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Policy and Campaigns

Coronavirus (COVID 19) – important update

Following the recent government announcement regarding coronavirus, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the steps that NEC is taking to...

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was set up in 2015 to advocate for gender equality within the sciences and highlight...

Adult education is on its knees: ‘Let’s hope when the dust settles on the General Election, policy makers will take heed’

No one can doubt that times are tough for adult learners. Since 2003 there are 2 million fewer adults in publicly funded further education,...

The future is digital for A level History of Art

Yesterday (12th November), I attended the official launch event of our online A level History of Art course, held at The Grammar School at...

Black History Month 2019

Black History Month is a celebration of black achievement, a reflection of struggles for rights and an acknowledgement of the progress still to be...

How has the Brexit referendum affected A level Politics intake?

Academics at several universities confirmed “the Brexit effect” was driving a boom in applications for both politics and international relations degrees.* It is no...

Celebrating 30 years of the Prisoners’ Education Trust

The Prisoners’ Education Trust was started around a kitchen table in 1989 by David Burton, Donald McGovern and Elizabeth Andrew. All were passionate about the power...

How do we reverse the decline in mature student numbers?

Today’s blog is written by NEC Marketing and Policy Intern Rea Duxbury, pictured here (centre) with NEC Chief Executive Ros Morpeth (left) and Cambridge...

Taking the stigma out of dyslexia by raising awareness

In support of Dyslexia Awareness Week, we thought we’d highlight the features available on NEC courses that can help support our students with dyslexia....

World Book Day – how it’s inspired us

Today is the 19th annual World Book Day. Children across the country are arriving at school today dressed as their favourite characters from books,...

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Women in art history and the resurgence of Artemisia

This blog post was written by NEC A level History of Art student Fleur. Due to themes and images that may be disturbing to...

What is National Marine Week?

National Marine Week runs from 25th July to 9th August and celebrates the over 30,000 species that call the seas around the UK home....

Bouncing back and moving forwards: how NEC can help with home education in an uncertain world

The National Extension College was founded by Michael Young and Brian Jackson as an educational charity in 1963 to widen participation in education, and...

Getting back into maths and English with Functional Skills

Want to learn more about improving English and maths skills as an adult? Catherine Paulson-Ellis discusses the advantages of gaining Functional Skills qualifications. Just...

How can studying a management qualification online set you off down a new path?

In a time where many peoples’ job situations are changing, whether they are furloughed, have lost their jobs, or are adapting to the new...

Should I be more productive in lockdown?

This week’s post is written by Christine Cox, one of our expert GCSE and A level English Language tutors. Lockdown inertia Time flies …...

How can studying biology help you understand coronavirus?

Written by NEC biology tutor Josie Briggs, learn about how studying biology can help during this time. Trial vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus Most people...

Where can I access art online?

In the first of a new series, NEC student Fleur talks about her experience studying A level History of Art during the coronavirus lockdown,...

What are people studying during lockdown?

Right now, as many of us are stuck at home and social distancing, we are all looking for ways to use the time well...

Why study astronomy?

Can I study astronomy at home? Yes! From the Lyrid meteor shower to the flyovers of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites, astronomical phenomena have been...