Welcome to the Edge Foundation

  • It's been 10 years since the Edge Foundation was formed. Take a look at some of our greatest moments

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  • We celebrate success and showcase vocational excellence

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  • Read Edge’s Six Steps for Change to find out our views on the education and training system

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  • Edge is an independent education foundation, dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.

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  • We work with policy-makers and opinion-formers so that we can take our message to the people who make the decisions

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  • Working with a number of organisations who share our belief in the importance of technical, practical & vocational learning is important to us

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Partner Updates

  • 10th Anniversary

    David Hughes, NIACE CEO, kicks of our 10th Anniversary blog series with his views on the past ten years, and his hopes for the next.

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  • Future First

    Future First has been building alumni communities in state schools in the UK for five years now. This report focuses on the role of alumni in supporting the transition from school to work.

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Policy work

  • Labour's Technical Degrees

    The Edge Foundation very much welcomes the proposals made by the Labour party today, regarding the introduction of ‘Technical Degrees’.

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  • Technical Awards warmly welcomed

    Lord Baker, chair of education charities the Edge Foundation and the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, has warmly welcomed plans for new Technical Awards to be taken by young people aged 14-19

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Six Steps for Change

  • Edge wants an education and training system which:

    • helps young people find out what they're good at and what they enjoy doing
    • rewards and recognises individual success in all its forms, not just in exams
    • helps people choose paths that support their talents and ambitions
    • shows how education creates the knowledge, skills and talents needed by the UK economy
  • Step 1: Recognise that there are many talents and paths to success

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  • Step 2: Ensure that "learning by doing" is valued equally with academic learning

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  • Step 3: Provide technical, practical and vocational learning as an integral and valued part of every young person's education and as a recognised route to success

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  • Step 4: From the age of 14, give young people a choice of learning experiences and pathways based on their motivation, talents and career aspirations

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  • Step 5: Ensure that the technical, practical and vocational education and qualifications offered in schools, FE and HE are high quality and recognised by employers

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  • Step 6: Ensure all young people, whatever their different abilities and interests, leave the system with confidence, ambition and the skills to succeed and the skills the economy needs

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