A vocational revolution

26th January 2001 at 00:00
THE Government may change the law to make it possible for underachieving schoolchildren to go on vocational courses at college, Education Secretary David Blunkett said this week.

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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