Tag Archives: Vocational education

A curriculum for all? GCSEs, EBacc and Progress 8

We are pleased to announce a new survey, commissioned by the NUT and carried out by a research team from King’s College London. A curriculum for all? The effects of recent Key Stage 4 curriculum, assessment and accountability reforms on … Continue reading

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A future going backwards (part 1)

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford So here we are in the 21st century seeing an education system being shaped on 19th century patterns rather than a system for the future. In those days, a combination of religious and … Continue reading

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Low-level apprenticeships reflect Britain’s ‘coffee shop’ economy

by Martin Allen Ofsted’s hard hitting report on the quality of apprenticeship provision Apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity confirms what is increasingly becoming apparent. Large numbers of apprenticeships are poor quality, involve little real training and merely certify ‘existing … Continue reading

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The apprenticeship swindle

Apprenticeships used to be an esteemed form of skills training, leading to relatively secure and well paid careers. Now the government are trading on the word’s positive connotations while selling short millions of young people. Three years ago, this was … Continue reading

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The Techbacc and apprenticeships: as many questions as answers

by Martin Allen Claiming to offer a new alternative for young people at the upper end of secondary school and in Further Education, Labour’s election manifesto retains some old themes –particularly in its policies for vocational education where it wants … Continue reading

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Are apprenticeships a real alternative to university?

by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley Schools have been criticised by government ministers and Ofsted for not doing enough to promote apprenticeships, but do they serve as a real alternative to university? Our research shows that most apprenticeships are low-skilled … Continue reading

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Unifying academic and vocational learning 14-19

Neither Michael Gove’s narrow academicism or Tristram Hunt’s ‘Two Nation’ Labour by Martin Allen   Vocational education was officially established to improve work and employment skills, but few of the vocational courses developed in schools and colleges after the collapse … Continue reading

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