Learning for Labour: specialist diplomas and 14-19 education

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 49 Number 3 (2007)

Learning for Labour: specialist diplomas and 14-19 education
MARTIN ALLEN, pages 299-304
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2007.49.3.299

Abstract

The 2006 Education Act provided an entitlement for all 14 year-olds to take a specialist diploma from 2013. Despite concerns of many educationalists and politicians, the first diplomas will begin in September 2008. New Labour claims that the diplomas are innovative and challenging; however, this article argues that they exhibit many of the weaknesses and contradictions of existing vocational qualifications, will accentuate divisions and represent a further move away from a comprehensive curriculum. The article also argues, however, that in addition to opposing the introduction of the diplomas, reformers must rethink approaches towards vocational learning in schools.

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MARTIN ALLEN (2007) Learning for Labour: specialist diplomas and 14-19 education, FORUM, 49(3), 299-304. https://doi.org/10.2304/forum.2007.49.3.299

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