Post-16 Educator

By and for practitioners and activists . . .

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Post-16 Educator is a quarterly magazine produced by and for activists in all sectors of post compulsory education.

To all UCU and other union branches with an interest in further, adult and higher education, the magazine is a 24-page quarterly produced entirely by and for practitioners and activists in these sectors.

If your branch would like to arrange a subscription, please contact the editor on and let us know how many copies you would like, whether you would want a PDF of each issue etc, and we will get back to you with a suggested subscription rate. For individual or regular individual subs go to Subscriptions.


‘UCU Marking and Assessment Boycott – awaiting results’
Cat Wayland looks at the issues.

‘UCU HE 4-fights campaign: what is to be done?’
Michael Hepworth argues for increased democratic accountability.

‘Recrimination, despair and the UCU H.E. ballot’
A UCU activist reflects on the situation.

‘T-levels struggle on’
Martin Allen updates the position and proposes a way forward.

‘The North’s educational class divide’
Stephen Lambert details what’s needed to give every child and young person a fighting chance.

‘The forgotten history of miners’ further education’
Robin Simmons recalls the post-compulsory education and training that once existed in Britain’s coalmining communities.

‘The crisis in prison education’
Brian Hamilton, UCU Prison Education Branch chairperson, talks to PSE.

‘Lifelong learning for labour power production’
Analysis by Darren Cogavin.

‘AI: lessons from the history of Western imperialism’
Article version of presentation by Gurnam Singh.

‘Implications of AI for education’
Patrick Ainley explores some of the key issues at stake.

PSE Features

100 Years On From The Ruskin Strike

The Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education, a PSE occasional publication by Colin Waugh


Post-16 Educator interviews candidates for Deputy General Secretary of the National Education Union

In October 2021, members of NEU elected Niamh Sweeney as Deputy General Secretary. Daniel Whittall spoke with all three candidates on behalf of Post-16 Educator, with a view to getting a sense of where each stands in relation to post-16 issues. Link to the transcripts here.

The Real Radical Education?

Liberal and General Studies with vocational students in UK colleges 1950-1990 as revealed through interviews with practitioners who taught it.

Bulletin 1: origins; purpose; context October 2017
´┐╝Bulletin 2: history; aims; legacy November 2018

A Post-16 Educator occasional publication

Introducing David Ridley's new book: No Consolation: Radical Politics in Terrifying Times
Contributions from David Ridley (independent researcher and journalist), Stephen Cowden (University of Gloucester), Dan Taylor (lecturer in Social and Political Thought at the Open University) and Patrick Ainley (formerly at Greenwich University).


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