A vocational revolution
Children with no qualifications cannot take advantage of a change in the law two years ago which allows schools to release pupils with GNVQ level 1 for vocational study at local colleges. The change in regulations came about after some colleges started offering schemes which - though technically illegal - proved popular with disaffected youths.
M Blunkett said: "If the present law precludes us from letting a youngster take a foundation apprenticeship we should unblock that mechanism. We may have to change the law again to make that possible."
Mr Blunkett was speaking at the launch of a two-year, pound;38 million package of support for vocational GCSEs, to remedy years of neglect in vocational education, which had been "one of the great failures of post-war education in Britain", he told the Institute of Economic Affairs.
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