Rebalancing the UK’s education and skills system: transforming capacity for innovation and collaboration

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Bamfield, Louise
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1 September 2013
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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In this think piece, Louise Bamfield examines what is needed to achieve the government's ambition of creating a world class education and skills system. While skills policy has traditionally focused on investment in human capital, the report argues that forms of social and creative capital represent equally significant sources of hidden wealth, as part of broader goals to create the conditions for a richer social and economic life. To be truly innovative and 'world class', the system of the future needs to learn more from the integrated models of learning that are starting to flourish in more vocationally-oriented settings, whilst steering away from more rigid academic models that fail to capture the richness of human needs and capacities.

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