Vocational and technical education are key to changing lives, and hold the potential to change people’s votes, too. They should dominate the Government’s attention.
“That means equality of access to an academic university education, and a much greater focus on the technical alternatives too.”
On what basis would they then be prevented from appearing in pornography? Should they then not be tried as adults and sent to adult prisons? And so on.
She will, today, talk of “identify[ing] ways to help young people make more effective choices when they leave school”. This could be promising.
“It wasn’t anticipated that so many universities would have the same fee for their course. There hasn’t been as much variety as we would have wanted”.
A fairer funding formula, better behaviour, fluency in numeracy and literacy, a richer National Curriculum, better exams: these appeal to voters’ innate common sense.
The Schools Minister has been a near-constant presence at the forefront of educational reform. It’s good that Hinds is listening to him.
Of course, mistakes are made, and governments get things wrong – but there is also a duty to make sure that the good gets out into the public sphere too.
New polling on behalf of the Centre for Social Justice and Family Stability Network helps to highlight what young people themselves are asking for.
We can’t depend on the Government or internet providers to empower young people to use the internet safely.
My advice to parents seeking help from local authorities is not to bother – as it would probably be worse than useless. Their methods ignore the way the brain works.
Whoever leads the Conservatives into the next election needs to gamble some of its political capital on winning over young, urban voters.
In his second piece on Higher Education, the former Universities Minister looks at how they might be tweaked – and why the alternatives are reactionary, expensive or both.
“Competition doesn’t mean privatisation.” The full text of his speech to the Social Market Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In the first of two pieces on Higher Education, the former Universities Minister argues that the conventional account of how fees and funding works is mistaken.