Vocational education

Our broken assessment system: How schools are leading change

29 June 2021

A four-year upper secondary phase, a baccalaureate-style award, a stage not age approach – now is the time to rethink our assessment system says Elena Wilson. She sets out her case and considers some examples that schools can build on...

Opening a career college

7 May 2015

Career College North East is the first of these new entities to bring the expertise of a local school and college together. Brendan Tapping explains.

The secrets to vocational success

13 March 2014

Earlier this year, West Lakes Academy was ranked second in the country in the league tables for post-16 vocational qualifications. David Halliday discusses the key steps on their road to vocational success.

What are Career Colleges?

21 November 2013

Launched last month, Career Colleges aim to offer a ‘rounded education’ within a sector or industry for 14 to 19-year-olds. SecEd invited Ruth Gilbert from the Career Colleges Trust to tell us more.

Introducing Traineeships

12 September 2013

The government’s new programme of pre-Apprenticeship course – called Traineeships – are aimed at boosting youth employability skills. David Grailey explains.

Not going to university?

11 October 2012

Andrew Shanahan, author of The Guide to Not Going to University, looks at some of the common concerns students have about alternative pathways.

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