Centre for Post-14 Education and Work
Improving the relationship between education, working life and active citizenship, internationally, nationally and locally.
Our centre seeks to research current and future-oriented perspectives on post-14 education and its role within society.
We will explore broad issues, such as globalisation, changing employment patterns, the ageing society, the effects of new technology, migration, dimensions of inequality, London as a global city, citizenship, and examine the role of lifelong and life-wide learning in helping people and organisations face these challenges and opportunities.
14+ formal and informal education
We are interested in all types of 14+ formal and informal education that take place in a variety of contexts – in educational institutions, at work, at home and through leisure activities - and are pursued for a wide range of purposes.
- Our staff
Professor Martin Doel
Dr Sam Duncan
Professor Ann Hodgson
Dr Lynne Rogers
Professor Ken Spours
Dr Janet Broad
Dr Olga Cara
Dr Denise Hawkes
Dr Kaori Kitigawa
Dr Sean Richards
UCL Honorary Research Associates/Fellows
Dr Tim Ling
Dr Lynne Sedgmore
Barbara Gougoulis, Centre Administrator
Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS
At a time when the further education and skills sector is subject to unprecedented turbulence, but also has the opportunity for positive change, the new Centre for Post-14 Education and Work has been created at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) to stimulate debate on, and improve the relationship between education, working life and active citizenship, internationally, nationally and locally.
Our centre builds on the research expertise and international renown of the former Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation, the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) and the Learning for London@IOE Research Centre as well as the work undertaken by FE@IOE.
Our Centre aims to act as the focus and first point of call for research and consultancy internationally, nationally, and locally in the following broad areas:
- Upper secondary education (14-19)
- Technical, vocational and professional education and training
- Work-based and work-related learning
- Further education and its interface with the work-based route and higher education
- Learning within the criminal justice system
- Adult and community learning
- Adult literacy, language and numeracy, including English and maths
- English, maths and ESOL in 14-19 education
- Initial teacher training and continuing professional development
- London as a global city
- International perspectives on and developments in post-14 education
Within each of these strands the Centre will explore a number of cross-cutting themes:
- Curriculum and qualifications
- Teaching, learning and assessment
- Educational participation, progression, life transitions and the issue of exclusion and disengagement
- The changing nature of work and the economy and its relationship to education and training
- Policy making and policy learning
- Institutional collaboration and the creation of local learning systems
- institutional and system leadership, governance, and professional identities
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Our centre is regarded as a leading centre for research into, consultation on, and dissemination of matters pertaining to education and training.
We have an excellent track record of continuing professional development and consultancy projects working with international, national, regional and local bodies and stakeholders. We are distinctive in maintaining close contact with practitioners and with policy-makers through its professional and scholarly contacts.
We are internationally recognised as consultancy experts in the following areas: upper secondary education, further education, adult and community learning, adult literacy, language and numeracy, including English and maths, learner progression, technical, vocational and professional education and training, leadership and governance.
- Two-Way Street Leadership Exchanges
- Researching the Area-based Review Process in London
- Excellence in Leadership Management and Governance (ELMAG)
- Research Capacity Building in Tanzania
- Supporting Functional Skills English teaching and learning
- Study Programme Support: Modelling and Operation Programme.
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- Post-14 Network
Our centre is committed to building relationships and dialogue with a range of stakeholders and seeks to collaborate with them through its networks.
There is the re-launched national ‘Post-14 Network’ of individual members. Previously a London only network, the new Centre’s network activity is nationally focused and ran its first three events in 2015 in London, Birmingham and Leeds. Organised in conjunction with Learning Plus UK, the events attracted more than a hundred participants.
Joining the Network
You just need to complete the application form to join the centre network.
It is anticipated that members will not only participate in conferences and seminars but will also be active partners in much of the centre’s research and consultancy.
We also continue to support the ‘14-19 Alliance’, a policy discussion group that involves a wide range of education and civil society organisations and meets six times annually.
It is co-chaired by two Centre Directors, Professors Ann Hodgson and Ken Spours, and Martyn Waring (UCL Honorary Research Associate) acts as Secretary.
- English, Mathematics & ESOL, Literacy and Numeracy (EM&ELN) network
The EM&ELN Network is a network of practitioners, researchers and policy makers who are focused on the understanding and development of practices and skills in English, mathematics, ESOL, literacy and numeracy.
We are interested in:
- developing deeper understandings of the ways in which we use language, literacy, mathematics and numeracy in our daily lives
- the teaching and learning of English, mathematics, ESOL, literacy and numeracy, for both young people and older adults
- the development of subject knowledge/expertise in these areas, including teacher education and professional development.
To provide a national, independent and participative opportunity for practitioners, researchers and policy makers to work together to explore and share theory and practice.
EM&ELN Network staff
Joining the Network
It is free to join. If you would like to join the EM&ELN Network and find out more about the Network’s activities, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the network application form (which will first ask you to join the wider Centre for Post-14 Education and Work before inviting you to join this network).