Geoffrey Holden

We need more choice for learners, not less

Qualifications should be broad in scope and offer deep understanding, but sadly we seem to be moving in the opposite direction by removing choice

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In politics, things can change very quickly. In the world of skills and technical education, though, we’re stuck in a cycle, without ever learning from past failures or giving new policies the chance to create change.

In October, the government published the Technical and Further Education Bill, which sets out the reforms to post-16 technical education outlined in the Skills Plan. It takes forward provisions that extend the Institute for Apprenticeships’ remit to cover classroom-based technical education.

The Sainsbury review first suggested that each route should be tendered out to a single ...

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