At a glance headlines: October 16, 2014

Parental backing for a baccalaureate-style certificate to sum up academic and practical achievements, and a national conference on education's role in advancing gender equality are among SecEd's At a glance headlines for October 16, 2014.

More than three-quarters of parents back the idea of a “baccalaureate-style” certificate that could be given to students at age 18 summing up achievements in both academic and practical subjects. Also, 70 per cent back the concept of technical degrees combining academic study and hands-on work. 

The findings come from a survey of more than 1,000 parents of students aged 13 to 18 commissioned by vocational education foundation Edge to mark its 10th anniversary. 

Elsewhere in the survey, two-thirds of parents believe that there is too much pressure on young people to go to university and more than half would like to see more practical learning in schools. More than 80 per cent said that team-working and problem-solving skills were just as important as academic work.

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