Education and Learning

The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: Diving for pearls
For the upcoming REF, the OER Hub are one of the possible impact case studies for the OU. We applied for a small bit of internal funding, and last week all decamped to a cottage in Gloucestershire for five days ...
News story: Drive to raise education standards in areas most in need Raising education standards by supporting underperforming schools and offering young people more opportunities to make the best of their lives are at the heart of a package of measures announced today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
Aimed particularly at disadvantaged ...
News story: Top apprentices and apprenticeship employers are recognised at National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 ceremony
Held in London on 18 January 2018, the ‘Bright Future’ themed ceremony showcased individual and employer success stories, with businesses and apprentices beating off tough competition in regional heats to win in the national finale.
Finalists, National Apprenticeship Awards 2017
Correspondence: ESFA e-bulletin: 18 January 2018 (issue 203) Items for schools, colleges, local authorities and other post-16 providers
invitation to express an interest to deliver T levels in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
deadline for submission of 2018 to 2019 authority pro-forma tool
School ...
News story: Top college principals to drive improvements in further education Some of the country’s top college principals have been appointed to a new group which will work with underperforming colleges to help drive up standards and improve quality of teaching.
The seven National Leaders of Further Education (NLFE) will provide ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: Alone in Blogistan
One of the books I read last year was a happy confluence of factors. The book was Hans Fallada’s war time tale of quiet German resistance, Alone in Berlin (aka Every Man Dies Alone). It related to the political situation ...
HEFCE Chair receives Knighthood HEFCE’s Chair, Tim Melville-Ross, has been awarded a Knighthood in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: 2017 blog review
This is not an edtech review of the year (why do that, when Audrey does it better than anyone?), but rather a review of my own blogging over the year.
First up, some stats:
Number of posts: 50 (including this ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: The zone of proximal depravity
In the digital era it’s always a difficulty to discern the difference between behaviours that have always been present, but we just notice them differently, and those that are fundamentally changed by the digital environment. Often it’s a bit of ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: The Digital Scholar revisited
I’m writing a paper at the moment which is revisiting my 2011 book The Digital Scholar, and asking ‘what has changed since then?’. Back in 2011, although elearning had entered the mainstream with widespread adoption of VLEs, much of the ...
REF sub-panel chairs announced The 34 sub-panel chairs for the next Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed.
University of Bath: retirement terms of Vice-Chancellor The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has received a letter asking us to look into governance issues concerning the University of Bath’s decision on the retirement terms of its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell.
German: a very brief introduction
German is one of the most useful second languages for UK citizens. Britain's most multilingual student, Alex Rawlings, is here to take you on a whistle-stop introduction tour.
UK students and graduates, apply to become an English language assistant in ...
Why these multilingual school kids want to learn more languages
More than half the students at Reay Primary School in South London speak two languages. To coincide with the release of the 2017 Languages for the Future report, we asked them for their thoughts on language learning.
Read the full ...
Transparency data: School building framework: winning contractors announced Updated: Updated list of contactors School building frameworks provide the ESFA with a procurement route to access pre-selected contractors.
The attached document lists the 33 contractors that have won places on our new school building framework across 22 regional lots.
Policy paper: Social mobility and opportunity areas Updated: Added 6 new opportunity area delivery plans.The delivery plans for the 12 opportunity areas outline how we plan to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities.
The selection methodology explains how ...
Welcome to The Open University in Scotland
Learn about our students in Scotland and how studying with The Open University has helped them to retrain, upskill and take their careers to another level.
Business Perspectives – OU Wales, Business Legitimacy Seminar
A free seminar by the Open University in Wales and Introbiz for businesses in South Wales on ‘Business Legitimacy – staying on the “right” side of public opinion and how to avoid controversy.’ Guest speakers included Dr Björn Claes, Senior ...
Research and analysis: Developing character skills in schools Updated: The introduction describes the updates.Reports on the number of schools that offer specific activities to support development of desirable character traits and skills.
The report ‘Supporting mental health in schools and colleges’ is part of the same research.
Guidance: Early years census 2018: technical specification Updated: Updated the validation rules spreadsheet. The document's version history describes the updates.This is technical information about submitting data for the early years census 2018.
It is for:
suppliers of software for local authority management information systems (MIS)
users of ...
How young people abroad view the UK before and after Brexit
We asked polling firm Ipsos MORI to carry out two surveys to find out what young people from the G20 nations thought of the UK before and after its vote to leave the European Union.
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How much is your country opening up its universities to the world?
Being an international university means a lot more than attracting foreign students, and some countries have particularly conducive conditions for an international higher education system.
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Our latest report, 'The shape of global higher ...
Guidance: Apprenticeship standard: motor finance specialist (approved for delivery) Updated: Assessment plan and Funding Band added
Approved for delivery
This document is relevant to:
employers wanting to recruit an apprentice
training organisations working with employers to make the apprenticeships available
The approved standard outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours ...