As the son of a plumber who ran his own local business for several decades, I know that such technical professions can be extremely rewarding.
What is the objective of higher education if it does not play a major role in addressing our country’s skills deficit?
All the risks of the regime fall presently to students and taxpayers. Not only is this unfair and morally questionable, but it leads directly to undesirable outcomes.
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.”
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.
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.
Yes, we need a resource shift to technical education. But the loss of the Tory majority last June will make it very slow going.
Gone is the Conservative certainty of reducing taxes to promote businesses’ own investment and growth.
The Chancellor has not suddenly changed who he is; he has carefully analysed the issues we face and plotted out a course of action to build a Britain fit for the future.
Let’s have Policy Board outside of the constraints of the Government machine – and a commission on what Britain should look like post-Brexit.
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
Another option would be for Ofsted to rate the school in question from “Outstanding” to “Inadequate” for its engagement and the breadth of its careers advice.
The Social Market Foundation isn’t tied to any party. We’re centrists – our advice and ideas on offer to anyone who wants to put common sense ahead of ideology.
The introduction of a classical liberal education system that has knowledge and rigour at its core means a better future for the next generation.