Post-16 Educator

by and for practitioners and activists . . .


Post-16 Educator is a bi-monthly magazine produced by and for activists in all sectors of post compulsory education.


The Guardian of Harlow College? A special feature highlighting events at Harlow College, including a spotlight on The Guardian’s coverage of events and its profile of the principal. Read about it here.

Plebs: the lost legacy of independent working-class education Colin Waugh's  recently published account of the Plebs League - the founding movement inspired by the notion that the working classes should produce its own thinkers and organisers. Download a flyer here, or contact us for more information, or download the pamphlet here (950KB pdf file).

Personalized Learning and Vocational Education and Training Personalised learning is a teaching and learning approach which is centred on the needs, aptitudes, and interests of individual learners. In this article, Ian Duckett explores the nature and philosophical underpinnings of personalised learning, its evolution as a mainstream learning approach, and its implementation in a number of different countries, mainly the United Kingdom, Australia, United States of America, and New Zealand. Download here (216KB pdf file).

Latest Post-16 Educator

Issue 70 January to March 2013

Great confusion hides great reversal Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen argue that few are facing up to the enormity of the changes the Coalition is inflicting upon English education.

Reclaiming our professionalism Rob Peutrell reflects on the humiliation of the Institute of Learning.

The struggles around ESOL provision by Alice Robson.

Review Cliff Jones reviews Nurit Peled-Elhanan’s ‘Palestine in Israeli School Books. Ideology and Propaganda in Education’ (2012).

Changing Technology Philip Santy continues the ‘PSE Luddite’ debate.

Highlander celebrates 30 years Steve Bond reflects on Highlander Research and Education Centre’s history.

Can we rebuild the Plebs League tradition? A summary by Joyce Canaan of the meeting at Northern College on 24th November 2012, followed by two documents written by people who took part.

Event: The S Word: A conversation about feminist sex and relationship education. Workshops around topics including consent, sexuality, sexual values and the language of sex. 17th February 2013 11am until 4pm Whitmore Community Centre, 2-4 Phillip Street, London N1 5NU, £5 waged, £3 unwaged.


NEWS . . .

Did you know: 

  1. Browne Review - coverage of the latest commentary (PSE 60)

  2. UCU members at UCL suspend action after management proclaim compulsory redundancies unlikely (PSE 58)

  3. Pay: a UCU special conference on HE pay agrees to submit a claim for either 8 per cent or RPI plus 5 per cent. The employers (UCEA) maintain a 'zero percentage' awaits (PSE 49)

  4. Two Middlesex professors and one senior lecturer suspended pending investigation of their involvement in support for protests aimed at preventing the closure of philosophy courses (PSE 58)

  5. Report on the THE analysis of HE finances (PSE 63)

  6. James Noble-Rogers, UCET head, is ‘extremely apprehensive’ following rumours that Michael Gove plans to remove teacher training from HE (PSE 61)

About PSE


The Editorial Board

The editorial board consists of grass roots activists from UCU and the NUT working together to organise readers and contributors into a national network that is democratic, that develops our practice and our thinking, and that equips us to take action over issues rather than always having to react to changes imposed from above.

The editors welcome articles of any length by and/or for practitioners and intending practitioners in any area of post-16 education, especially by women, plus letters, news items, photographs, materials and illustrations. Articles can be published anonymously if required.


There are several real debates going on in post-16 education at the moment. Practitioners need to engage in these debates before decisions get made. Post-16 Educator covers all the major issues in the post compulsory sector.

Each bi-monthly issue includes news and commentary from those working within post compulsory education, plus regular contributions from other interested activists. Comprehensive news coverage picks up on reports in national and local media, together with academic and government papers relevant to the sector. Recent features have included the Israeli academics boycott, the 2006 FE White Paper, prisoner education, teaching practice and the recently formed University and College Union (UCU).


Any individual or organisation can subscribe. Annual rates (4 copies) range from £3.00 (unwaged) to an institutional rate of £25 each year. For further details please follow this link to download a pdf document (40kb) detailing subscription rates and standing order mandates.

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Independent Working Class Education: the lost sonnet of impossibilism

Malcolm Ball’s essay examining the origins and history of Independent Adult Education, and the possibilities of alternative provision. Download here