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This podcast from the education and skills think tank EDSK takes a look inside the latest stories from across the education system in England including schools, colleges, universities and apprenticeships. You can find out more about EDSK at edsk.org or on Twitter @EDSKthinktank.

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This podcast from the education and skills think tank EDSK takes a look inside the latest stories from across the education system in England including schools, colleges, universities and apprenticeships. You can find out more about EDSK at edsk.org or on Twitter @EDSKthinktank.

    How do you solve a problem like international students?

    How do you solve a problem like international students?

    “Read my lips — I will bring immigration numbers down” said Keir Starmer during the recent General Election campaign.The Labour Party election manifesto also said that “Labour will act to create a secure future for higher education”. In isolation, both these goals are legitimate aspirations, but when you put them together it raises an interesting policy question: how will the new government approach the issue of international students coming to the UK, as these students increase immigrat...

    • 38 min
    Who has the better manifesto for education: Conservatives or Labour?

    Who has the better manifesto for education: Conservatives or Labour?

    Sometimes a UK General Election can be a tense and nervy affair with little indication of which party will prevail. The upcoming election on July 4th is not one of those situations, with the Labour Party miles ahead in the polls and set to form the next government.However, for today we are put the polls to one side and dive into what we’ve seen and heard over the past couple of weeks from the current Conservative government and the likely next Labour government. Which manifesto has the b...

    • 42 min
    What could be done to improve policymaking in education?

    What could be done to improve policymaking in education?

    With a General Election just weeks away, people’s thoughts are quickly turning to which education policies the next government will try to implement. I think it’s fair to say that decisions made over the last 14 years have not always gone down well with teachers and lecturers or the people running our schools, colleges and universities. But would a new set of ministers, advisors and government officials really do any better, or would they end up facing the same barriers to designing...

    • 31 min
    What does the future hold for tutoring on a national scale?

    What does the future hold for tutoring on a national scale?

    Since the National Tutoring Programme, or NTP, was launched in 2020 to help combat the effects of the pandemic on children’s academic progress, it has provided 5 million tutoring courses to pupils of various ages at a cost of over £1 billion. However, these figures will not be increasing much further because the government has decided that after four years of operation, the NTP should have its funding removed and it will be closing down this August. So why has the government turned ...

    • 32 min
    20 years on - is it time to revisit the '14-19 Diplomas'?

    20 years on - is it time to revisit the '14-19 Diplomas'?

    On the 16th of May, EDSK published a new report called ‘Evolution and revolution’, in which we set out a 10-year plan for reforming primary and secondary education in England. Our plan included, among other things, a Baccalaureate for all 14 to 18-year-olds that would bring academic, applied and technical courses together under one roof as well as everyone studying Core English and Core maths, otherwise known as literacy and numeracy, up to age 18. Bold as these proposals may sound, we d...

    • 28 min
    Do we all agree on what 'fairness' means in education?

    Do we all agree on what 'fairness' means in education?

    Despite the endless debates and disagreements in education policy, there are some things that we can all agree on, such as the need for a fair education system. However, a new report suggests that while we may agree on the need for a fair education system, we may well disagree on what fairness actually means in practice. The report – titled Mapping the way to educational equity – offers a range of perspectives on how to define and use concepts such as equity, fairness and opportunity an...

    • 34 min

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