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FE: how do we shift from rhetoric to action?


In this episode, we’re speaking to the economist, academic, and life peer, Baroness Alison Wolf CBE, Non-Executive Director at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology since 2023. Author of the Wolf Report which led to major reforms in vocational education for 14 to 18 year-olds, Baroness Wolf specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market and has acted as an adviser on skills and the workforce in the Number 10 Policy Unit.


We are also joined by Sir Michael Barber, a former teacher who went on to work at the National Union of Teachers before becoming the Government’s Chief Adviser on School Standards. As well as heading up McKinsey’s Global Education Practice, Sir Michael was also Pearson’s Chief Education Adviser, where he helped develop their strategy for education in the poorest parts of the world.


We look forward to your company as we begin Series 4 of our podcast which is shining a spotlight on the education and skills policy issues that should take centre stage at the forthcoming General Election.



Download the transcript for this episode here.