‘The Forgotten Half’, from Demos, adds to the concerns raised by Alison Wolf about vocational education

March 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

According to David Aaronovitch, who was speaking at last week’s Opening Minds conference, Tony Blair once claimed that he could declare war on Iran without anyone noticing, as long as he announced it in a report entitled ‘Vocational Education.’

This dismissive attitude may at last be shifting. Earlier in the months, Alison Wolf’s report gave a stinging critique of vocational provision in the UK. Demos has now followed this with The Forgotten Half, which argues that, in the words of one of its authors, Jonathan Birdwell, ‘Our schools are teaching just half of the population.’

The report suggests that part of the solution lies not in school, but in the resources of the local community (echoing Learning Futures’ view that school should be a ‘learning commons open to, and supported by the community).


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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Schools & Multi-School Trusts.

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