Post-16 Educator

by and for practitioners and activists . . .


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

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, 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.

Please click here for details of subscriptions.

General Studies Project

Set up in July 2013, the Project aims to recapture the experience of those involved with Liberal Studies, General Studies and General and Communication Studies.

If you were a lecturer in this field, and/or you’re in touch with someone who is or was, and you’d like to be involved in this research, please contact us at this email address.

To all UCU and other union branches with an interest in further, adult and higher education, the magazine is a 24-page quarterly produced entirely by and for practitioners and activists in these sectors

If your branch would like to arrange a subscription, please contact the editor on and let us know how many copies you would like, whether you would want a PDF of each issue etc, and we will get back to you with a suggested subscription rate. For individual or regular individual subs go to Subscriptions.

The Real Radical Education?

Liberal and General Studies with vocational students in UK colleges 1950-1990 as revealed through interviews with practitioners who taught it.

Bulletin 1: origins; purpose; context October 2017

Bulletin 2: history; aims; legacy    November 2018

A Post-16 Educator occasional publication


Latest Post-16 Educator

Issue 94, January to March 2019

What can academics learn from the Lucas Plan? David Ridley argues for the relevance to contemporary higher education of ideas and practices developed in the 1970s by the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine.

Disobeying reality: the value of concrete utopia in education Article version by Sarah Amsler of a talk given by her at a conference organised by the British Educational Research Association's H.E. and Post-Compulsory & Lifelong Learning Special Interest Groups in Liverpool, November 2018.

Considerations for the future? Reprint with permission of the concluding section of Norman Lucas's recent Soundings article, 'Mind the Gap: the neoliberal assault on further, adult and vocational education'.

Who runs public services? Stephen Lambert and Mark McNally discuss the cronyism and lack of accountability in public sector management.

One model of a national education service Jane Lethbridge reviews a recent book by Melissa Benn.

Liberal and General Studies: how practitioners sought student engagement Jonathan Simmons presents some of the responses of lecturers interviewed by the Liberal and General Studies Project.

How the party of Rosa Luxemburg approach political education Article version of a talk given by Rida Vaquas at The World Transformed event, held in Liverpool in parallel with the 2018 Labour Party Conference.

What Paulo Freire might say to Jeremy Corbyn Article version of talk given by Colin Waugh at Independent Working-Class Education Network events in Sheffield and London in November 2018.

pdf versions of the articles can be downloaded by clicking the

Articles, photos etc. wanted:

The editors welcome articles by and/or for practitioners and intending practitioners in any area of post- 10 16 education, especially by women, plus letters, news items, materials and illustrations. Articles can be published without the author’s name if desired. The deadline for the next issue is 15th June for articles and 30th June for solidarity material about disputes etc. Contact us at