We keep a close eye on what's happening in the world of education, and take an active interest in developments that could affect us or our learners.
On this page you can find information on what's happening at NEC, including any initiatives or offers we've got lined up. We post regular blogs relating to education and our work, which you can find on our external blog site at nationalextensioncollege.blogspot.co.uk.
You can view a selection of these blogs below:
Today is Learning at Work Day, a part of the ongoing events taking place to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week.
In the spirit of Adult Learners’ Week, LAW Day, and NEC’s 50th anniversary, today we are launching our 50 Hours For Free campaign, offering 50 hours of distance learning for absolutely free! Over the following months we will cover a series of topics ranging from economics to counselling, so there will be something to interest everyone.
With Adult Learners' Week just around the corner, and this year's NEC 50th anniversary events fast approaching, we have not one but two reasons to celebrate.
Adult Learners’ Week 2013 takes place this month, and to encourage more people to get involved by learning something new we’ve launched a very special offer. This year we’re encouraging learners to improve their prospects by gaining GCSEs and IGCSEs – core qualifications that are becoming increasingly necessary in the world of work. Another cause to celebrate this year is NEC’s 50th anniversary, for which we have lots of activities planned within our Future 50 campaign, looking forward to the next 50 years as well as celebrating the previous.
Not long now until GCSE and A level exams get under way for 2013. Students everywhere will be revising and preparing for their exams.
This year, we expect more NEC students than ever to be sitting exams either at one of our partnership centres, a local school or college or even on board ship if they’re serving in the Royal Navy! With 50 years experience and hundreds of thousands of successful students, we wanted to share with you some of our best exam tips.
The National Extension College (NEC) welcomes today’s announcement that the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is being scrapped and that GCSEs are to be retained.
Education secretary Michael Gove issued a statement this afternoon in which he said the proposal to move towards the EBacc was “a bridge too far”. The EBacc would initially have replaced key subjects such as English, maths and science, with a view to more subjects being added further down the line...
If you were to guess what NEC’s most enrolled-on course was, what would you go for? Maths GCSE perhaps? Or maybe one of our extremely popular childcare courses?
In actual fact though, of all the 100-plus home study courses on offer at NEC, the most popular remains A level biology.
This fascinating subject continues to attract hundreds of students every year due to its relevance to such a broad range of careers.
Member of Parliament for Cambridge Julian Huppert visited the NEC office recently to meet key members of staff and discuss the future for distance learning.
The Liberal Democrat MP came to discover how NEC is continuing to provide a high standard of education through distance learning to a diverse range of student types, learning about its work with prisoners, seafarers and home educators.
Two of NEC’s most crucial members of staff – and two of its longest serving – are mailings coordinator Sue Flack and dispatch coordinator Judy Casey.
Between them dealing with all of NEC’s incoming post, stock levels, course delivery, mailings, enrolments, office supplies orders and much more besides, a day at work for Judy and Sue, who have been working together for five years, is unfailingly busy.