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ERIC Number: EJ1108304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
Skilled and Ready: What Combined Authorities Want from Schools
Hatcher, Richard
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v58 n2 p216-232 2016
The purpose of combined authorities, driven by government, is economic growth and public sector reform. Economic growth requires improved productivity. The main obstacle, it is claimed, is a "skills deficit," which schools need to address. In this article the evidence for this claim is examined. The real problem, it is argued, is a structurally low-skill, low-investment economy. What employers want from "non-academic" school leavers is basic skills, "soft skills" and positive attitudes to work. The contradiction with the Government's EBacc-dominated curriculum creates a space for "employability" programmes in schools which may be promoted by combined authorities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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