T Levels are a much-needed addition, but they should not be the only option for the 16-year-old not wishing to take A levels. Save the BTEC.
Posts Tagged: Vocational Education
Ben Everitt: Why the plan for a technical university in Milton Keynes offers new opportunities for higher education – and business
Free Schools spotted a gap in the market and provided a solution to fill it. This initiative has the potential to do the same.
Richard Holden: My young constituents want to pay less tax and afford a home. We must lift the University debts that hold them back.
A major part of the problem is high tax rates driven by borrowing for higher education courses that they’d be better off not taking.
Julian Brazier: The time is now for university reform. Here’s how we fix Britain’s broken institutions.
One way in which we can achieve this is by formally splitting courses into three categories.
His, Williamson’s and Johnson’s intent to rebalance higher and further education reflects their Red Wall-focused vision – but will it happen?
Sunak’s statement tomorrow. How much like the Old Normal can we afford to make the New Normal be – or try to?
Given the Coronavirus uncertainties, whatever he announces could be even more provisional than most schemes of most Chancellors.
Neil O’Brien: Higher and technical eduation. The universities should reform themselves. Or have reform forced on them.
For a country deep in debt, lofty thoughts are not enough to justify such huge numbers of students doing things that don’t help them economically,
Ben Gadsby: Yes, the tuition fee system is working. And, no, there aren’t too many young people in higher education.
Too often, discussions about the sector generate more heat than light – and the light falls in the wrong place. We can do better.
Sending pupils early into academic and vocational pathways would allow too many schools to lower their sights and expecations.
There are now so many of them that the degree itself has less impact on employability – this ensuring that they become less economically valuable.
In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
Neil O’Brien: How we can win support from younger voters – and turn our present strength into an enduring majority
For me, the most concerning thing wasn’t being behind among the very young, but being behind among everyone under age 47.
Plus: We Conservatives have a chance to unite, but don’t take an election win for granted. And: the radicalism of Gavin Williamson.
The previously centralised direction of spending was unimaginative and bureaucratic. Funding went into leisure courses.
So we’ve had NHS, policing and immigration plans from Johnson. Stand ready for a schools spending pledge.
He committed during the leadership election contest to raise it to £5000 per pupil – and level up outside London.