Monthly Archives: August 2017

The unfairness of funding of tertiary learners: Apprenticeships and degree programmes

Tertiary education: Further education and higher education. I am slightly confused over why the UK Government funds further education apprenticeship programmes, many up to £27,000 for an individual  (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding-bands) yet does not fund higher education degree courses, which currently attract a tuition fee of £27,750 for an individual for a course (https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tuition-fees/). Why the contrast? The Government’s rationale for higher education tuition fee changes back in 2010 was that “Graduates who have completed their studies and become one of the country’s higher earners

Lawn update August

A busy month in August with holidays and warm, wet weather in the UK. 4th August: (1715 – 1740) Air temp: 20.1C; Soil temp: 18.8C Grass height: 60mm – 90mm; average = 80mm Grass cut at 40mm height 1 full box of clippings removed Small amount of earthworm activity A few mushrooms in the top part of the lawn Adjoining shrub/flower border hand weeded 7th August: (1330) Air temp: 19.7C; Soil temp: 17.7C Grass height: 45mm – 80mm; average =

Learning: Questioning and Challenging in Groundsmanship

There is a wealth of learning material available – online or offline – both open access, freely available and in closed platforms, especially those platforms managed by many colleges and Universities: The knowledge base is extremely broad. Knowledge, understanding and then the effective application of that which has been learnt is fundamental to workers who wish to be considered competent, good and capable at their job. However, interpreting and applying knowledge to workplace situations can be daunting, especially where many