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Schools need to sell pupils the ‘possibility’ of apprenticeships

Vocational education should hold the same weight as ‘the academic pathway’, says minister

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Scottish schools are no longer supposed to set pupils on a linear educational path, where the emphasis is on picking up as many “academic” qualifications as they can along the way. Now, in the era of Curriculum for Excellence, school is about presenting myriad “learner journeys”, individualised experiences where pupils choose from a cornucopia of qualifications, depending on what suits them best.

That is the theory. Whether the school experience has changed that much, however, is a bone of contention. Some make the argument that, by and large, secondary schools still prioritise – and are ...

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