• 18/07/2016

    Technical, practical and vocational learning: a review of research conducted, commissioned and funded by the Edge Foundation since 2004

    The Edge Foundation has been researching technical, practical and vocational learning ever since it was launched. We have set out to document the challenges we face, the way they manifest themselves in society, and what we can learn from good practice in the UK and around the world.
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  • 09/05/2016

    The Digital Revolution

    Lord Kenneth Baker, Chair of the Edge Foundation, is calling for radical action to prepare young people for the next industrial revolution in a new report
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  • 04/04/2016

    Study visit to Austria

    In February 2016, David Harbourne, Director of Policy and Research at the Edge Foundation, visited Austria to gain an insight into their technical education
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  • 19/01/2016

    Edge Seminars - The Skills Show

    This report covers the four policy seminars Edge held at The Skills Show on Friday 20th November 2015
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  • 13/08/2015

    The 'uncomfortable truth' behind graduate employment figures

    In a report to coincide with A Level results day, independent education charity the Edge Foundation has accused higher education bodies of manipulating statistics to disguise the poor job prospects facing many graduates
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  • 17/03/2015

    Study visit to Switzerland

    In September 2014 David Harbourne visited Switzerland to take part in the International Congress on Vocation and Professional Education and Training held in Wintherthur
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  • 04/02/2015

    Vocationalism? Past, present and future

    The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is hosting a research conference
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  • 23/01/2015

    Study visit to Nashville

    This report follows two study visits to Nashville in 2014, organised by the Edge Foundation.
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  • 25/06/2014

    Research Conference - call for papers

    The Edge Foundation is hosting its second Research Conference at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on Friday 14th November 2014.
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  • 02/06/2014

    New Zealand youth guarantee report May 2014

    Vocational pathways to further learning and work in New Zealand - an Edge study visit
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  • 02/06/2014

    New Zealand industry training and apprenticeships report May 2014

    An Edge Study Visit - David Harbourne, Director of Policy and Research
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  • 23/03/2014

    The Skills Mismatch

    The Edge Foundation has produced a report entitled ‘The Skills Mismatch’. It focuses on the disconnect between the education system of our country and the needs of the British economy.
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  • 09/01/2014

    Tomorrow’s Growth: New routes to higher skills

    Report of an Edge policy seminar held at the Edge Hotel School, December 2013.
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  • 09/12/2013

    Report of Edge's Policy Seminar held at The Skills Show

    Apprenticeships: Reform is the answer - but what’s the question? Report of an Edge policy seminar held at The Skills Show, 15 November 2013
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  • 26/11/2013

    Every School a Community: The Role of Alumni in Supporting the Transition from School to Work

    Future First’s vision is that every state school and college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community.
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  • 11/11/2013

    Views on vocational qualifications

    New research from Edge and City & Guilds shows over half of employers value vocational qualifications more than academic qualifications
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  • 24/10/2013

    Progression of apprentices to Higher Education in London 2004-2010

    This report presents data about the progression to higher education of London domiciled advanced level apprentices.
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  • 24/10/2013

    Progression of college learners to Higher Education in London 2005-2009

    This report presents the findings of research undertaken for Linking London and co-sponsors on the progression into higher education of learners from London Further Education (FE) colleges since 2005-06.
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  • 24/10/2013

    Profound employer engagement in education: What it is and options for scaling it up

    A report for the Board of Trustees of the Edge Foundation by Dr Anthony Mann and Baljinder Virk, Education and Employers Taskforce
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  • 04/09/2013

    Adult apprenticeship funding reform: an Edge Foundation commentary

    Apprenticeship funding: heading the wrong way?
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  • 10/07/2013

    Education in British Columbia - An Edge Study Visit

    In February 2013, the Edge Foundation arranged a study tour to Vancouver.
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  • 07/05/2013

    Protecting Options for pre-16 pupils

    This report assesses the effects of league table-based school accountability on the provision of high-quality vocational education in England for the 14–16 age group.
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  • 20/03/2013

    Studio Schools Trust evaluation

    An evaluation of the Studio Schools Trust, one of Edge’s partners, and it's role in raising the status of practical and vocational learning
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  • 28/01/2013

    The impact of league table reform on Vocational Education in schools

    Research carried out by think tank IPPR, shows that 60 per cent of schools are either planning to cut the provision of vocational qualifications or have already done so. This is despite 85 per cent of school leaders agreeing that vocational qualifications are valuable for their students.
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  • 28/09/2012

    VQ Day Evaluation Report 2008 - 2012

    Celebrating five years of vocational excellence
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  • 18/06/2012

    Edge to host research conference

    The inaugural Edge research conference will take place on Friday 16th November 2012 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
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  • 02/05/2012

    City & Guilds - Ways into Work

    Given that youth unemployment stands at over 1 million, it is important to spend more time understanding how young people feel about the current economic climate and their future job prospects.
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  • University of Exeter Research

