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News - 19 June 2014

Shake-up of vocational education in England

 From September 2015, 14- to 16-year-olds would be able to take Technical Awards alongside GCSEs, as new practical courses in subjects such as electronics and textiles will be available next year as part of a shake-up of vocational education in England, ministers have said.

 
The Department for Education (DfE) said the new Technical Awards would give young people real-life practical and technical skills that could be the "starting point for their future careers".
 
Teenagers will be able to study up to three of the awards alongside a minimum of five core GCSEs, including English and maths.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“In subjects such as woodwork, for example, pupils will now measure, cut, joint and finish their own furniture, whereas previously they might have just studied the design of a piece of furniture. In textiles, they would now design and make an outfit using a range of techniques, and in electronics they could use motion-detectors, batteries and other equipment to wire movement-controlled lighting, rather than analysing a light to see how it worked.”
 
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: "Previously, young people were encouraged to study meaningless qualifications completely unrelated to their lives or the rapidly changing world of work.
 
"Technical Awards will give students the opportunity to learn practical skills, which are valued by employers, from the age of 14, and are recognised in the school-performance tables.
 
The government has already announced plans to introduce new Tech-levels for sixth-formers, which are equivalent to an A-level course.
 
The Tech-levels count towards the new Technical Baccalaureate or Tech Bacc.
 
The Tech Bacc is a league-table measure that recognises 16- to 19-year-olds in England who complete a programme of three separate courses, including:
  • a Tech-level
  • a maths course
  • an extended project - an existing qualification designed to test skills such as writing, communication and research
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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