Over three quarters of parents want young people to get a ‘baccalaureate’ style certificate at 18 summing up their achievements in both academic and practical subjects.
Over three quarters of parents want young people to get a
'baccalaureate' style certificate at 18 summing up their
achievements in both academic and practical subjects.
What's more, 70% are in support of Technical Degrees for people
who want to combine academic study and 'hands on' work.
These are among the findings from a survey of parents of
teenagers commissioned by independent education charity the Edge
Foundation to mark their tenth anniversary. The occasion will also
be marked by a speech by the American author, philosopher and motor
bike mechanic, Matthew B. Crawford.
The data shows there has been some improvement in parents'
knowledge of NVQs since 2008, up from 41% to 49% and nearly half of
parents now say they have good knowledge of
However, overall parents still know more about academic
Approaching two thirds of parents think there's too much
pressure on young people to go to university which is up from about
half in 2008 and less than a quarter of all parents believe their
children will only fulfil their potential if they do go.
"We are encouraged that views are slowly changing around
technical, practical and vocational education. Wehope our research
provides interesting food for thought for policy-makers as they
start to shape their manifestos.
"Parents are keenly aware of the challenges facing young people
today. Blending academic and practical subjects is an attractive
option both in school and beyond. That's been Edge's message since
we started ten years ago - and parents agree." Jan Hodges,
OBE, CEO Edge Foundation
Chairman of the Edge Foundation, Lord Baker
"We still see abig barrier to understanding vocational options
is the lack of good careers advice. Two thirds of parents rated
such advice at their child's school as 'inadequate'. Edge will
continue to campaign for all young people to receive independent
careers advice, face to face covering all their options."
The survey of 1,000 parents found over half think more practical
teaching should be done in schools, with less than one fifth saying
that their child likes to learn in a purely academic way. What's
more, over 80% feel that team work and problem solving are just as
important as academic work - and two thirds believe every young
person should study at least one vocational subject at school, with
only one in a hundred strongly disagreeing.
Bestselling author, Matthew B. Crawford will deliver the Edge
Annual Lecture on 15th October at Plaisterers Hall,
London.In support of Edge's mission to champion technical,
practical and vocational learning, Matthew will make the case for
working with your hands.
Crawford will argue;
"The trades suffer from low prestige, and I believe this is
based on a simple mistake. Because the work is dirty, many people
assume it is also stupid. We've developed a dichotomy of knowledge
work versus manual work, as though they are two very different
things. I'd say that the different kinds of thinking that go on in
the various trades can be genuinely impressive, if we stop to
Other key stats from the research
- Parents are more supportive of practical learning than they
have been in the past and we have seen a 10% increase in the number
of parents who feel that vocational learning often leads to a good
career (47% in 2008 - 56% in 2014)
- There is strong support for only people with a teaching
qualification being allowed to teach in schools but, at the same
time, 50% of parents still express support for bringing
non-teachers into the classroom.