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Defining further education: does it matter?

On Thursday 15th February the IOE hosted a public lecture by Professor Martin Doel – ‘Defining further education: does it matter?’ There is no commonly accepted definition of further education. Professor Doel argues that while this diminishes the agency of institutions and organisations classed as FE providers, seeking an all-encompassing definition is not the answer. Instead, these providers need to set out their own distinct agenda as part of their local educational and social...


What if... we really wanted to support schools facing the greatest challenge?

IOE Public Debates Some schools have made a name for themselves in performing ‘against the odds’, their pupils chalking up impressive achievements in national tests and exams. But still there remains a link between schools’ circumstances and their performance, and some glaring geographical disparities. Breaking that link has been a focal point for education policy and many high profile organisations in education over the past two decades. There are occasional signs of progress, but they...


What if… we really wanted evidence-informed practice in the classroom?

IOE Public Debates There’s been a big push to get classroom practice shaped by evidence of ‘what works’. This has been largely inspired by advances in healthcare, where the use of research trials and national guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes is more established. But this approach has not gone uncontested in education (or health) and ‘evidence-informed practice’ is still to be firmly embedded across all schools. Why is this, and do we even have a shared understanding of what...


Further Education: A Cinderella story?

Professor Martin Doel discusses the latest cabinet reshuffle and the issues surrounding the lack of definition for FE. If you are interested in hearing more on this topic UCL Institute of Education (IOE) will be hosting a lecture 'Defining further education: does it matter?' with Professor Doel on 15 February 2018, followed by a wine reception. You can register to attend on the IOE website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news-events/events-pub/feb-2018/defining-further-education-does-it-matter...


What if… we wanted to transform teaching as a career choice?

How can we combat the continuous challenge surrounding teacher retention? Let’s explore how technology and best practice from other professions can be used to transform teaching. Join us in the debate. Speakers include: - Mary Bousted is the general secretary of ATL and AMiE - Jonathan Simons is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Varkey Foundation - Lucy Crehan is an International Education Consultant at Education Development Trust - Martin Mills, incoming Director of the Centre...


What if… we really wanted to overcome the academic-vocational divide?

It’s time to address the latest issues surrounding the stubborn academic-vocational divide. Come along and join us in the debate. Speakers include: - Mary Curnock Cook is the former Chief Executive of UCAS - Tony Little is the Chief Academic Officer at GEMS - Sir Michael Wilshaw is the former Chief Inspector of Schools In England and Head of Ofsted - Alison Fuller is Professor of Vocational Education and Work and Pro-Director for Research and Development at the UCL Institute of Education....


Higher education as self-formation

Higher Education as Self-Formation Prof Simon Marginson draws on and integrates a range of social science disciplines in his work, primarily political economy and political philosophy, historical sociology and social theory. His work focuses on globalisation and higher education, international and comparative higher education, and higher education and social inequality. He is currently researching the implications of the worldwide trend to high participation systems of higher education....


What if… we really wanted to further social mobility through education? 31st Oct 2017

On 31st October we held the first in our ‘What if…’ events series, which challenges thought leaders to bring some fresh and radical thinking to key debates in education. We kicked off with the issue of education’s role in relation to social mobility, asking the panel ‘What if… we really wanted to further social mobility through education?’. Speakers included: Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York; co-author, The Spirit Level:...


If you run on your own you run fast, but if you run with a team you run far

Maggie MacDonnell is the winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017. She won from a field of over 20,000 applications from teachers in almost every country in the world. In this lecture she reflects on the challenges, opportunities and experiences of teaching in the Canadian Arctic. For the last six years Maggie has been a teacher in a fly-in Inuit village called Salluit, home to the second northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, with a population of just over 1,300. It...


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