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BORED AT SCHOOL? TRAIN FOR A TRADE SAYS WOODHEAD

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Youngsters bored by academic study should be able to drop some subjects at 14 and train for a trade instead, Chris ...
Youngsters bored by academic study should be able to drop some subjects at 14 and train for a trade instead, Chris Woodhead said yesterday.

In The Guardian (p8) the chief inspector of schools is reported as outlining a more flexible approach to education for those aged over 14.

Speaking at a conference of private school headteachers Mr Woodhead said: 'A plumber who gets a good job and a wage is bound to feel better about themselves than the person who does a degree in media studies and then finds that John Humphreys doesn't want them on the Today programme.'

John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, said: 'There is an entire spectrum of children, and it is unfair to label them as academic or vocational, assuming there is nothing in between.'
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