Rob May

  • T-levels are not the boldest reform of the last 70 years

    Parity of esteem with A-levels is a laudable aim, but T-levels aren’t the root-and-branch redesign of technical education England needs, writes Rob May The 1944 Education Act was an aspirational moment of policy entrepreneurship, setting out a structure for post-war education at a time of massive national uncertainty. Extending its legacy far beyond the school

    5.00 Jun. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Only Ofqual should be allowed to regulate apprenticeship standards

    Trailblazers can choose the body that regulates their apprenticeship standard. Only one of these is actually qualified to do so, argues Rob May Every major skills policy at some point promises to “put employers in the driving seat”. For a department labouring under policy amnesia this has been the rhetoric of reform for at least

    15.00 Apr. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ditch job-specific apprenticeship standards

    Simply put, there are too many pathways, says Rob May, and they’re more than likely too specialised to be truly useful More than a few people in the sector believe that multiple regulators and a lack of standardisation will fundamentally undermine the apprenticeship reform programme. It’s an opinion I’ve shared in the past, but I’m

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Government is making dangerous errors on apprenticeship assessment

    Although the new policy on assessment organisations is intended to drive down overall costs, it’s likely to impact quality at this critical time in the reform programme, says Rob May Imagine you own a plumbing business. Your business is contracted to fit the water supply for a newly designed hotel complex. The plans look challenging,

    14.45 Mar. 1st, 2017 | Opinion