The Department for Education have announced that all pupils who fail to achieve a good pass – C or better – in English or maths GCSE by the time they finish secondary school must continue to study the subjects in post-16 education until they get these qualifications. From 2015, this will impact all young people up to the age of 18, as a raised ‘participation age’ means they must remain in some form of education or training.
The announcement follows one of Alison Wolf’s recommendations from her 2011 review of vocational education, which exposed the limited value of many of the vocational qualifications currently on offer for young people. She also highlighted that it was “shocking” that the system of funding schools and colleges post-16 “actively discouraged 16 to 19 year olds from catching up with their English and maths.” Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that English and maths “are, quite simply, the most important vocational skills a young person can have”, and the news has been broadly welcomed by educationalists including the NUT and AOC. To read the full press release from the Department of Education, please click here.
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