My M-level PCET PGCE in ESOL Having a university education should always mean something special I nearly took two teaching qualifications a few years apart to improve my situation IELTS Question 1
My higher education in the UK
A literacy story on BBC news
Literacy standards in England
About my thinking in this website
How do I see things?
I would like to share an essay I wrote in 1993
My M-level PCET PGCE in ESOL
Having a university education should always mean something special
I nearly took two teaching qualifications a few years apart to improve my situation
IELTS Question 1
Degrees and postgraduate qualifications then and now.
A news story about young educated and unemployed Europeans.
A news story about highly educated and unemployed Americans.
My appraisal of myself in better times
This is a comparision of one of my qualifications in the military
Postgraduate diploma in business administration 2001 mba facts
I took a numeracy test online (18/03/2019) just to see how well I could doMy 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. I lived in a place like this when I taught in London, I didn't mind but I never earned enough to look after a family.
I'm a 51 year old British man who quite enjoyed teaching some years ago and this website has been something to pass the time. I've had it for more than ten years now and although I'm not really looking for anything at the moment there were literally years where I was trying my best to improve my situation without any success. I would also like to add something here that is that life is special and important even when things aren't working out as planned and I have been blessed with a supportive family through all of my ups and downs and I'm thankful for that as I am also thankful for the benefits I've recieved while I've had health problems and the treatment I've had from the NHS. Mark Benniman 03/2019
I spent the best part of ten years looking for a job, no one has understood me and it hasn't been fair to me and my family
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?My story about the cost of housing An article about renting in London Hammermsith house prices 2013 Hammersmith house prices 2018 The cost of houisng in North Devon Social housing Just a point about housing benefit
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'. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3227263.stmMy NQF level 4+ qualifications: HND 96, BSc 97, PGDip 01, PCET PGCE 03.
My education and finding work
It hasn't been fair
I would just like to add a very good document I found on the internet about culture shock Apparently the social class I most closely match is the precariate My PCET PGCE in the standard occupational classification 2010
A plate I made to show job comparisons partly for family reasons becuase in their careers they were or are still at least this level.
My qualification and comments from some alumni from Greenwich University. I only put the alumni comments here to show the levels they have reached.
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