Posts By: Richard

The Cooperative Movement and Education in Britain Part 1

 Contrary to the general belief that the Industrial Revolution only brought about social disorder and despair because of the factory conditions, it is actually the case that many innovative initiatives developed at a local level amongst the workers and artisans themselves. There was a wide and rich set of developments including the Co-operative movement, Mechanics’… Read more »

Trade Schools in England

Trade Schools in England As mentioned in the history of technical education there were a number of separate developments in technical and commercial education provision and the focus for this pen portrait will be on a few examples of trade or similar schools. As the apprenticeships declined in the late 1800s/early 1900s the trade schools… Read more »

The Importance of Work Related Learning (WRL) for All

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Wolf Review was the recommendation that WRL should not be a statutory requirement for 14-16 year olds. Equally sad was that the government endorsed that recommendation and removed the funding from schools that has been successful in developing education business partnerships over the past few years. This… Read more »

The Richard Review of Apprenticeships

The Richard Review of Apprenticeships Published in November 2012 this independent review makes a number of important recommendations in regard to apprenticeships. The more significant recommendations include: Apprenticeships need to be ‘redefined’ having lost the essential link between the employer and the apprentice in recent times The main focus should be on ‘outcomes’ Should be… Read more »

Information on Colleges and Training Providers

  Updated November 2016. 1582 Edinburgh University founded 1592 Trinity College Dublin founded 1596 Gresham College founded. In 1613 Robin Hood Society founded by H. Middleton. In 1685 Hackney Academy founded discontinued in 1820 founded by B. Morland. In 1710 Mathematical School in Southwark founded by T. Crosby. In 1717/1718 Soho Academy founded by M. Clare…. Read more »

Facts and Figures

Updated August 2017. This section attempts to complement the other sections of this website. I have started including information on the Welsh, Scottish and Irish technical education systems. In 1560 250,000 tons of coal mined. In 1620 35,000 tons of pig iron produced. In 1660 between 1660-1668 number of patents issued for inventions 31. 1n… Read more »

The Untapped Potential of Museums and Libraries

Museums and libraries share a common ancestor with technical colleges through the Mechanics’ Institutions of the 19th century which offered workers the opportunity to improve their skills and acquire new scientific and technological knowledge. It’s also worth reminded that their history includes 19th century endowment by wealthy entrepreneurs who wanted to contribute to the education… Read more »

Youth Matters

 
One of the most unfortunate consequences of the current global financial crisis is the very high level of youth unemployment particularly in Europe.