If you work in a School or College, Beware Social Investment

Since this posting seeks to reach a wider readership, new readers please start here: Huckfield main points and conclusions are in this colour. Links or documents are highlighted in this colour. Huckfield recognises that there is already growing private sector provision in Schools and Colleges but is sad to see a substantial Social Investment in… Read more »

Black Country Partnership for Learning Spring Conference at the Hawthorns Conference Centre, West Bromwich on Friday 25 May 2012

Huckfield would like to emphasise that this is not an ‘opinion posting’ but is offered as a comprehensive record of the Black Country Partnership for Learning Spring Conference on Friday 25 May 2012. It is based on notes taken throughout the Conference and on speakers’ presentations. KEITH BATE, PRINCIPAL OF HALESOWEN COLLEGE Introduction In his… Read more »

Black Country Partnership for Learning Further and Higher Education Conference Friday 25 May 2012

THIS CONFERENCE IS A VERY TIMELY EVENT This piece represents a strong Huckfield recommendation. At only £95, this Conference represents exceedingly good value. A similar London Conference would be at last £300 plus fares. This is the Black Country Partnership for Learning Online Booking Form. Black Country Partnership for Learning Black Country Partnership for Learning… Read more »

Note from the Black Country Partnership for Learning Post Wolf Conference at West Bromwich on Friday 25 November 2011

(though Leslie Huckfield was one of the contributors at this event, this is posted as an objective summary of the day’s events) Patrick Highton, Executive Director of the Black Country Learning Partnership, who had organised the Conference, welcomed colleagues to what he described as a timely event. There were ongoing Consultations and Responses on 14… Read more »

All Change from Early Years to Higher Education

Whereas Eric Pickles’ Communities and Local Government Department sometimes seems sandwiched between the British Property Federation and the National Trust, there is little sign of any sandwiching of policies on which the Department for Education and Business Innovation and Skills have embarked. The significant feature emerging from all proposed Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education… Read more »

UK Students Shouldn’t Become the New Subprime Debt

In its 40th Birthday Edition last week, Times Higher Education (and I also remember it as The Times Higher Education Supplement) carried a story in which Glynne Stanfield, a partner in the legal firm Eversheds, predicted that a private education provider would buy a UK University in whole or in part within the next six… Read more »

Further Education Colleges need a Wider Role than “Vocational Value”

On Monday 20 June, the Policy Exchange think tank published “Vocational Value: The Role of Further Education Colleges in Higher Education”. Though this appeared a week before “Students at the Heart of the System”,  from the high level Conservative patronage and endorsements proudly displayed on its website, Policy Exchange must have had a good idea… Read more »