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.

BTECs' future still in the balance
Martin Allen assesses the situation as the Skills Bill progresses through parliament.

To have or have not: the North's growing education class divide
Stephen Lambert looks at 'under achievement' in the North East.

Future workers, 'levelling up' and a 'skills revolution'
Hannah Walters explains how current conversations around vocational education don't tell the whole story.

Goodbye, Mr Laarschot
A Nottingham FE teacher reflects on the recent resignation of Nottingham College CEO, John van de Laarschot.

Education, skills and social justice
PSE conversation with Bill Esmond and Liz Atkins about their book.

Breaking down barriers through research
Heather James calls for more support for research in FE.

Teaching in the time of Covid
Kerry Scattergood talks to Rob Peutrell about the Working and Living in FE collective writing project.

Peter Scott on the crisis in H.E.
Patrick Ainley reviews Peter Scott's recent book on the crisis in H.E.

Artificial intelligence in FE and HE
John Preston summarises arguments from his new book.

Community Wealth Building
Jane Lethbridge reviews the recent account of CWB in Preston by Matthew Brown and Rhian Jones.

William Blake as precursor of independent working-class education
Article version of talk given by Colin Waugh on 17 September 2021.

PSE Features

100 Years On From The Ruskin Strike

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


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

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.

General Studies Project

Set up in July 2013, the Project aims to recapture the experience of those involved with Liberal Studies, General Studies and General and Communication Studies.
If you were a lecturer in this field, and/or you’re in touch with someone who is or was, and you’d like to be involved in this research, please contact us at 
this email address.

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