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Schools to be more like workplace says UK Education Secretary

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Fri Mar 04 2011

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(From telegraph.co.uk) Tens of thousands of pupils will be sent to colleges and a new breed of technical schools from the age of 14, where they will work "business hours" and attend classes for an extra two weeks a year.

More professionals and business figures should be brought into mainstream comprehensives to help teach vocational courses, while companies could be paid to let their trainee staff attend lessons.

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The proposals are contained in a blueprint for vocational studies intended to put an end to the "scandalous" failure of state education to ensure school-leavers are competent at reading, writing and mathematics. More than half of 16 year-olds complete compulsory education in England without achieving a basic C grade in both English and maths, and most then follow what ministers have called "dead end" vocational courses.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, published plans which would see many work-related qualifications scrapped in favour of a new system in which employers play a much greater role.

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