Julia Belgutay

Should FE be chasing 'parity of esteem'?

If FE wants to change the image of technical education, it should stop striving for 'parity' with academic education, finds Julia Belgutay

FE feature: parity of esteem

It’s a familiar scene. Graduates, all dressed in academic gowns and wearing mortar boards, stand, waiting nervously. One by one, they are called on stage, in front of their proud families, who sit in the audience, cheering and looking on, as each graduate receives a piece of paper recognising that they have completed their chosen programme of study.

But, for all the trappings of academia on show, an increasing number of these ceremonies taking place in cathedrals, marquees and offices across the country are not actually for university graduates at all. They are for apprentices.

While no ...

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