Vocational Education

Education written question – answered on 18th March 2013.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the report from City and Guilds Centre for Skills Development entitled How to teach vocational education: a theory of vocational pedagogy, with particular regard to the practical policy implementations of the recommendation that vocational education needs to be taught in the context of practical problem-solving.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills

The City and Guilds report is a welcome addition to debate around vocational education. Learning by trying to solve real-life problems can be a highly effective way of acquiring and applying vocational knowledge and skills. That is why we are implementing significant post-16 curriculum reforms and consulting on the reform of vocational qualifications. From September 2013 the introduction of 16-19 study programmes will particularly benefit students taking vocational programmes. These will focus on students studying substantial vocational qualifications, undertaking work experience and the continuing study of English and/or maths. The qualification reforms we are planning are expected to take effect from September 2014 and will encourage a much greater focus on the mastery of occupationally relevant skills.

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