Post-16 Educator

by and for practitioners and activists . . .


Latest Post-16 Educator

Issue 88, July to September 2017

Growth is OK but what about quality? Text of a new edition of the Coventry UCU pamphlet detailing issues at stake at Coventry University. Download

‘You can’t get there from here’ Carlene Cornish details her research into marginalisation and the gatekeeping function of GCSEs. Download

Towards the socially critical educator Cliff Jones looks at three modes of masters degree on offer for educators. Download

Liberal and General Studies Project progress report Colin Waugh reports on the progress of the Liberal and General Studies project. Download

Who stole the Town Hall? Patrick Ainley reviews a new book which shows how austerity has inflicted cuts on local authorities, encouraging them to outsource and downsize so that disasters like Grenfell Tower are not only inevitable but systemic. Download

Grey power or youth-quake? Stephen Lambert considers whether the old lost the general election for Corbyn or the young for May. Download

Guy Standing’s case for a basic income Jane Lethbridge reviews Guy Standing’s most recent book advocating a universal basic income. Download

Proletcult: IWCE and the Russian Revolution In a follow-up to his PSE 87 article, Fabian Tompsett discusses the contributions by Alexander Bogdanov and by Cedar and Eden Paul to the theoretical side of the Independent Working-Class Education movement. Download

Notes on contributors:

Carlene Cornish can be contacted on Cliff Jones lives in Sefton, Merseyside. Patrick Ainley was formerly at Greenwich University. Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor, writing here in a personal capacity. Jane Lethbridge is at Greenwich University.

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


NEWS . . .

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).


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