Ferrotype

£7bn 363 colleges 4.2m learners 263,257 staff

Yackety Yack won’t come back

The Ipsos Mori report has useful insights into how NEETs think – which is

the consistent theme …  that they can’t think of anything useful they’re good at. This contrasts starkly with young people who underpin their aspirations with personality traits that suggest they will be able to make a positive success of them. Something positive about them has stood out to the adults in their lives, and this gives them the confidence to make firm plans about their future

“I want to be a youth worker .. they told me I was really good at taking charge of groups and stuff and I’d be really good at it
[college student]

“wherever you’re gonna work, your not gonna like it … who wants to go to work – no-one”
[current NEET age 18]

Teachers aren’t about themselves, they are about other people.

Teaching isn’t about how the students feel about me, it is about how  I can make them feel about themselves.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | attitudes, teachers, young people | , , , , | Leave a comment

Yackety Yack

Ipsos Mori are due to produce the latest Learner Satisfaction Survey in spring 2010, based on learners’ experience of college 2009.

Learners in colleges don’t come into the sector as newbies – they have a lot of education experience behind them – and Ipsos Mori have already surveyed 2387 of them in 2008. 11-16 then, they are now 13-18, so their views will form the core of the 2009 college survey.

They were asked about the ways they prefer to learn, and what they do most often in class.

Continue reading

February 10, 2010 Posted by | attitudes, teachers, young people | , , | Leave a comment

Beware teachers called Callum or Chelsea

If HEFCE’s challenging financial settlement for HE next year is anything to go by, we will have to get very good indeed at picking students who are the best, most persistent, the least likely to drop out.

And of course there is a way of doing it easily – just look at their first name.

A survey of 3000 teachers came up with the student names to look out for

Continue reading

February 2, 2010 Posted by | further education, list, teachers | , , , , | Leave a comment

No thanks, Carol Volderman

I was desparate for a bricklayer in the summer term, when they are all on site, so I grabbed “Peter” when the agency sent him along. It wasn’t till Week 2 that it hit us.

All the problems that we had came down to the fact that he couldn’t read or write.

Goodbye Peter.

But Kinsey was right – we do need to attract the brightest 10% into teaching if we are to have good education; and

Michael Gove [Conservative – party political warning!] was also right – we shouldn’t pay to train people with third class degrees as teachers.

So how would that work for me in vocational education?

and for poor old Carol Volderman?

Sorry Carol but I am after someone who is better qualified. Can I keep you on our file? Click to enlarge.

Continue reading

January 29, 2010 Posted by | teachers | , , , | Leave a comment