Hobsons recently attended a Policy Exchange conference on education and social mobility, where Rt Hon Alan Milburn, who chairs the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission and is widely respected as the government’s social mobility champion, gave a speech to outline the part that education has to play in improving these respective elements of society over the next 5 years. Read More
Applications to higher education from UK students are rising. The gap between the application rate of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds compared to those from the most privileged backgrounds is narrowing. The graduate labour market is improving. You might think it’s time for the political spotlight to move away from higher education. Yet it isn’t going anywhere.
Some of the attention is welcome. Numbers of UK postgraduate students have not been rising. In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor promised financial help in the way of government loans. In the meantime the Higher Education Funding Council has a fund to grow programmes in a targeted way.
The children came into the classroom this week full of energy and as eager as ever. We expected smaller numbers because a new club has started on Tuesday at the same time, but this SOLE club remained as busy as always and we had around 35 pupils in the group!
The question this week was “What is the most dangerous animal in the world and why?”
This week was arguably the hardest question so far: “Do boys think differently to girls?”
SOLE club this week again came from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Highbury. This time we had a different question to ask the children:
Who is the most powerful person in the world?
Once the kids of year 4-6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School had got used to our new faces, the second session of SOLE got underway. They told us that they had really enjoyed last week’s exploration with Nicola and Alistair of how long society would last without electricity, and many seemed keen to volunteer to be the ‘police officers’. This week Stephanie and Samuel helped us out in this much coveted role and got to work handing out the iPads, posters and pens.
This week we re-launched the SOLE project with Sacred Heart Catholic School in Highbury. We met with our school contact Jamie Harvey to coordinate the sessions with children from Years 4-6 (ages 9-11). Jamie was very excited to start the project, and his enthusiasm was reflected in the huge interest from the students.
Last month, Hobsons attended a joint conference between the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Regent’s University London surrounding student visas. The main themes covered included the administration of student visas and the processes surrounding obtaining one, the impact of UK student visa policy on the future of the UK knowledge economy, and the opinion of businesses on the post-graduation employment of international students. The conference was co-hosted by Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regents University, also including a keynote speech from the Minister for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire MP.
Since the start of the year Hobsons has been partnering with local primary schools in the Old street/ Islington area to bring Self Organised Learning into the classroom.
Ever on the look out for ways we can improve the service that we provide to our partners, we underwent a three month project testing out the effectiveness of responsive design emails for our Technology partners. Here’s what we found out…