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.
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.