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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2000): Education - UK - Training

FUNDING UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

N. Merrick

Public Finance, June 30th - July 6th 2000, p. 22-23

The responsibility for funding further education colleges, school sixth forms and LEA-run adult education will be transferred to a new Learning and Skills Council from April 2001. Article suggests that the new system will be as complicated and bureaucratic as the one that it replaces.

LETTING A THOUSAND FLOWERS BLOOM: DIVERSITY IN MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS

L. Unwin

College Research, vol. 3, Summer 2000, p. 13-14

Paper examines the problems that lie behind the lack of standardisation in modern apprenticeships and calls for the development of a core entitlement for every apprentice.

SKILLING THE UNSKILLED: WORK-BASED LEARNING AND THE LIFELONG LEARNING AGENDA

H. Rainbird

Journal of Education and Work, vol. 13, 2000, p. 183-197

Evidence from key policy documents suggests that the Labour government will continue to adopt a voluntary approach in the field of vocational training, with the danger that this will reinforce patterns of inequality of access. Unskilled workers whose experience of formal schooling is likely to have been poor are unlikely to access learning outside the workplace on their own initiative.

SKILLS FOR ALL: PROPOSALS FOR A NATIONAL SKILLS AGENDA

Skills Task Force

Department for Education and Employment, 2000

Proposes that priority should be given to:

Targets set for the next decade are:

(For a summary see Working Brief, issue 116, 2000, p. 13-16)

VOCATIONAL LEARNING

N. Davies

Guardian, July 12th 2000, p. 1

Proposes the introduction of more vocational and practical learning into schools to help motivate disaffected and less able children. Barriers to this approach include the requirements of the national curriculum, the effects of school league tables, and the abandonment of selection. Calls for a more towards needs-based funding to target extra money on disadvantaged children, and the introduction of grade repetition for failing children.

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