Labour’s National Baccalaureate: Strong on Principles and Pragmatism


Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 23.22.01 Labour Skills Task Force paper reported on the BBC this week. (Click to Download)

Over the last year, I’ve been working with IoE Director, Chris Husbands, as a member of the Labour Skills Task Force; it has been a fascinating process. This week the third and final report from the group was published, outlining some recommendations for 14-19 curriculum and qualifications reform.  I recommend reading the report in detail because the rationale for each policy proposal is given, based on an analysis of a wide range of challenges that our country is facing.

The fifteen recommendations are summarised at the end of the report:

The fifteen recommendations. The fifteen recommendations.

The process of arriving at these recommendations was extremely interesting. There are numerous forces at work and lots of different voices: employer groups, the FE sector, schools, academics and politicians and party officials with experience of working in government.  The ideas that made it…

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