My M level PCET PGCE in ESOL

 Student centered grammar

Teacher centered grammar

 Grammar PowerPoint

 Grammar PowerPoint 2

 Conditionals PowerPoint 

 Some of my references

My higher education in the UK

 Some graduate statistics

 Different skill levels at work

 Graduate employment levels

 NQF qualifications 

 I have 5 NQF 4+ qualifications

 Highest qualification people have

 My children's book

 What do I know about IELTS?

 IELTS Question 1

            IELTS 1 written answer

 IELTS Question 2

            IELTS 2 written answer

            IELTS 2 written answer

            Extended written answer

 IELTS Reading       

 IELTS Listening       

 IELTS Speaking       

 A literacy story on BBC news

  Literacy standards in England

 Level 1 literacy and numeracy test

 Literacy research

 Mental Illness research

I think about this a lot partly because I did pass some fairly high level qualifications and although no one is remotely interested the facts and statistics suggest that this is probably wrong and I am right to feel upset about my lack of success with my university education. I just really feel that the last ten years have been wasted work wise due to finding it impossible to get a reasonable job commensurate with my education despite my best efforts which lead me to the conclusion we are far more than our work and that some people are lucky with their careers but when you think that you compete with 20 to 30 people for any good job the odds are that you aren't going to be successful but no one ever really talks about that. It hasn't been all bad, I have travelled and had support from my family. We live in modern times as the previous article said only 5% of the adult population had a degree in 1981 which is less than forty years ago but now a lot of people have one. I passed mine in 1997 and not that many people had one then but it was still quite difficult to find a good job and I've really struggled most of my adult life even as I've passed postgraduate qualifications as I've applied for work over the years I've gotten the sense that I havn't had anything that people needed or wanted and it's been really upsetting. 2019

 People with degrees and post graduate qualifications now and then.

I took a numeracy test online (18/03/2019) just to see how well I could do

  My numeracy test March 2019

The reason I've put this here is because good numeracy should lead to better health, employment and higher wages all other things being equal, certainly if you can say that only 22% of the population has this level of numeracy then it's quite impressive

Food for thought from a few years ago but I don't think things have changed really.

  Literacy and numeracy in the UK

Van Gogh's bedroom; no way to be living in a city of 8 million people like London but what can you do? :) I lived in a place like this when I taught in London.

I'm a 51 year old British man who quite enjoyed teaching some years ago. Mark Benniman 03/2019


Quote 'DfES findings, based on a survey of 8,730 16 to 65 year olds in England, found a strong link between numeracy and literacy and higher wages. Some 68% of full-time workers earning more than 20,000 a year had gained at least one GCSE at grade C or above. The CBI estimates that poor skills cost the British economy 10bn a year'.

My NQF level 4+ qualifications: HND 96, BSc 97, PGD 01, PCET PGCE 03.

 My education and finding work

 My efforts

 It hasn't been fair 

How do people afford to live in London and increasingly around the world? How do they make enough money? Is it fair that you can get qualified in the top 5% of the population and get a commensurate job but only afford a flat share or studio flat in a city of 8 million people?

  An article about renting in London

  Hammermsith house prices 2013

  Hammersmith house prices 2018

  Social housing


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