While there has been considerable debate over the principles and philosophy of academic education, much less debate has centred around vocational education, leading to a state of constant policy flux and instability across the sector. This report is part of a series which seeks to remedy this gap. Through this we hope to debate, question and challenge the underlying principles and philosophy of vocational education in order to move away from instability and towards a more settled vision of vocational education.
This third debate builds on our first two volumes in the series and drew out a range of useful, differing views, offering scope for further collaboration and consideration:
- Tension between competitive market-based VET system and need for co-ordination
- Differences in use of vocabulary around VET and need for a common language
- The importance of professional judgement
- The future of vocational assessment
Chris Winch (Kings College London), Olly Newton