Joined-up thinking opens up new routes to post-16 learning

An alternative approach that brings vocational and academic paths together at key stage 5 is proving popular, writes Jon Severs

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People often talk of vocational and academic education as mutually exclusive choices. You have to pick a “side”, stick to it and follow that choice through. Some even claim that certain students are more suited to one route than the other.

Thankfully, this attitude is less prevalent than it once was. There are a number of schools that now mix vocational and academic qualifications at key stage 4, while in the sixth form, students are increasingly getting a better choice of options. The planned introduction of a technical – or “T level” – qualification, and the rebranding of vocational courses ...

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