Continuous and conspicuous lack of media interest in reporting largely terrible careers advice in schools.

I hate to be the Debbie Downer on the rainless parade of the careers and education firmament but a few weeks on from Careers Week and several months after the launch of the new Careers Strategy and still radio silence. Both literally and metaphorically. It's a weird situation. I don't believe that I am the … Continue reading Continuous and conspicuous lack of media interest in reporting largely terrible careers advice in schools.

1 today, my gurgling, gurning, dribbly birthday blog.

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear Edducan blah blah blah. Yes, it's true - one year ago today I set up my blog in the hope that it would reach a small but indifferent audience and I'm delighted to report that in that goal I have succeeded beyond my wildest … Continue reading 1 today, my gurgling, gurning, dribbly birthday blog.

National Careers Week – I hardly knew you.

I wrote this article last week, still giddy with optimism that National Careers Week would form the centrepiece of educational reporting, and to a degree it did. Unfortunately only those interested in, paying attention to or aware of such Herculean efforts are likely to be captured by such events. For most, specifically those who watch … Continue reading National Careers Week – I hardly knew you.

Sour grapes, legitimate grievance or poor decision making? How one student sued her university for £60,000.

For those small number of edu-warriors for whom the weekends represent nothing more than an opportunity to fulminate over minor news stories then this weekend has been a doozy. Most papers carried the story of a student who is suing her alma mater, Anglia Ruskin University, for £60,000 for misrepresenting itself as being a well … Continue reading Sour grapes, legitimate grievance or poor decision making? How one student sued her university for £60,000.

An open letter to schools, colleges & Heads – Academic and careers advice fit for the future. (And mild apologies.)

Let me begin by saying that the title of my book, 'Is your school lying to you?' merely posits the question. It is not accusatory per se and whilst it deliberately courts potential spluttering, we are after all in a commercial market. Despite the glib title though there is a genuine question here, one that … Continue reading An open letter to schools, colleges & Heads – Academic and careers advice fit for the future. (And mild apologies.)

More articles and what not…

What a way to kick off the new half term, back into one of the colleges I work with for two days this week doing interviewing workshops, just firming up dates with the school I work with on oracy and setting up a debating society and an another article published in The Conduit Magazine (http://theconduitmagazine.co.uk/) … Continue reading More articles and what not…

Further adventures in hi-fi.

Hey gang! As part of my shameless self promotion I've been hitting the publicity trail as hard as I can. Naturally there's a reluctance on behalf of many media outlets to speak to me. Or even really acknowledge my emails, but I suspect this has everything to do with their fear of being exposed as … Continue reading Further adventures in hi-fi.

Apprenticeships. It’s time to put up or shut up.

I've spent the better part of 2 years now questioning the need and wisdom for students to be corralled into unnecessary degrees simply to fulfil societal ambition or parental expectation. A stance I stand squarely behind however it's getting pretty hard to defend apprenticeships now too. The introduction of the apprenticeship levy is seen by … Continue reading Apprenticeships. It’s time to put up or shut up.