Michael Gove plans for schools to be more like workplace

Tens of thousands of pupils will be sent to a new breed of technical colleges where they can expect to be there for nine hours a day, as part of Government plans for schools to be more like the workplace.

Plans announced yesterday by Education Secretary, Michael Gove, will see many work-related qualifications scrapped in favour of a new system in which employers will play a greater role in helping teach vocational courses and improve competency levels of basic English and maths.

This is part of the proposed blueprint for vocational studies and response to recommendations set out in the Wolf Report which analysed how ‘millions of children have been failed by the education system over the past twenty years’. Professor Alison Wolf found that many 14 to 16 years olds are on courses which the league table systems encourage but which lead children into dead-ends and that many young people have not been told the truth about the consequences of their choice of qualification.

Propsals will see the introduction of new university technical colleges (UTCs) where students will be required to work nine-hour days for 40 weeks a year from the age of 14, and with business backing, are planned to train future generations of bricklayers, mechanics and plumbers.

For Wolf Report: http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/pressnotices/a0075181/wolf-review-proposes-major-reform-of-vocational-education

Nicki, Business Development, dbda

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