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.'