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 101, October to December 2020

Sharpest rises take unemployment to historic highs

Stephen Lambert considers whether Britain is returning to the great depression of the 1930s.

'Kickstarting' jobs for young people

Robin Simmons argues that the devil is not only in the detail of the Government's £2bn scheme but in the big picture too.

The Covid-19 crisis and the future of tertiary education: a Green Paper

Think-piece by Jane Lethbridge and Patrick Ainley aimed at staff and students at a mainstream university, proposing Green policy solutions.

Disruptive force or Trojan horse?

David Ridley looks at the political economy of online H.E.

Critical engagement with discursive texts

Cliff Jones encourages small groups to make critical sense of articles and papers.

Graham Birkin, adult educator, 1948 – 2020

Steve Bond and Catherine Burke pay tribute to their much respected former colleague.

Mike Cooley: towards a human-centred education

Obituary by Patrick Ainley of this major thinker.

How our local party developed an educational programme on antisemitism

Edd Mustill describes the recent series of sessions organised by Sheffield Heeley Labour Party.

Interpreting and changing the world

Article version of a talk given by Colin Waugh at a joint Independent Working-Class Education Network/Ella Baker School meeting in Brmingham on 7th March 2020.

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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