Edge is pleased to be supporting the GMCA with the design of the MBacc and we welcome the Committee’s recommendation that the Government engages closely with colleagues in the GMCA as the MBacc develops.
But the emphasis on ‘academic’ pathways flows right the way through the system, and trickles into Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance.
We fully support the Committee’s recommendation that all careers education, information, advice and guidance in the Key Stage 3 phase gives “equal status to the full range of post-16 pathways, including technical and vocational qualifications, such as BTECs, and apprenticeships’ and that the Government develops ‘potential solutions to the problem of schools being overly incentivised to encourage pupils to follow academic routes”.
The interim report of our Young Lives, Young Futures study, funded by the ESRC, found that many young people enter vocational and technical routes at 16 without a clear understanding of their options and career pathways, seeing vocational education and training as more of a ‘back-up’ option to the more prestigious academic pathway of A-Levels and university.
Meaningful opportunities to engage with employers is key to reversing this. We’re pleased to see recognition for the schools we highlighted in our evidence submission taking bold strides to develop an integrated curriculum at KS3.