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Bart Shaw is an Associate at LKMco and combines experience of policy making at the heart of central government with hands-on experience as a teacher and middle leader in school. Bart joined the Department for Education and Skills as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2006. There he developed, delivered and evaluated national policies including the £13 million subsidy pathfinder which helped disadvantaged students access after-school activities. He left in 2011 to work directly in schools. Bart holds an MA in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex and has been a trustee and advisor for the charity Development Nepal.

Education in England 2019: EPI and the FEA report…

Today, the Education Policy Institute and Fair Education Alliance publish their “Annual State of the Nation Report” for 2019. Whilst we should be cautious about using year-on-year data to draw conclusions about our education system, the report highlights three important trends that our previous research has explained and responded to. This blog takes EPI and …

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No guarantee of success for well-intentioned mentoring programmes

Despite their widespread popularity, our new research suggests that mentoring programmes are no magic bullet for vulnerable young people. There are hundreds of mentoring programmes across all regions of England. Our new report, “Forging Futures Through Mentoring: A risk worth pursuing?” finds that many focus on vulnerable young people. This includes young people growing up …

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Three key messages from EPI’s cost benefit analysis of apprenticeships

  Apprentices in England should be supported to train longer, train earlier, and train better. Three things I learnt from EPI’s latest report on Apprenticeships. Why the report matters I have a bit of a vested interest in apprenticeships. In 2010, working at the Department for Education, I had a target to increase the numbers …

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