Teenagers' time out

3rd July 1998 at 01:00
Disaffected teenagers will be allowed to spend one day a week in the workplace instead of school under new government rules, writes Nicholas Pyke.

Ministers hope the scheme, aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds, will remotivate them and help cut truancy.

From September, schools will be free to allocate 15 per cent of the timetable to work-related learning for pupils who could benefit. This would involve work experience and further education.

"For these teenagers we need to offer something more than the national curriculum," said Education Secretary David Blunkett. "In the past they could have learned a trade and seen the direct link between training and work. We need to rebuild those links."

Schools will have to produce workable plans, ensuring that the pupils get a broad and balanced curriculum.

Mr Blunkett also announced Pounds 800 000 to support 21 projects tackling disaffection. One thousand youngsters will receive help with key skills and work placements.

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