British students could finish academic education at 14

January 10, 2011

Under coalition plans, British students will be able to leave academic education at 14 in favour of vocational training at specialist institutions. Up to 70 technical schools teaching practical skills could be opened before the next election, according to the former Tory education secretary who is heading the plan. He says the schools are a movement designed to tackle a shortage of young people with vocational skills. Critics worry the plan would create a two-tier system, with less able students at risk of being pushed into vocational courses and students forced to make important decisions about their future at too young an age. The coalition has pledged to open technical schools in at least a dozen cities across England. The Guardian