The research on career websites by Cathy Howieson and Sheila Semple was the main item considered by the Education and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 4 March. The Committee discussed the implications of their recent study ‘What’s the Evidence? Comparing the impact of careers websites and other career support’ for Skills Development Scotland (the body responsible for career guidance in Scotland). Both Cathy and Sheila appeared as ‘witnesses’ at the session as well as submitting written evidence. The summary Briefing of their research is available to download
Ofqual, the body which oversees and regulates the qualifications system in England, is establishing a new Advisory Committee for vocational qualifications, and has invited David Raffe to join.
Japanese policy-makers are considering introducing a National Qualifications Framework (NQF), thus joining the 143 countries which already have an NQF, are introducing one or are considering doing so. One of the purposes of doing so would be to increase the coherence and performance of its very differentiated tertiary education system. Kyushu university led a conference on 21-23 February to explore this issue. David Raffe's keynote presentation to this conference is attached.
Film Preview Seminar: Our Future: Young People’s Views of Higher Education in Scotland, by Sarah Minty, Research Fellow, CREID, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh (Friday 10th January 2014, 12.30-13.30pm, St John's Land Seminar Room 4.22, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Campus).
2 New CES Briefings
Governing by Inspection (1): The work of the European Inspectorates, Jenny Ozga, Sotiria Grek and Martin Lawn
Governing by Inspection (2): Redesigning school inspection in England and Scotland, John Clarke, Sotiria Grek and Jenny Ozga
Cathy Howieson and David Raffe have both submitted comments in response to the interim report of the Wood Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce. Both submissions draw attention to educational research relevant to the Commission's work, and both stress the need to learn from the experience of previous attempts to address the issues raised in the report before embarking on a further round of policy change.
Recent events attended by John Hart:
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) meeting, Birchwood Conference Centre in Kempton Park, 22 October 2013
The key challenges for India, National Skills Qualifications Framework Conference “The NSQF: Making it happen, New Delhi, 22-23 May 2013, India-EU Skills Development Project.
5th Quality Assurance Workshop, Ankara, 13-14 March 2013, coordinated by Professional Competence and Quality System Expert John Hart
Lifelong Learning and Employability in Scotland, International Conference on Lifelong Learning, Istanbul, 11-13 November 2012, EU-funded Project for Promotıng Lıfelong Learnıng in Turkey.
CES carries out research in the social sciences of education that is independent, methodologically sound and that explores fundamental issues about the purposes and processes of education, and of policy in education, with a starting point in Scotland, but located in the wider framework of Europe.
The research of the CES is published in a variety of forms including briefings for policy-makers and practitioners, articles in academic and professional journals, reports and books. Key research findings are summarised in a regular series of CES Briefings.
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