Shane Chowen
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Shane is 24, is from Plymouth and specialises in further education and skills policy. He currently works for Institute for Learning, the professional body for teachers and trainers in FE, in London but blogs here in a personal capacity. He's also a charity trustee and is a college governor. He is a former Vice President of the National Union of Students and proud alumnus of City College Plymouth.

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Revisiting the Spirit of Public Education

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (12:01)

A key figure from the movement that advocated universal education in the United States in the 19th Century was Horace Mann. He believed that education was a benefit to the public as much as it was to the individual and so, as secretary of the board of education of Massachusetts,...

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Can Licensing Teachers Work?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (19:26)

If there's one group of front-line public servants that you see accused of saving the world and intentionally trying to wreck it at the same time (sometimes in the same newspaper) it is our nation's teachers. Every now and again I think to myself I'd love to be a teacher....

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Autumn Statement Is an Invitation to Businesses to Step Up on Youth and Apprenticeships

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (15:12)

Proposals in Chancellor George Osborne's autumn statement mean big changes in further education, at a time when the sector is already dealing with significant and complicated reforms. But this autumn statement moves the focus away from colleges and training providers and on to businesses and their responsibilities to our nation's...

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Birmingham Met Wrong to Ban the Veil

(8) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (19:36)

It's basically impossible for me as a white, atheist man to imagine being told that my very existence is making my environment unsafe or unwelcoming and that, as a result, some authority now has to restrict how I dress or behave. And our society is such that I never will...

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Myths About Education Participation Age

(1) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (17:14)

From this year, there is an expectation that young people will continue in education or training up to the age of 17. This goes up to 18 in 2015.

There is so much mis-information about the rise of the education participation age, some of it unfortunately making its way...

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