truancy (see LGCnet) does not go far enough, Kay Driver, general secretary of the Professional Association of Teachers, told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.
'It's necessary to look far more closely at why they're bunking off from
school in the first place', she said. The curriculum and the emphasis on
exams are putting many boys off school, she suggested.
Schools minister Jacqui Smith agreed there was a need to look at the
curriculum too. But the money 'can be used by schools and local education
authorities in a whole range of ways' she told Today.
'We're highlighting good practice in Worcestershire, for example, where by
using some of the money we've already made available, they're working with
the local chamber of commerce to help give vocational courses and extended
work experience programmes for 14 to 16 year olds'.