Post-16 Educator

by and for practitioners and activists . . .


Latest Post-16 Educator

Issue 87, April to June 2017

T-levels get the go-ahead Martin Allen looks at the new ‘college based’ technical education pathway: T-levels. Originally appeared at (download)

21st century apprenticeships: a real alternative or something else? Stephen Lambert looks at the evidence. (download)

Tertiary education is in a mess: how to deal with it? G. R. Evans makes the case for some urgent action. (download)

Building a new education system Sol Gamsu considers the nature of an alternative, emancipatory, system of education. (download)

Technology and the human future Jane Lethbridge reviews Sheila Jasanoff’s ‘The Ethics of Invention: Technology & the Human Future’ (2016). (download)

Orthodoxy and the will to autonomy Beatrix E. Groves sets out a critique of the orthodox, leading to liberation. (download)

Do we need a new social history movement? Dave Welsh looks at building a new social history perspective situated within a broader socialist education movement. (download)

The IWW and the Plebs League Fabian Tompsett examines links between the Industrial Workers of the World and the Plebs League. (download)

‘A third organ’? Antonio Gramsci’s conception of workers’ education. An article based on a talk given by Colin Waugh on 3/12/16 to the Wakefield Socialist History Group. (download)

Notes on contributors:

Martin Allen’s blog is https://education-economy- Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor, writing here in a personal capacity. G. R. Evans is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge. Sol Gamsu’s article was initially published in Jane Lethbridge is at Greenwich University. For details of Bea Groves, please see p.15. Dave Welsh can be contacted at

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


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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)

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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.


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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).


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