    Edge commissioned the University of Exeter to investigate the impact of practical and vocational learning on the motivation, attitudes and achievement of 'academically able' young people.
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  • 30/06/2011

    VQ Day Evaluation Report 2011

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  • 07/10/2011

    Respected research

    The Baker Dearing Educational Trust and Edge commissioned the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to identify qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that would be respected by the STEM community.
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  • 06/06/2011

    The employability skills of new graduates

    Edge commissioned the SCRE Centre at the University of Glasgow to investigate employers’ perceptions of the employability skills of new graduates.
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  • 08/04/2011

    Social Mobility, Careers Advice & Alumni Networks

    A Future First Report Into Revolutionising Careers Advisory Services in the UK
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  • 08/11/2010

    Wolf Review of 14 - 19 Vocational Education

    This is the Edge Foundation’s submission to the Professor Wolf review who was asked by Michael Gove to consider how we can improve vocational education for 14 - 29 year olds.
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  • 15/10/2010

    Considerations for University Technical Colleges

    The report reviews trends in technical and vocational education since the 1980s, in the UK and in four other countries: Germany, the USE, Japan and Sweden.
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  • 26/06/2010

    VQ Day 2010 Research Report

    A report on Vocational Qualifications in the UK, 2010. This report highlights the growing success of and need for practical and vocational qualifications and alternative education paths in the UK.
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  • 19/03/2010

    Have Your Say Voices

    Edge has collated the public responses to our 'Have your say' campaign. This report outlines in full all of these responses.
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  • 08/03/2010

    Mind the Gap - Research and Reality in Practical and Vocational Education

    This report assesses the current state of practical and vocational education in the UK based on international comparisons.
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  • 23/02/2010

    Teaching training in vocational education

    This Skills Commission inquiry examines the inequalities between academic and vocational teachers and proposes recommendations to bridge the gap between the two.
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  • 16/02/2010

    Youth Voices on Employability

    The second Youth Commission investigation engaged over 7,000 young people with the aim to get young people themselves working on what needs to change in relation to their employability.
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  • 18/01/2010

    Survey on education opinions

    Edge conducted a survey into people's opinions on what changes should be made in our education system as part of the 'Have your say' campaign.
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  • 15/01/2010

    YouGov Benchmarking Surveys: Attitudes to Learning

    Gaging attitudes to learning and employer engagement in our education system
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  • 14/01/2010

    YouGov Report on Work Experience and Employer Engagement in Education

    Gauging the involvement and integration between businesses and schools.
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  • 01/11/2009

    Edge annual benchmarking report 2008

    An annual report carried out by YouGov looking at changing attitudes to key practical and vocational learning issues.
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  • 01/10/2009

    Intelligence in the flesh

    A report into how new scientific understanding can help practical education regain the respect it deserves.
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  • 04/09/2009

    Parents demand better schools

    Research carried out on behalf of Edge in August 2009 found that parents are demanding better facilities in schools, that bring down the barriers between private and public school.
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  • 14/08/2009

    VQ Day Evaluation Report 2009

    An evaluation of VQ Day 2009, which began to establish VQ Day as an annual event in celebration of the millions of vocational learners in the UK.
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  • 02/07/2009

    Evaluations of Practical Learning Programmes

    An Edge conducted evaluation of government-initiated programs that have sought to introduce practical elements into the national curriculum.
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  • 01/07/2009

    Practical and vocational learning undertaken by young people

    An article for Edge by Professor William Richardson from the University of Exeter reviewing practical and vocational learning undertaken by ‘academically able’ young people.
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  • 01/07/2009

    Practical and Vocational Education in the UK: A health check

    This report by the Centre for Real World Learning ‘takes the pulse’ of practical and vocational learning in the UK.
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  • 18/05/2009

    Parents' attitudes to education

    Research carried out by Edge found that parents in the UK believe that secondary school is not working for 28% of children, supporting Edge’s campaign for a radical overhaul of the education.
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  • 21/01/2009

    Young People's attitudes to the education system

    A YouGov survey of over 1000 young people in January 2009 found that three quarters felt the current education system needed to be changed to better suit their needs.
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  • 21/01/2009

    Six Steps for Change Report

    Edge has developed the Six Steps report - a wide ranging policy change the education and training system in the UK.
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  • 31/07/2008

    MPs opinions on practical and vocational learning

    Survey of 150 MPs found that MPs did not believe vocational qualifications mattered less than academic qualifications, but wouldn't necessarily encourage their own children to follow a vocational path
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  • 16/07/2008

    Higher Level Qualifications

    This study examines higher education in England, looking at young people’s options and the divisions between different higher education choices.
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  • 10/07/2008

    Education and VQs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

    A study examining education systems across the U.K.
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  • 01/06/2007

    Attitudes and awarenes of specialised diplomas

    A YouGov survey of teachers and FE lecturers in April-May 2007 surveyed awareness and attitudes towards the new 14-19 diplomas.
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