Preparing Our Students for the Real World

June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

Hans Meeder and Brett Pawlowski of the National Center for College and Career Transitions   The report considers education can be transformed to produce better results. This white paper is directed at today’s leaders of education including school superintendents, school board members, as well as school leaders in high schools, middle schools and elementary school […]

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Personal contacts, employment and social mobility in Britain

June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

This paper contributes to debates around social mobility and social capital by exploring the links between social class background, assistance from non-parental personal contacts for finding employment, and social class destination. The literature on social mobility, social capital and social networks is reviewed, drawing a conceptual distinction between social capital and social networks. Previous research […]

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Partnerships with employers in secondary and special schools

June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

The report examines the range of partnerships and links that secondary and special schools across Wales have with employers. It considers the range of learners’ experiences and the characteristics of effective links between schools and employers. The report also examines how senior leaders in schools are starting to consider how to plan for the cross-cutting […]

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Implementing employability skills frameworks in schools

June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

Dr James Robson and Ashmita Randhawa SKOPE Research Centre, University of Oxford This resource provides information on best practice for implementing Employability Skills Frameworks in schools. Employability is a complex and contested concept, with multiple actors (employers, institutions, policymakers, teachers, and parents) interpreting and contributing to all the definitions. Employability Skills Frameworks are a way […]

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Professional identity transformation: supporting career and employment practitioners at a distance

June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

Jenny Bimrose & Alan Brown The professional identity of career counselling and employment practitioners is somewhat fragile. Balancing tensions like meeting targets that exist around funding, whilst attending to the individual needs of the clients they serve, can prove challenging. Maintaining professionalism is increasingly also challenging for practitioners because they need to attend continually to […]

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Lessons from employer led learning

June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

Commercial Education Trust There is more to employer engagement in education than providing work experience placements. To motivate young people and help prepare them for whatever the future brings, employers need to work with education providers to embed authentic and meaningful learning experiences in the wider curriculum. There’s no shortage of evidence that employer engagement […]

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Putting skills to work: it’s not so much the what, or even the why, but how

June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020

Trisha Fettes, Karen Evans & Elnaz Kashefpakdel This paper focuses on how generic skills can be developed to enable young adults to best utilise them in making transitions into the labour market. Drawing on the literature and a Commercial Education Trust study of practices which encourage employer engagement in skills development, it is argued that […]

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Another look at rural-nonrural differences in students’ educational aspirations

June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

Another look at rural-nonrural differences in students’ educational aspirations Journal of Research in Rural Education, Winter, 1993, Vol. 9, No.3, 170-178 Emil J. Haller, Cornell University Sarah J. Virkler, University of Buffalo   This 1993 journal article explored the aspirations of rural and nonrural young people in the USA. It concluded that socio economic status […]

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ASPIRES

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an international priority for government, industry and the science education policy and practice community. There is widespread concern that participation in STEM needs to be improved for reasons of both national economic competitiveness and social equity. The first ASPIRES study tracked the development of young people’s […]

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