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.

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 100, July to September 2020

What price the Covid generation?

Martin Allen argues that, losing out most from the financial crash of 2008 and being referrred to as a 'Lost Generation', today's youth, whether they are students or looking for employment, will constitute a 'Covid Generation'.

Inequality of opportunity in equivalency

David Nicholls looks at the challenge for vocational qualifications.

Time for change – a new qualification for post-16 mathematics?

Emma Bell describes a model developed in the Centre for Maths Excellence at Grimsby Institute.

Critical interventions

David Kear discusses possibilities latent in the BTEC Digital Media programme.

From passivity to action

In an article originally published on the UCUleft website, Bob Jeffery details how UCU members at Sheffield Hallam University took on the attempted imposition of excessive workloads and defended the post-92 National Contract.

Convention for HE calls for targeted government investment to save the sector

Sean Wallis introduces the Convention for H.E. statement.

A failure of imagination

David Ridley criticises the Convention for H.E.'s standpoint.

Brokering Britain?

Steve Brown and Joel Petrie review a crucial study of ESOL provision.

From CSEs to a PhD

Karamat Iqbal explains his relationship with lifelong learning.

The Socialist Educational Association

Ian Duckett sets out the background, structure and aims of the Labour Party-affiliated organisation.

Resisting the far right in the North

Stephen Lambert emphasises the necessity to counter the growth of violent far right movements.

pdf versions of the articles can be downloaded by clicking the
icon. Please visit the Archive for electronic copies of past articles

Articles, photos etc. wanted:

The editors welcome articles by and/or for practitioners and intending practitioners in any area of post-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 September for articles and 30th September for solidarity material about disputes etc. Contact us at


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. Please click here for details of subscriptions.

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