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

Policy: the government should introduce four-year programmes of study for 14-18 year olds, enabling them to combine academic and hands-on subjects in different proportions according to their motivation, talents and aspirations.

Practice: young people should have access to impartial careers information, advice and guidance from the age of 11 so they can make informed choices at 14+.

Perception: parents, employers and the public need to know that all 14-18 pathways can lead to further and higher education or apprenticeships, either straight after completing secondary education or later in life.

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