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Snobbery is blocking a credible path into work

Functional skills courses are a viable and effective alternative to GCSEs, but government and FE providers treat them as a poor relation, writes Roshan Doug

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Successive governments since 1988 have attempted to address the relevance of education for both our young people and employers. Today, it is the holistic approach to education and learning that Ofsted is encouraging, not just specific subject knowledge. That means more focus on vocational courses needs to be evidenced.

Nowhere is this more relevant than in further education, where providers manage and deliver apprenticeship programmes and functional skills to a wide spectrum of students who have been – for whatever reason – unable to attain GCSE English or maths at school.

However, after ...

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