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ERIC Number: EJ776813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
Learning for Labour: Specialist Diplomas and 14-19 Education
Allen, Martin
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v49 n3 p299-304 2007
The 2006 Education Act provided an entitlement for all 14 year-olds to take a specialist diploma from 2013. Despite concerns of many educationalists and politicians, the first diplomas will begin in September 2008. New Labour claims that the diplomas are innovative and challenging; however, this article argues that they exhibit many of the weaknesses and contradictions of existing vocational qualifications, will accentuate divisions and represent a further move away from a comprehensive curriculum. The article also argues, however, that in addition to opposing the introduction of the diplomas, reformers must rethink approaches towards vocational learning in schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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