These 18 year olds may not wish to do a full honours degree. But it should be far easier for them to be funded to get to level four or five – Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas etc.
We don’t want our children to grow up in a stultified, caste society where the only way to wealth and opportunity is to inherit it from parents.
The Government is now trying to make T levels the main vocational alternative to A levels. It is not clear that they can take on such a big role.
The UK needs a more highly-skilled workforce which is sufficiently agile to meet the changing face of working life. Delivering one will require the whole Whitehall machine.
The backlash against the Schools Bill is just the latest sign that we have let schools slip off the Conservative agenda.
There is a lot of rhetoric about boosting vocational training, but we need to do more to deliver it in practice.
She is pushing through reforms which are of tremendous significance, but as yet unnoticed by the wider public.
We need to stop the obsession about whether more or fewer people are going to university.
Such qualifications offer a pathway to secure employment with less debt, but public attitudes don’t recognise their value.
Our new Lifelong Loan Entitlement will give everyone the equivalent of four years of post-18 education to use over their lifetime.
T Levels are a much-needed addition, but they should not be the only option for the 16-year-old not wishing to take A levels. Save the BTEC.
Free Schools spotted a gap in the market and provided a solution to fill it. This initiative has the potential to do the same.
A major part of the problem is high tax rates driven by borrowing for higher education courses that they’d be better off not taking.
One way in which we can achieve this is by formally splitting courses into three categories.