Shakira Martin

  • Scrapping the education maintenance allowance was a mistake

    Labour manifesto pledge: Reintroduce the 16-19 Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Shakira Martin argues FOR Scrapping the education maintenance allowance scheme in England was a mistake. Plain and simple. The coalition government did a U-turn on their education policy centred on ‘fairness and equality of opportunity for all’. Against all their rhetoric it took away from

    16.15 Jun. 7th, 2017 | Opinion

  • I'll give FE learners a louder voice nationally

    Writing exclusively for FE Week, Shakira Martin, the new president-elect of the NUS discusses her ambitious plans to represent students of all stripes by leaning on her own background in further rather than higher education I sat down for breakfast with my two daughters over the weekend, back to normality after the rollercoaster of NUS

    5.00 May. 14th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Give apprentices a say in shaping their education

    The Government has faced criticism for rejecting attempts to ensure representatives from all stakeholders involved with apprenticeships — not just employers — are represented on the new Institute for Apprentices. Shakira Martin spells out the case for involving apprentice voices. The government is once again chanting its refrain of “employers must be in the driving

    13.00 Mar. 5th, 2016 | Opinion