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Posts Tagged ‘Skills’

The Appetite is There

Resilience-For-Success-3dAfter my post last week there is a clear mandate for teaching character and resilience.  Of those voting 100% agreed that it is something we should be doing in our schools.

There were a few e-mails sent too – saying we were already teaching it, which is great news. A few of these seemed to think there was a criticism in what I was saying and this was not intended. So many schools do so much already and the profession is constantly being challenged and under review from the Government, Ofsted, the media and parents (to mention a few).

Given this and the changes to terms and conditions, pensions and the many initiatives, it isn’t surprising to find teachers and other staff feeling demotivated.  Despite this so many continue to give their best to students every day and you are our heroes as you strive to raise ambition and achievement.

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Employers Want Vocational Training

Over 1,000 employers were quizzed for qualification provider City and Guilds and skills charity Edge Foundation with researchers questioning recruitment managers at a range of small, medium and large businesses in a variety of sectors across the UK.time for change

  • Nearly three quarters (72%) said they viewed vocational qualifications as essential for preparing young people for work.
  • Over half (53%) said they valued vocational qualifications in prospective employees above academic attainment.
  • Some 78% agreed that young people who preferred practical learning need a better alternative route to A-levels.
  • An overwhelming 83% said young people needed better advice on the career options open to them.
  • Some 84% also agreed that pupils needed more robust work experience while they were still at school.

The survey findings echo widespread concerns that vocational education can too often be of low quality, too short and fail to lead to jobs or further study.

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