Post-16 Educator

by and for practitioners and activists . . .


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Did you know: 

Browne Review - coverage of the latest commentary (PSE 60)
•UCU members at UCL suspend action after management proclaim compulsory redundancies unlikely (PSE 58)

Pay: 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)

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)

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

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

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.

Download previous editions of PSE here

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

A Post-16 Educator occasional publication, October 2017


Latest Post-16 Educator

Issue 89, October to December 2017

'The GCSE retake challenge' Following Carlene Cornish's article in PSE 88, Eddie Playfair (writing in personal capacity) raises further issues surrounding English and maths retakes.

'Labour - past, present and future' Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen discuss economic and education-related aspects of Labour's current policy proposals.

'Citizenship more vital than ever' Stephen Lambert argues for more effective citizenship education.

'Not a revolution at all' John Holford argues against the claim by John van der Laarschoft, principal of the recently merged Nottingham College, that provision 'powered by employers' constitutes an 'educational revolution'.

'Unions slam the Taylor review' Martin Allen evaluates Matthew Taylor's review of employment practices.

'Academic predators' David Ridley explains some of the strategies currently being used by vice-chancellors to enrich themselves at the expense of students, lecturers and the public, and suggests ways of organising against this.

'Revolutionary learning' Stephen Cowden reviews the recent study, Revolutionary Learning by Sara Carpenter and Shahrzad Mojab, in the context of recent approaches to critical pedagogy.

'Professor Laland's pedagogic theory of evolution' Patrick Ainley reviews Kevin Laland's book, Darwin's Unfinished Symphony.

'Learning analytics: what is it and why do you need to know?' Sue Timmis discusses the growing trend for data about HE students' study activity to be collected, digitised and used to shape how universities are run.

'Dave Gibson' Colin Waugh pays tribute to former Barnsley College union branch secretary David Gibson who died in July.

'Barnsley College: a cautionary tale' Reprint of Dave Gibson's 2001 PSE article.

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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 post16