roughly one percentage point per year

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Are Public Servants Due A Pay Rise?

Alex Bryson and John Forth.  Should we be paying public servants more? Some have expressed disquiet over the long-term sustainability of the 1% cap on pay settlements first introduced in 2010 and due to continue until 2019/20. Independent experts who

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