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Raise a glass to students’ success but we need to talk about A-levels

Raise a glass to students’ success but we need to talk about A-levels

David Skelton, Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, argues that A-levels should be judged on the esteem in which they are held by employers and businesses. He argues that schools should use autonomy over their curriculum to teach subjects that are academically rigorous, with real world application, potentially working in conjunction with local universities and businesses.

How can we help children in care? Should we be sending them to boarding school?

How can we help children in care? Should we be sending them to boarding school?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien highlights the fact that, despite legal provisions giving children in care top priority for schools admissions, they are more likely to be in failing schools than other children. He then examines a scheme previously implemented by Andrew Adonis which placed children in care in boarding schools and the positive effects this had.

What about the snobbery that despises vocational education?

What about the snobbery that despises vocational education?

Education Research Fellow Owen Corrigan calls for politicians to dispel the impression that vocational education is a second-class form of education, arguing that it is an important alternative to academic education. He cites highly successful vocational education systems in Germany and Austria which have led to some of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe.

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