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Widening Participation OfS style

The Office for Students (OfS) ‘Consultation on a new approach to regulating equality of opportunity in English higher education’ closed at noon today. It marks an ‘upping the ante’ on universities that are already under severe pressure.  By putting the…

T-levels: tales of the unreliable in the twilight zone

News emerged last week that T-level examinations turned out to be ‘unreliable’ this summer. One assessment organisation, the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)  has been plagued by gremlins to such an extent that there had been rumblings and complaints…

Attainment gaps and questioning the purpose of examinations

Hidden in the background of extraordinary chaos across the government, the financial markets and fall of the Prime Minister, we learned that school examinations next year will be tightened further to bring the results in line with pre-pandemic levels.  This…

Budget 2022: Blowing the bloody doors off

The budget over a week ago sent a shock wave across the UK economy and brought it to the brink of disaster. A substantial intervention by the Bank of England was needed. Interest rates rose sharply and government bonds and…

Budget 2022:  Everyone for themselves

On Friday the expected tax cuts and a new budget were released by the chancellor.  They represent a major change of direction for the UK economy not seen since the Conservative budget of Anthony Barber in 1972.  The ensuing economic…