The Edge Foundation on careers advice: “qualified support” for statutory guidance

14th April 2014

The Edge Foundation has given qualified support to revised government guidance on ways schools should provide careers advice, information and guidance to young people.

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Edge's response to 'Delivering for the Forgotten 50%'

3rd March 2014

The Edge Foundation responds to recommendations from Labour's independent Skills Taskforce on plans for the Forgotten 50%

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House of Commons' News

  • During Education Questions, Graham Stuart MP, chairman of the Education Committee, cited Edge Foundation evidence to Ministers to argue that ‘more needs to be done to promote understanding of the additional rigour that has been brought to vocational qualifications in general, and to apprenticeships in particular.’ Responding, Matthew Hancock, the Skills Minister said it was also show that the technical and vocational route is valued, particularly by employers ‘in order to change this perceptions gap’.
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  • There was further support for UTCs from the Prime Minister in his response to Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry (PMQs, February 5th, 2014). The PM said they allowed ‘tens of thousands of young people to have the chance of a good education, a good future, and the chance to get a job and get involved in our modern economy. UTCs are well placed to help thousands of students in that way.’
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  • Ministers have confirmed that the next round for University Technical College applications closes on 9 May 2014. Edward Timpson provided details in a written reply to Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow.
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  • University Technical Colleges were mentioned twice when ministers from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills took questions from MPs in the House of Commons. See questions from Oliver Colville MP and Robert Halfon MP
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  • Elizabeth Truss MP, an Education Minister told MPs in the Commons that she ‘thinks it is good for students to be doing both academic and practical subjects”. She was responding to a question from Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield who said ‘many young people in our schools are never given a full choice and the option to do more practical subjects’.
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House of Lords' News

  • Introducing a debate on social mobility, Minister Lord Nash said, to compete in a global market ‘we need to see practical, technical and vocational training integrated and as rigorous as academic learning’.
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  • Peers have debated the approach taken by Germany and Austria in promoting vocational education, and what lessons could be drawn for the United Kingdom and UK competitiveness. Baroness Neville-Rolfe said the German system produced ‘better educational outcomes and a larger, better pool of talent that can be apprenticed to German business, which is very actively involved.’ In response, the Minister, Lord Nash cited UTCs and studio schools ‘of which we have now approved almost 100, are modelled closely on the success of German technical schools, as are our higher apprenticeships.’
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  • Speaking during a debate on the contribution of Education to Economic Growth, Lord Baker discusses the role of UTCs in tackling the skills gap. He also quoted a letter from a pupil at the Central Bedfordshire UTC who wrote: “after (underachieving) failing my first year at a standard sixth form, I made the best decision of my life and started fresh at UTC”.
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  • A short debate in the House of Lords moved by Baroness Wilcox to discuss "increasing the take-up of apprenticeships among young people" included support for UTCS and practical and technical education from the Bishop of Derby, Lord Young of Norwood Green, the shadow minister and Viscount Younger of Leckie, the Minister.
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  • Answering a written question on steps being taken to improve and enhance the vocational courses in the secondary school teaching syllabus for 14 to 15 year olds, the Minister, Lord Nash said university technical colleges were among those options available to young people interested in pursuing vocational routes at 14 alongside the core academic key stage 4 programme.
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