Drop-out culture

1st February 2008 at 00:00
You are right to point out that the Education and Skills Bill does not say schools will be banned from promoting A-levels ("They said ... We say", TES, January 18), which many publications incorrectly reported.

But what much of the media missed was that it will take more than "impartial" advice to ensure young people are willing to stay in education until 18, another proposition of the bill.

Engaging students with practice as well as theory from a young age is the only way to challenge and stimulate them so they will actively wish to continue in education beyond 16. By connecting with young people in this way, we can take steps to stem the drop-out culture.

Both vocational and academic courses have a role to play. Ministers should seize the chance this bill presents to treat the causes of dissatisfaction with education and ensure schools and colleges provide impartial advice on options.

Andy Powell, Chief executive, Edge educational foundation, London.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today