Trendy ideas

15th March 1996 at 00:00
Former mandarin Anthony Woollard (TES, February 23) is correct in saying that the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative, after much initial hostility, succeeded in developing more practical styles of learning for students aged 14-18.

However, he still refers to the academicvocational divide, which TVEI sought not to bridge, but to remove, by building vocationally relevant learning methods throughout an integrated curriculum.

If we did that through the introduction of the much suspected trendy ideas, we were never challenged by the ministers of the day, probably because it was they who promoted the ultimately very successful initiative.

JOHN CURTIS Former bureaucrat, Employment Department 3 Helston Road Chelmsford Essex

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