Key stage 4 work-related learning hit by exams focus, Ofsted warns

Ofsted has raised concerns over the lack of opportunities for students to take part in meaningful work-related learning or work experience during key stage 4.

Furthermore, poor coordination between businesses and schools and a lack of an overarching government strategy are leaving young people unprepared for the world of work, particularly those who are disadvantaged.

The criticisms have come in a new report from Ofsted looking into work-related learning and enterprise education in secondary schools.

Inspectors visited 40 schools for the report as well as drawing on evidence from 109 routine inspection reports, interviews with headteachers, two expert groups representing employers, and responses from parent panels.

The resulting report – Getting Ready for Work – finds that only four of the 40 secondary schools visited had an effective approach to these aspects of the curriculum.

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